Drayton Manor Theme Park; 10 Money Saving Tips & Tricks

June 9th, 2022 / Drayton Manor Theme Park / No Comments »

So you’ve tracked down Cheap Tickets to Drayton Manor and are now planning how to get the most from your day out.  To help, we’ve put together a few lesser known handy hints & tips to help you enjoy your visit to Drayton Manor;

1. Drayton Manor; Thomas Land

Did you know that the Thomas & friends train only provides a ONE WAY journey from Thomas Land over to the other side of the park? You’ll often find a much shorter queue in place if you buck the trend and take the train from Tidmouth Station back to Thomas Land!  Remember those planning a visit with pre-school children have the option of exploring the park on quieter days and picking up discounted joint entry with an Adult & Toddler Ticket.


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Drayton Manor; Thomas Land (photo by Tony Charnock)


2. Drayton Manor; Picnics & Lockers

Good to see that picnics remain welcome at Drayton Manor and this offers you an easy way to make some savings at the park.  There are plenty of lockers available,  located behind the Carousel or at Emily’s play area, to store your belonging with a range of pricing options available.

3. Drayton Manor; Access Band & Carer Card

Drayton Manor offers faster access to the rides for guests with a disability/other condition that might affect them accessing the conventional queue.  You will need to produce stipulated documentation, alongside valid photographic ID, at Guest Services who can then issue you with an Access band and accompanying Carer Card.

4. Drayton Manor; Rainy Day Guarantee

Did you know you can hedge your bets against the weather by investing in a rainy day guarantee?  Drayton Manor offers a return visit if it rains more the 50mm rainfall during park opening hours for those booking in advance directly with Drayton Manor.  There is a small surcharge in place for this option that will be offered as you make your way through the booking process.  If you are valid for a free return visit, you can select any day throughout the main season, (excluding firework events), but must be booked in advance.

5. Drayton Manor; Avoid Parking Charges

Whilst there are charges in place for car parking, the theme park offers 30 minutes free of charge for dropping off/collection visitors.  If you can arrange a lift, you’ll find the drop off/collection point located next to Italiana restaurant, under the archway, (Acorn pick up point), where you can use the restaurant entrance into the theme park for easy access into the park.


Drayton Manor; Troublesome Trucks


6. Drayton Manor Passholders; 20 Family & Friends Tickets

Drayton Manor Passholders can gain access the park throughout the main theme park season and take advantage of the added bonus of cheap family & friends tickets too.  Each passholder can pick up 20 discounted Friends & Family Tickets that are available to use throughout the season.

7. West Midlands Safari Passholders; FREE Entry to Drayton Manor

Drayton Manor & West Midlands Safari Park have teamed up to offer FREE entry promotions at their respective settings to their passholders.  This means that West Midlands Safari Annual Passholders can take advantage free entry to Drayton Manor whereby each passholder will receive a code that can be redeemed online.

8. Drayton Manor; Hidden Away Attractions

Look out for more Thomas Land attractions squirreled away at the back of the park that attract shorter queues. Find Terences’s Driving School & a fantastic miniature Thomas railway over by Tidmouth Hault station that many guests don’t even know exist!

9. Drayton Manor & Clubcard Vouchers

For those planning to use Tesco clubcard vouchers against entrance charges, did you know that you’ve the option of topping-up any price difference with another payment method if you’re a little short of vouchers that can work out well if you are just a few pounds short.

10. Cheap Ticket to Drayton Manor

Check out our comprehensive list of cheap and discounted tickets to Drayton Manor for those looking for good value for money.  More information can be found within our Drayton Manor Cheap Ticket Guide.


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Drayton Manor; James & the Red Balloon





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