The big draw for the Camping and Caravanning Club’s Drayton Manor site near Tamworth is, of course, the fact it’s just a short stroll straight into the superb theme park next door. Indeed, when pitched on site at night you can’t help but stare at the tall Stormforce 10 water coaster standing proud against the skyline, and count the hours until the park opens.
This campsite is a big hit with families as a result of its proximity to the theme park, and there’s plenty for the little ones to do here when the rides have stopped and the gates have closed for the evening. There’s a play area next to the washblock, and a massive grassed play area that’s perfect for a game of rounders or a kick about with a football. There’s a maze to explore too, and also a play area in the hotel grounds, near to the hotel’s bar, so campers can walk the few minutes there and enjoy a beer and a bite while the kids play within sight.
Campers and caravanners should follow signs for the main Drayton Manor Park entrance, and then pick up the signage to the campsite, which steers you past the car parks and the theme park’s on site hotel, and round the back to the campground’s security-barriered entrance.
It is a large, open plan site, which slopes gently down to the entry and reception area and is open to Camping and Caravanning Club members and non-members alike. There are 90 pitches in total, made up from a mix of large hardstandings and grass pitches with electric hook-ups, plus grass pitches without electric hook-ups. The latter are in the large rally field towards the rear of the site. With such a mix of pitches, it’s popular for campers with motorhomes, tents and touring caravans.
Note that this campsite allows only one car per pitch at all times: if you have more than one car, or are visiting the site, you’ll have to park in Drayton Manor Theme Park's visitor car park.
The campsite is open from late March until November, and campers are served by a single large facilities block near the reception area, which is well maintained to the usual Club standard.
There are washing-up facilities under cover but in full view of the children’s play area, and there are dedicated family shower rooms too. In the washing and drying room, there are lots of leaflets with local information in case you’ve ever had enough of the theme park – there is lots to do on your camping and caravan holidays in Staffordshire.
The reception sells the usual basic provisions, including gas exchange. Wi-Fi on site is available at the usual Club prices, and motorcaravanners will be pleased to hear there is a dedicated, drive-over motorhome service point next to the entry and exit barrier.
As for Drayton Manor Theme Park itself, it’s a great mix of adrenaline rides for teens and adults, and a real variety for younger children too, including the excellent Thomas Land, given over to rides and attractions themed around the famous steam locomotive and his friends. The zoo is also a hit too, with more than 100 species to see and learn about. There is lots to do on your stay at Drayton Manor Park Camping and Caravanning Club Site.
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It is a great base for discovering more about this part of the Midlands, from the bright lights of Birmingham to the beautiful cathedral at Lichfield.
There is plenty more to see and do in the area around the park, including Conkers, the award-winning outdoor attraction at the heart of the National Forest. The forest itself aims to create 200 square miles of woodland in this central England location and more than 8 million trees have already been planted.
The Snowdome in Tamworth has real show and you can ski, snowboard and toboggan here.
The National Memorial Arboretum, the UK's year-round centre of remembrance, is at Alrewas, a few miles away from the campsite.
Lichfield Cathedral is the only medieval cathedral with three spires.
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