It’s Onwards and Upwards for the new investment at Thomas Land™

Europe’s only Thomas Land™ attraction will launch its main 2017 season with a brand new £250,000 ride, James and the Red Balloon, which is set to delight visitors from Saturday 1st April 2017.

Based on the beloved Thomas & Friends™ character James, the Samba Balloon ride will be located at the heart of Thomas Land, set in Drayton Manor Park, which is heavily themed to ensure visitors of any age are immersed in Thomas & Friends fun from the moment they step in the gates.

The extremely successful Thomas Land was launched by Drayton Manor Park in 2008 and recently underwent a £2.5 million expansion, cementing its status in the hearts of UK families.

The latest addition, made by Italian manufacturer Zamperla, will take visitors on an adventure to the lofty heights of 1.5 metres with a maximum speed of 5.5 RPM and entertain up to 500 riders an hour. Ride goers will get to enjoy extensive views of Thomas Land as well as the rest of Drayton Manor Park.

The Tamworth based family run and owned attraction appointed a number of local companies to assist with the build, including D.F Benistons to complete the ground works and DJ Pope Creative to design and build props and scenery.

William Bryan, Managing Director of Drayton Manor Park said:

This was an exciting project involving local specialists and international partners that we hope will delight visitors from the UK and further afield. We cannot thank our team and valued partners enough for their hard work and determination.
This is the next exciting step in the progression of Thomas Land and we look forward to seeing the joy on our visitors’ faces as they take to the skies in James and his Red Balloon.


For more information about Thomas Land and Drayton Manor Park, please visit or call 0844 472 1950.



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