Fat Controller returns to Drayton Manor Park for May half-term

Drayton Manor Park is getting ready for May half-term – with the anticipated return of the Fat Controller.

The Fat Controller returns to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Park
The Fat Controller returns to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Park

From Saturday, May 29, to Sunday, June 6, the Staffordshire-based theme park is welcoming families to experience a host of activities – including the long-awaited return of its popular entertainment.

After 12 months of looking after Thomas & Friends behind the scenes, the much-loved Fat Controller and his sidekick, Rusty, will be making their come-back appearance to entertain guests throughout the week. The socially distanced meet and greets will take place every hour.

Visitors will also be introduced to the all-new ‘Comedy Cops’, who will be juggling their way through the park on a unicycle to entertain the crowds and make sure everyone is staying safe while having fun.

As well as entertainment, guests will also be able to access the park’s 100 rides and attractions, including Europe's only Thomas Land which is home to 25 child-friendly rides.


Thrill seekers will also be able to enjoy the park’s adrenaline staples including Maelstrom and Shockwave, as well as family-favourites such as Accelerator and Storm Force 10.

Animal-lovers can also explore the park’s 15-acre zoo, home to more than 500 animals. Among the exotic monkeys, meerkats and reptiles, visitors can explore the new tortoise enclosure, housing an endangered species all the way from Madagascar.

William Bryan, managing director at Drayton Manor Park, said: “We know how much our visitors have missed the excitement of meeting their favourite characters in the park, which is why we are thrilled to be able to welcome the Fat Controller back just in time for May half term.

“He’s been very busy behind the scenes looking after Thomas and the other engines, but is looking forward to reuniting with families to enjoy a fun-filled day out in the park.

“We look forward to welcoming Thomas fans, young and old to join in with the celebrations.”

May half-term tickets are now available, with up to 25 per cent off when booked in advance. Tickets are available online at draytonmanor.co.uk/may-half-term, or through Drayton Manor’s ticket line on 0844 472 1950.

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