All Aboard for Autism 2018. 

All Aboard for Autism 2020 has been cancelled

Unfortunately, after considering recent advice from the Government we have made the decision to cancel this years All Aboard for Autism event in the interest of everyone's safety.

All current participants will have been advised of this change via e-mail from the National Autistic Society explaining the situation. We will be back in September 2021 and would love for you to join us. If you would like to register your interest in the 2021 event, please contact

 Drayton Manor Theme Park Calendar iconSaturday 19 September 2020
  Minimum fundraising £35 per child, £45 per adult Map 1.8 miles/3km
  Ages 0-2: free, ages 3-15: £7, adults: £9
 9am-12pm (12pm onwards- time in park) 

Perfect for families and Thomas enthusiasts alike, All Aboard for Autism is a 3km autism-friendly sponsored walk in the grounds of Drayton Manor Theme Park, home of Thomas Land.

If you reach your minimum fundraising amount, you will receive a free Drayton Manor Theme Park ticket to visit the park that same day. 

Register your interest for 2021

If you would like to register your interest and join us at All Aboard for Autism in 2021, please click the button below and someone from the Events Team will be in touch when registration is open.

Register your interest

train icon What to expect on the day

train icon How we will support you

train icon How to sign up

train icon Clare's experience at All Aboard 2018

train icon Photos from All Aboard 2018

train icon Helpful information (includes our FAQs, a visual guide, event itinerary, fundraising planner, sponsorship form and materials order form) 

What to expect on the day

  • a sing-a-long warm up with the Fat Controller
  • fun activities such as hook-a-duck, face painting and inflatable games
  • autism-friendly merchandise
  • sensory toys and a sensory bus
  • a Thomas & Friends treasure hunt to complete on the walk
  • free ticket to Drayton Manor Theme Park after the event for those who reach their minimum fundraising amount (£35 per child, £45 per adult)

How we will support you

All Aboard for Autism is the National Autistic Society’s inclusive, family-fun day in the grounds of Drayton Manor Theme Park. You and your family can have fun in a safe and welcoming environment and be part of a special day with other families in a non-judgmental space.

We would love you to join Team Autism, and everyone who walks with the National Autistic Society receives:

  • an interactive visual timetable of the day to prepare for the event
  • a full event itinerary with an easy read format
  • access to our fundraising and training materials
  • a warm welcome on the day from our staff and volunteers
  • a goody bag, medal and well deserved certificate after completing the walk.

For any accessibility requirements, please email

Clare's story

Need inspiration? Meet Clare, mum to seven year old Spencer. Here she tells us why she's trekking with Team Autism in our All Aboard challenge.

Read Clare's story

Photos from All Aboard 2018

A few snapshots of our All Aboard families making the most of the photo booth and enjoying the September sunshine.

Collage of photos from participants at the 2018 All Aboard for Autism event

Check out the photo album from All Aboard for Autism 2018 for more pictures.

Helpful information

Event and fundraising FAQs (Download PDF)

Interactive visual timetable (Download PDF)

Easy Read itinerary (Download PDF)

Fundraising planner

Sponsorship form

Materials order form