Hop aboard for autism this September at Drayton Manor Park

Tuesday August 29 2017

Popular family attraction, Drayton Manor Park, is set to welcome the National Autistic Society (NAS) for its annual ‘All Aboard For Autism’ event, a Thomas & Friends™ themed sponsored walk, on Saturday 23rd September.

Taking place from 9am – 12pm, the short 3km walk is perfect for families and heads around the perimeter of Drayton Manor Park. Children who raise over £20 and adults who raise over £25 for the charity will receive a free ticket to the theme park which is home to Europe’s only Thomas Land™ and packed full of themed rides and attractions.

The annual walk is completely autism-friendly with fun activities and games for all the family. Thomas fans will have the opportunity to meet the Fat Controller who will be leading a warm up and sing-a-long session ahead of the walk!

What’s more, Drayton Manor Park has teamed up with the NAS to provide ‘train’ing for all Thomas Land staff, developing their understanding of the needs of those on the autism spectrum so all visitors can relax in the knowledge that staff have an understanding of autism.

The sponsored walk follows the highly successful “quiet hour” which took place in Thomas Land in July, the first of its kind at a theme park in the UK.

William Bryan, Managing Director at Drayton Manor Park said: “We love being able to create fun family memories for all and are delighted to work in conjunction with the NAS. Our staff have undergone training to aid their understanding of autism so that we can continue to offer the very best experience to all our customers. All Aboard For Autism is always a huge success and we’re really looking forward to welcoming visitors of all ages for a fun family experience.”

More than 1 in 100 people are on the spectrum, including an estimated 700,000 people in the UK. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and their interaction with others.

To find out more about autism or to sign up for All Aboard For Autism, visit www.autism.org.uk.

To book tickets, or for more information about the park, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1950.