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New ride officially opened at Thomas Land in Drayton Manor

Hundreds turned out for the launch of a new ride at Drayton Manor.

James and the Red Balloon launch at Drayton Manor

James and the Red Balloon launch at Drayton Manor

The James and the Red Balloon ride in Thomas Land sees visitors spun around in the air.

The launch on Saturday saw visitors, including JLS star JB Gill, try it out for the first time.

William Bryan, managing director at Drayton Manor, said: “Since its launch in 2008, Thomas Land has proven to be an extremely popular addition to the park, attracting guests of all ages to experience the magic of Sodor.

“The addition of James and the Red Balloon is a continuation of the magic that we hope will delight visitors for many years to come.

“As a family, we’re committed to ensuring each season is bigger and better than ever before and we hope James and the Red Balloon will thrill both the young and the young at heart.”

For tickets visit or call 0844 472 1950.


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