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Adventures | Thomas Land at Drayton Manor

Just before Christmas, we took our now annual pilgrimage to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor

Last year, X was only 10 months old, so the whole experience was probably wasted on him, but it was the only Christmassy adventure we had, and the pictures will last a lifetime!

This year, we decided to venture back, especially as X’s love of trains has grown exponentially over the last few months (and Daddy’s love of trains helped the decision too…)

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X, it transpired, wasn’t all that fussed. In fact, he spent most of the few hours we were there in the mother of all grumps.

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We didn’t spend particularly long at the park – it was extremely wet and cold (unusual for December 2015 I think you’ll agree!) and we made the rookie error of booking for the first day of the Christmas school holidays. It was packed – there were queues for everything, we were surrounded by fellow harassed parents and impatient kids… oh, if only we had gone a week before! I imagine it being easier with older children who understand the need to wait, and can read the signs around for entertainment purposes (although I am maybe guilty of wishful thinking here, and that statement will come back to haunt me when X is older…)

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The queues were especially long for the actual Thomas train that heads through the park to the Zoo, so sadly we decided to give that a wide berth. We managed to go on the car ride that has been there since I was little though!

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We also spent 25 minutes in a queue for a 3 minute ride on Winston – the monorail type ride that takes you over the top of Thomas Land.

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The biggest hit of the day, at least in Xander’s eyes, was the model of James – the red engine with a number 4 for those uninitiated with the trains on the Island of Sodor – who was sleeping. Xander had a climb inside and played with the levers, and even stroked James’ nose and said “Night Night”.

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There were so many rides, but it turns out that despite actually being a good height for his age, X is about 10cm too short for all of them. Hmph.

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Next year, oh next year will be awesome, I promise, little man. We’ll go before School kicks out, you’ll be big enough for the rides, and you’ll understand why we sometimes have to wait to get the things we want. I hope.

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