James and the Red Balloon: a New Thomas Land Ride

Drayton Manor is now home to a brand new Thomas Land ride! Our new ride, James and the Red Balloon is now on the Island of Sodor for the young and young-at-heart to enjoy.

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:

‘THE BALLOON COULD BE SEEN BY EVERYONE ON THE ISLAND OF SODOR’

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