All Aboard for Autism 2018.

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Date: Saturday 29 September 2018
Location: Drayton Manor Theme Park, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW
Registration fee: 

£0 - under 3yrs
£7 - child (3-15)
£9 - adult (16+)

Minimum sponsorship: £25 child and £30 adult

Will you be a Really Useful Engine? Join our Thomas & Friends themed sponsored walk and earn free tickets to Drayton Manor Theme Park!

Perfect for families and Thomas enthusiasts alike, All Aboard for Autism is a 3km sponsored walk around the perimeter of Drayton Manor Theme Park, home of Thomas Land.

What to expect on the day

  • to be greeted by the Fat Controller!
  • fun activities such as hook-a-duck, face painting, inflatable games and more!
  • autism-friendly merchandise
  • sensory toys and sensory bus
  • a Thomas & Friends treasure hunt to complete on the walk.

Anything you can raise to help The National Autistic Society is really appreciated – but as a special thank-you, we’ll give a free ticket to Drayton Manor Theme Park after the event for those who surpass their minimum fundraising target. Child – £10 over and Adult – £15 over.

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Autism-friendly event

Because we know it can be hard for families with children on the autism spectrum to plan days out, we are proud to say this event is autism-friendly, with:

  • a social story of the day
  • full information e-pack with easy read format
  • volunteers and staff who have lots of experience working with autistic people
  • quiet and chill area at the event.

And if you have any specific requirements please do not hesitate to contact the team by emailing

Fun activities


Almost everyone who comes to All Aboard for Autism is either a family with a child on the spectrum or an autistic adult. So you can relax knowing that everyone around you understands and appreciates autism.

Don’t just take our word for it – here is what some of our All Aboarders said:

The joy on my son's face during the whole day! The staff and volunteers were just happy, helpful people who really seemed to care and wanted us to get the most out of our day.

One happy mum

I'd recommend it to anyone who might think taking their kid to a theme park would be overwhelming. It was very relaxed and the staff at Drayton Manor couldn't have been nicer or better prepared!

One grateful dad

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Helpful information

Frequently asked questions (Download PDF)

Social Story (Download PDF)

Easy-read timetable (Download PDF)

For more information or any questions you may have, email or call our Supporter Care Team on 0808 800 1050.

We can't wait to see you there – Peep peep!