James and the Red Balloon: a New Thomas Land Ride

Drayton Manor will soon be home to a brand new Thomas Land ride! Our new ride, James and the Red Balloon, will make its way to the Island of Sodor for the young and young-at-heart to enjoy from April 2017.

Follow the sounds of whistles and toots, look for the red balloon in the sky, and make sure you’re one of the first to enjoy our amazing new James and the Red Balloon attraction by booking a stay and play package at our 4* hotel and make your Thomas Land visit unforgettable. 

This exciting new balloon ride will take Thomas fans high up in the air above Thomas Land. Choose a red balloon, climb in, and be delighted by a brand-new adventure on the Island of Sodor. As described in the famous television series:


Join us as we count down to the opening of Thomas Land’s new ride, James and the Red Balloon, throughout March. Watch this space - there are plenty of exclusive competitions coming your way.

Height Restrictions: Children under 1m must be accompanied by an adult


Join us for a Live Facebook Bedtime story with none other than The Fat Controller

When: Friday 31st March, 6.30pm

Where: Your house

What do I need to bring: Pjs and a comfy spot to relax and watch

Make this an extra special bedtime story and join The Fat Controller as he tells us the story of James and the Red Balloon LIVE on our Facebook page at 6.30pm on Friday 31st March.

To make sure you’re in the know, sign up to our exclusive James and the Red Balloon newsletter.


*Please note that the Thomas Land expansion including James and the Red Balloon will be closed to the general public on Saturday 1st April until 12pm.