What is there at Drayton Manor if you don’t like rides?

PanoramaDraytonTheme Parks are great if you love the thrill of white knuckle rides but if a park doesn’t offer anything for people less keen to scream, then it can make for a disappointing day out. Standing on the side-lines or even worse acting as some kind of human coat-stand while your friends ride the rails of terror is absolutely no fun! Luckily I am an ambassador for my favourite theme park so I’m pretty familiar with all they have to offer. Today I’m talking to those chaps and chapettes who likes their days out to contain less g-force. So what is there at Drayton Manor if you don’t like rides? Absolutely loads! Plus you never have to step foot on a ride if you don’t want too.carouseldrayton

In the Main Park

The Carousel – Probably my personal favourite, ok it’s still a ride but it’s a pretty sedate one and it’s an awful lot of fun for big kids like myself.

Polperro Express – a cute little steam engine that drives around the lake. Watch the swans, ducks (or herons if you’re lucky) and relax safe in the knowledge that you’re not on Stormforce 10 (a water ride) that drips from above.

Drayton Queen Boat – take a leisurely boat trip across the lake aboard the Drayton Queen.

The 4D Cinema – Currently showing Yogi Bear in wondrous 4D! The cinema is so much fun for all ages and is bound to get you laughing.

Bryan’s Works Machines – Take some pennies and play on the old penny slot machines.

The Chairlift – Depending on your sensitivity to height then this one might be out, but these chairs take a gentle pace as they glide into the air so you can view the park from above.

Big Wheel – Another one not for the height sensitive, the big wheel is a relaxing ride of fun.

Various Games Stalls & the Arcade – these do come with associated costs, but hook-a-duck and basketball are always pretty easy going and lots of fun.

LizardThe Zoo

The zoo is full to bursting with all kinds of wonderful animals, including Lynx, Tigers, Monkeys, parrots and much more! If you watch my video at the end of this post you can see a few of my favourites.

RheaThe Farm Park

The farm park has quite a few more animals including Flamingo, Ostriches, Reindeer and more. Plus there’s the wonderful Discover Thomas exhibition where all the adults can reminisce watching the original Thomas the Tank engine ride around the track (he’s animated these days).


My kids and I made a little video to show some of our favourite non-ride fun 🙂


Drayton Manor hosts wonderful events all year round and they are bound to excite even the most ride resistant visitor. The next event is the epic War of the Worlds Firework spectacular!DraytonFireworks

The event takes place Friday 30th October, to Sunday 1st November. The fireworks begin at 7pm (last admission is 6pm), and a whole host of rides will remain open until 9pm. Plus there will be the amazing Firework display set to the War of the Worlds soundtrack.


There’s Thomas Land for the smaller visitors with plenty of gentle rides or you can take a walk through the Dinosaur Trail and learn some new facts about your favourite dino friends.

Finally it would be remiss of me to mention the nature trail at Drayton. I must admit I haven’t managed to do this one myself as there is so much on offer at the park there just hasn’t been time… yet!

For more information pop over to the Drayton Manor website.


#Littlemoments at Drayton Manor Theme Park

PanoramaDraytonFor dedicated readers it should come as no surprise when I say that I love Drayton Manor theme park. It’s a wonderful family day out and as a proud blog ambassador I get to experience the park on a regular basis. I visited just a couple of weeks ago for a Blogger Ambassador Day where we learnt all about future events and special days out. We also watched Drayton’s new TV advert where they talk about the wondrous #littlemoments that can be had at the park. Of course little moments matter in everyday life as well and you can use the hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to let everyone know what touching little moment you’ve experienced recently.


Incidentally I had to show the little moment we had at Drayton Manor, we had arrived early and on a tip from one of the Drayton team headed straight for the zoo. Apparently this is the best time to see the Tigers and various other big cats. We’ve failed on every other occasion and the Tigers and Lynx have eluded us. Not this time…


As if that wasn’t enough I also have the crème dela creme of #littlemoments we managed to see the new Lynx cubs playing with their parents!

Cue huge smiles all round.

The zoo is a really fantastic part of the park and definitely worth an early visit if you want to catch some of the more shy animals. All this week 3-7th August is the Big Bug Bonanza where you can find fascinating facts, photos and videos of your favourite bugs.

Also coming up this month on Sunday 16th August is Roller Coaster Day. Experience the best thrill rides with fellow enthusiasts. Chest mount Go Pro cameras are allowed on all the rides which means you can take the moment home with you.

There’s plenty more on the horizon which I’ll share with you soon. But I thought I’d finish by showing you a peek of the VIP rooms which are located above Sodor Airport in Thomas Land. The themed rooms are fantastic spaces and each opens out to a balcony which overlooks the park.





Horrible Histories At Warwick Castle with the W Factor

Putrid PiratesA short while ago I asked if any of you had the W Factor and fancied entering a new competition based on Horrible Histories at Warwick Castle. I am absolutely thrilled to announce that my three ‘pirates’ do indeed have the W Factor and came second overall!!

WickedWarwickThat means they’ve won cameo roles in Wicked Warwick, a brand new Horrible History stage show being shown at Warwick Castle twice daily until 6th September. The show is amazing! I must admit that none of us were sure what to expect but Wicked Warwick is quick witted, engaging and perfect for all ages. The kids were giggling, I was chortling and the grandparents were laughing heartily. There were impressions of famous people, historical facts and songs a-plenty. I’m not going to tell you that you should go, just make the time and get thee there!! It really is worth a visit and of course you get to explore Warwick Castle too.WickedWarwickStage

Back to the competition, we found our way to the Wicked Warwick stage (by the Riverside), where we claimed our seats early! It was a family affair with Granny knitting Blackbeard’s beard, Daddy painted the ‘No Mercy!’ t-shirt and I had sewn Blackbeard’s coat. The props were made from Ikea packaging boxes (even pirates can be eco-friendly!) and we were all nervously waiting. When the host called the pirates on stage I helped them carry their props and then crept back to the audience to watch. I’d love to show you their performance but unfortunately we had a technical hitch and didn’t capture it 🙁 . However you can see a mini bit in the following Youtube video along with some of the other brilliant entries (aren’t kids brave getting up on stage).

When the winners were announced, the excitement that oozed out of my kids was extreme; they bounced, they skipped and they squealed with glee! They felt so special and grateful and haven’t stopped talking of it since, the trophy of course has a special place where everyone can see it. They even received Horrible History books and have been delighting me with funny facts every day.piratesatwarwickcastle

We finished off our wonderful trip by visiting the Horrible History folk in their encampment near the entrance to the Castle. The kids splatted some rats, although Blackbeard true to pirate form splatted the Executioner stood nearby who reacted in a most humorous manner.piratessplatrats

Later in June we’ll return to Warwick so the kids can take up their cameo roles in Wicked Warwick (I’m determined I’ll get that one on video). We’ll also make sure to see some parts of the castle that we missed such as the Trebuchet firing a fireball or the Eagles flying. We did manage to visit the new Time Tower though which is brilliant.piratefight

For full details on the Horrible History show pop over to the Warwick Castle website here.