ALL ABOARD! The countdown is on for the launch of Drayton Manor Park’s brand new ride in Thomas Land™!

Thursday March 23 2017

There’s not long to go until Staffordshire based Drayton Manor Park officially unveils its brand new ride, James and the Red Balloon in April 2017.

The new addition marks further expansion to the thriving theme park, which opens for the 2017 season on Thursday 30th March, and will join the host of other rides and attractions in Drayton Manor’s much loved Thomas Land. Based on the beloved Thomas and Friends™ character, the ride features James and his cheeky antics with a hot air balloon. Families can fly up, up and away in their very own balloon and enjoy extensive views of the park from the ride’s highest points.

William Bryan, Managing Director at Drayton Manor Park, comments: “We’re all really looking forward to welcoming our visitors for the new season and unveiling this fantastic addition to Thomas Land. As a family we’re committed to ensuring each season is bigger and better than ever before and we hope James and the Red Balloon will thrill both the young and the young at heart.

“Our staff have been working so hard to ensure the season starts successfully and we can’t wait to open our gates to welcome new and existing visitors for a fun and memorable day out.”

From family favourites in Thomas Land, to white knuckle rides like Apocalypse and G-Force, plus gentler classics like the Buffalo Coaster and the Flying Dutchman; there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

What’s more the 15 acre on site Zoo will this year be welcoming a whole host of new and exciting creatures including Red Panda, Sulawesi Crested Macaques, Bearded Lizards, Golden Headed Lion Tamarins and some very cute Dik Diks, just to name a few!

Visitors travelling from further afield can enjoy a night at the four-star Drayton Manor Hotel, which has 150 bedrooms, including executive rooms, presidential suites and 15 Thomas & Friends themed family bedrooms, sure to give you a comfortable nights’ sleep.  With great Stay and Play packages available throughout the year, you can enjoy a night’s stay at the hotel with a full English breakfast, free Wi-Fi and car parking on site plus one ticket per person into Drayton Manor Park*.

To find out more information, or to book a stay, please visit www.draytonmanorhotel.co.uk.  The hotel also has two bars and restaurants and is located near to the theme park’s on-site restaurant, The Grill Inn, which is open to non-visitors and visitors ensuring people are never stuck for a choice of fine food and drink. Opening hours can be found at www.thegrillinn.co.uk.

The 2017 season runs from Thursday 30th March until Thursday 26th October**, with the Firework Spectacular weekend taking place on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October.  The award winning Magical Christmas event will be on selected dates from 18th November to 31st December.

To book tickets, or for more information about the park, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1950. Reduced prices are available for tickets bought in advance. For regular updates and news about Drayton Manor Park join it on Twitter www.twitter.com/Draytonmanor and Facebook www.facebook.com/DraytonManorPark

You can watch the ride being built here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVObT4q_OVQ

*Terms and conditions apply, see website.

**Selected dates, please check website for full details.