All Aboard for Autism 2018. 

 Drayton Manor Theme Park
Calendar iconSunday 22 September 2019
  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 for a place

Registration for 2019 will be open shortly so if you’d like to register your interest, please email and join our All Aboard for Autism event page on Facebook to get exclusive access when registrations go live, meet other people who are attending and hear about exciting additions to the event!

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:

  • a social story of the day to prepare for the event
  • a full event timetable with an easy read format
  • access to our fundraising and training materials
  • dedicated support from Senior Events Officer, Rachael Lynch
  • 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

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 child to a theme park would be overwhelming. It was very relaxed and the staff at Drayton Manor couldn't have been nice or better prepared.

One grateful dad

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).

Helpful information

Frequently asked questions (Download PDF)

A social story of the day (Download PDF)

Easy Read timetable (Download PDF)

Fundraising planner

Sponsorship form

Materials order form