Our Day At Drayton Manor
Sarah and her family got to spend a day at the Drayton Manor theme park. Read about their fab day and what they got up to.
As we don't live far from Drayton Manor we decided to set off early and arrive for when the park opened at 9.30am. Directions were well sign posted. There is plenty of free parking and we were able to park very close to the entrance and saw that there were already long queues for tickets. Once the booths had opened however the queues did go down quite quickly and we were inside not long after 9.30am.
We decided to visit the Zoo first as the rides didn't start until 10.30am. There weren't many people wandering the zoo to start with so it was nice to walk around at leisure taking our time with the animals. Dhian particularly liked watching the monkeys jump around their enclosure. We made our way around but a lot of the animals were still asleep or inside their huts, especially the larger ones that Samsher was racing around to see! We did enjoy seeing the penguins race around and the wildcat pace up and down his fence which all the kids were copying! Half way round our tour we spotted the dinosaur display. Samsher was really excited at this. He loved looking at the models along the windy path and all the information boards that told us what they ate, size etc. We decided to head slowly back through the zoo to the rides as we could hear they had begun. We passed the birds and Dhian wouldn't leave the macaw who repeated Hello to her. She was really surprised and found it very amusing!
Queues were approaching 40 minutes by lunchtime so we decided to take a break and look for somewhere to have our picnic. There were plenty of benches around the park and a lot of open grassy areas that people had put blankets on for picnics. We decided to eat on a bench by the zoo entrance and close to the toilets. Although we had packed our own lunch there were plenty of places to purchase a range of food from the Rainforest Pizzeria to hotdogs/burgers, licensed bar, fish and chips, snack stalls or sandwiches at the cafÃ©, all dotted over the park. Toilets and baby changing were clean and easily accessible from most areas of the park - my only criticism would be that they need lower, smaller kiddy facilities. The wash basins were out of reach andthe hand-driers were too high for my 4 year old.
The children were getting fed up of queuing by now so my hubby and I decided not to go on the larger rides as the queues were over an hour from very early on. The park got a bit quieter after 3.30 so we were able to repeat a few of our favourites after a nice ice-cream break. We left the park just before it closed and followed the signs out. These took us all around the back of the park and out of another exit which wasn't well signposted so we took wrong turns going home - Thank Goodness for Sat Nav!
We had a fabulous day but we didn't have time to explore all the park and rides so a return trip is planned next year. It was busy when we went as it was the Summer holidays but there were enough attractions to keep the kids occupied. We didn't rush round and we were fortunate with the warm weather. Hopefully, next time we'll be able to explore a little more!
Sarah Braich with Samsher (4½), Dhian (2) and Dad!
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