This weekend Drayton Manor Park is hosting their Fireworks Spectacular. It’s a great event and one that we’d been to before our selection as Drayton Manor Park Ambassador. It’s a good way to get a full day and evening’s entertainment in before the winter weather sets in. We got to the park at about 9.45 and there were already lots of people arriving. Our goal was the special 10am screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Don’t make our mistake though and turn up at the cinema, as this movie is screened outside with covered seating, but it might be worth wrapping up if the weather turns colder. There are three screenings a day and H really enjoyed getting to see the film again (he’d already seen it when it was first released), but for me it was my first time and I very much enjoyed it.
Throughout the park there are Halloween touches, but nowhere more than in Thomasland, which has been transformed into the spook-tacular Island of Sodor . Pumpkins and decorations abound, plus there’s a special show to watch with the Fat Controller and friends.
The fireworks are of course the highlight of the day and they are quite amazing. Fireworks start at 7pm on each night ( you’ll need to arrive by 6pm as that is last admission), and many rides remain open until 9pm. It’s a good idea to stay onto try an extra ride or two as many will leave straight after the show, so leaving a bit later will mean not everyone is leaving the car park at the same time and the wait times for some of the rides will be less. Maybe you fancy trying Europe’s first stand-up rollercoaster, Shockwave, Air Race, which takes riders on an aerial adventure and the drop-tower Apocalypse, which will all be open until late. Pre-booking is recommended as tickets are very popular, but it’s not to late to book https://www.draytonmanor.co.uk/fireworks