Drayton Manor Theme Park gears up for more treat than trick this Halloween!

Wednesday October 7 2015

Drayton Manor Theme Park will end its action packed 65th anniversary season with two weeks of spectacularly spooky half-term fun.

From Saturday 17th to Saturday 31st October, Europe’s only Thomas Land™ will be transformed into the spook-tacular island of Sodor. Guests can enjoy new rides Flynn’s Fire Rescue, Toby’s Tram Express and Captain’s Sea Adventure. And don’t forget to knock on the Fat Controller’s door for a trick or treat before you leave!

For visitors looking for something extra scary there is Drayton Manor’s very own Haunted House, The Haunting, where guests can get involved in the ‘All Hallows’ spirit, being sure to keep their eyes and ears peeled for anything that goes bump in the night! Thrill seekers won’t be disappointed as they experience the UK’s scariest ride*, Apocalypse, get the fright of their lives on Shockwave, or brave the monsoon on Stormforce 10.

Drayton Manor Theme Park also boasts a fantastic 4D Cinema and a 15-acre Zoo, which is home to a mischievous meerkat mob, two critically endangered Sumatran tigers and it’s very own witches’ familiars, a pair of black leopards.

Families who want to make a night of their half-term Halloween fun can put their feet up at the on-site four star Drayton Manor Hotel, which has over 150 contemporary rooms including executive rooms, interconnecting family rooms, presidential suites, and 15 Thomas & Friends™ themed rooms for fans of the little blue engine and his friends! There’s also a range of bars and restaurants that cater for all.

For more information about the park, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1950. For regular updates and news about Drayton Manor Theme Park, follow it on Twitter www.twitter.com/Draytonmanor and Facebook www.facebook.com/DraytonManorPark.

Drayton Manor Theme Park’s 2015 season runs until Sunday 1st November, with the ‘War of the Worlds’ themed Firework Spectacular weekend taking place on Friday 30th, Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November. Drayton’s established Magical Christmas event will be available on selected dates from Saturday 21st November until 31st December.

* Apocalypse was voted the UK’s scariest ride by Channel Five’s The Gadget Show

Notes to Editor

About Drayton Manor Drayton Manor Theme Park Ltd, opened to the public in 1950 by the Bryan family, is one of the UK’s most popular family attractions with over one million visitors a year. George and Vera Bryan OBE, converted 80 acres of derelict land, which once belonged to Sir Robert Peel Bart; MP & PM to Queen Victoria and his family, into today’s wonderful multi award-winning family attraction, combining thrill rides with a conservation zoo plus catering and conference facilities.
Today, Drayton Manor Theme Park, still family owned and run by second and third generation family members, covers 286 acres of beautiful woodland and countryside and features some of the wildest and scariest rides around. Rides include: Roller-Coasters - Shockwave, Ben 10: Ultimate Mission and G-force. Major rides: Maelstrom, Apocalypse and Storm Force 10, our wettest ride. It is home to the hugely popular Thomas Land™ featuring many named Thomas & Friends™ character rides for the children and adults alike. Thomas Land™ at Drayton Manor is the only one of its kind in Europe. The park’s 152 seat 4D Cinema and over 50 rides and attractions makes for a truly unforgettable day.

A four-star Hotel onsite featuring 148 rooms includes Thomas & Friends™ themed rooms all sleeping four to six guests, family rooms, executive rooms and presidential rooms. It also features two bars, two sublime restaurants and a relaxing lounge. Within Drayton Manor Park and hotel we have three large conference rooms for functions and exhibitions as well as an idyllic wedding facility for up to 300 guests.

A popular Grill Inn Steak Restaurant with bar which is adjacent to the hotel which seats up to 150 guests is open all year round
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