Drayton Manor wins best attraction for children at Group Leisure Awards

Tuesday October 25 2016

Drayton Manor Park has been awarded the Best UK Attraction for Children at the Group Leisure Awards 2016 - the ninth time the family owned and run leisure destination has received this industry-leading accolade.

The award winning attraction spans 286 acres of Staffordshire countryside and includes a hotel and conference area, 152 seat 4D Cinema, conservation zoo and theme park with over 50 rides and attractions.

Drayton Manor Park is home to the hugely popular Thomas Land™ attraction, the only one of its kind in Europe. Featuring many named Thomas & Friends™ character rides for children and adults alike. Young adventurers can enjoy Flynn’s Fire Rescue, Captain’s Sea Adventure and Toby’s Tram Express alongside the popular Sodor Airport terminal.  Groups can put out fires, get soaked at sea and enjoy the wobbles and twists on Toby’s Tram before relaxing and drying off or cooling down with a selection of hot or cold drinks and snacks that are available in the ground level café at the Airport.

Drayton Manor Park’s 15 acre zoo is home to over 100 species of creatures great and small including a pair of critically endangered Sumatran tigers, bouncing red kangaroos, fascinating spider monkeys, cotton topped tamarins and a mischievous meerkat mob.

For thrill-seekers there’s a host of white-knuckle rides to get the adrenaline going. There’s 54m drop-tower Apocalypse, voted the UK’s scariest thrill ride by Channel Five’s The Gadget Show and Shockwave, Europe’s first stand up coaster. There’s also Air Race, which takes riders on an exciting aerial adventure. Not to mention the stomach-churning gyro-swing, Maelstrom and G-Force, a rollercoaster that subjects riders to 4.3G!

  • All group bookings for 12 or more people include:
  • Free entry for one organiser per coach/mini bus.
  • Free parking for coaches/mini buses.
  • Free entry for the registered PSV licenced driver along with a free meal voucher (one per vehicle).
  • Free familiarisation visit (max 2 per year) for organisers

William Bryan, Managing Director of Drayton Manor Park, said: “We are delighted to have won this award again and I would like to thank the readers of Group Leisure for voting for us.

“This is the ninth year we have received this award which is a real testament to the team here at Drayton Manor.  We work extremely hard to ensure that we maintain our goal, which has always been to provide an amazing day out for our visitors. Being recognised for providing the best day out for children is such an achievement and our efforts are now focused on aiming for our tenth award in this category in 2017!”

Drayton Manor is set to end its 2016 season with a Fireworks and Laser Spectacular and Star Wars: The Force Awakens outdoor movie from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October.

Plus the park’s popular Magical Christmas is back to spread more festive cheer, on selected dates from Saturday 19th November to Saturday 31st December.

To book tickets, or for more information about the park, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1950. Reduced prices are available for tickets bought in advance. For regular updates and news about Drayton Manor Theme Park join them on Twitter www.twitter.com/Draytonmanor and Facebook.

Notes to Editor

About Drayton Manor

Drayton Manor 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; MP & PM to Queen Victoria and her 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 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, over 50 rides and attractions makes for a truly unforgettable day.

A four-star Hotel onsite featuring 150 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 400 guests.

The popular Grill Inn Steak Restaurant and bar is adjacent to the hotel, seats up to 150 guests and is open all year round.
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