Staffordshire based Drayton Manor Park is opening the doors to its 2018 season and kicks off celebrations for the tenth anniversary of Europe’s only Thomas Land, on Wednesday 28th March.

To mark a decade of fun-filled years, the theme park will be hosting a number celebratory events, running money-can’t-buy competitions, and launching some not-to-be-missed special offers that honour ten years of the little blue engine and his friends steaming his way into the Midlands.

The successful multi-million-pound attraction, which is one of only three in the world, was launched at the popular family theme park in 2008, and since then has cemented its place in the hearts of families across the UK and the rest of the world, with some visitors travelling from as far afield as Australia and Japan.

From the moment people enter the gates to the Island of Sodor, set in the heart of Drayton Manor Park, visitors of all ages are completely immersed in the world of Thomas & Friends, based on the much-loved children’s television series.

The attraction features many Thomas & Friends character rides for both the young and the young at heart to enjoy, including Thomas himself, Jeremy Jet’s Flying Academy, Harold’s Helicopter Tours, Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster, Terence’s Driving School and many more, not forgetting the newly refurbished Emily’s Play Adventure which offers everyone the chance to continue the fun indoors if the British weather takes a turn.

Since its launch ten years ago, Drayton Manor Park invested a further £2.5 million in Thomas Land and introduced Blue Mountain Engines in 2011, Winston’s Whistle-Stop Tours in 2013, Captain’s Sea Adventure, Flynn’s Fire Rescue and Toby’s Tram Express in 2015. One year ago, Thomas Land also welcomed the highly anticipated James and the Red Balloon on Saturday 1st April 2017.

In addition, VIP rooms have also been added to Thomas Land providing a great space for birthday celebrations and an ideal location for visitors to overlook all the rides and attractions in the magical Island of Sodor.

For those wanting to extend their day out, the theme park took the Thomas & Friends immersive experience one step further in 2012 when it opened the onsite four-star Drayton Manor Hotel, giving families wishing to turn their trip into an overnight or weekend break the option of staying in one of the 15 incredible Thomas & Friends themed rooms. During their stay each child also has the opportunity to have breakfast with their favourite Thomas Land characters and receives a complimentary goodie bag.

William Bryan, Managing Director of Drayton Manor Park, said: “My grandparents established Drayton Manor to provide a space for our guests to create happy memories together, and introducing the much-loved Thomas Land attraction has helped us to provide families with even more opportunities to do so.

‘’Thomas Land holds a special place in my family’s hearts as it has been an instrumental part of our journey as we have grown from strength to strength as one of the UK’s most popular family days out.

‘’For more than 65 years, through second and third Bryan family generations, it has been our mission to help create fun family memories and it has been a pleasure to witness the young and the young-at-heart enjoy their day out at the park. With its own 70-year heritage, Thomas & Friends echoes my family’s values as a brand that has stood the test of time for multiple generations and will continue to resonate with families in the future.’’

Also brand new for the 2018 season is the sensational 4D movie experience, Ice Age: No Time For Nuts, which is guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained come rain or shine. Not forgetting a whole host of thrill rides and the 15-acre zoo, home to some incredible species of animals from all across the globe.

For further updates about the tenth anniversary celebrations, make sure you follow the attraction on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DraytonManorPark and Twitter twitter.com/draytonmanor.

To book tickets, or for more information about the park, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1950.