Last month, Sean and I decided to visit Drayton Manor on his birthday. It was a typically overcast day with the threat of rain, but we thought we’d make the most of a day off in the week and hopefully enjoy some relatively queue-free rides and food vendors. It had been a while since I’d been to a theme park, and while I used to be a bit of a daredevil, something about getting older meant I’d lost that adventurous spirit and instead was a little nervous when we arrived in to the park and I saw the size of the rollercoasters!
I couldn’t wimp out though as we were there for Sean’s birthday and while I could have been the designated photographer for the day and watched from the sidelines as he went on all the rides, that seemed a bit mean! Instead we decided to ‘warm up’ to it slowly with a quick go on what used to be one of my most favourite rides as a youngster: the pirate ship.
Once I’d got over the initial shock of feeling my stomach jump in to my mouth as my bum left the seat and I seemed to be floating in mid-air, the joy of theme park rides found its way back to me and we ended up in hysterics. Although some of the rides were shut that day, we did manage to go on most of them and we had an amazing time.
There are a couple of bigger rollercoasters, and loads of what I would call fairground rides – the ones that spin round and go upside down, or drop you vertically at what seems like one hundred miles an hour. We spent the day laughing so much and trying out the rides more than once. You can also get a cable car across the park and back so you get some really good views.
Drayton Manor has a gorgeous lake in the middle that you travel over on the cable car. You can also take a steam boat trip around it. We sat by the lake and ate chips from one of the many food stalls.
We even got some sunshine, although for some reason we waited until the end of the day to go on the water rides. Both were amazing and we got completely and utterly drenched on the log flume at the end. It meant we sat in the car for an hour and a half on the way home completely soaked! I recommend you do those rides a little earlier on, or at least wear a poncho on your way round them. We were laughing all day though and had such a good time. The park was hardly busy at all, and we didn’t have to queue longer than ten minutes for any ride.
I highly recommend Drayon Manor if you’re a big kid like we are, and looking for a fun day out that even just a couple of adults could enjoy. It made a nice change from our usual ‘a meal and the cinema’ date days we usually have once a month or so.
Do you like theme parks? Would you go to one on a date?
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