It’s more Treat than Trick at Drayton Manor Park this Halloween

Monday October 3 2016

Drayton Manor Park will end its action packed 66th season with two weeks of spectacularly spooky half-term fun for the whole family this October.

From 15th to 30th October, Drayton Manor Park will be transformed into a spine-tingling mecca of Halloween fun as part of its special ‘more Treat than Trick’ event.

Europe’s only Thomas Land™ will morph into the ‘spooktacular’ island of Sodor. If you’re feeling brave, then why not come to the park in your favourite Halloween costume? Don’t forget to knock on the Fat Controller’s door for a trick or treat before you leave. Who knows what yummy or frightful treats are in store!

If you’re looking for a little more trick than treat, then look no further than the newly refurbished attraction The Haunting. Since 1996, The Haunting has scared visitors of all ages, who love to immerse themselves in the intriguing world of the paranormal. The newly renovated and enhanced attraction takes visitors on a tour of their senses; seeing, smelling, feeling, hearing and even brushing up against slimy and revolting things with its spine-chilling interactive activities. 

If that wasn’t adrenalin pumping enough, be sure to feed your inner thrill seeker with the UK’s scariest ride*, Apocalypse, or how about getting the fright of your life on Shockwave, or even braving the monsoon on Stormforce 10.

Families who want to make a night of their half-term Halloween fun can rest easy 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.

Prices for the Halloween Spook-Tacular start from just £23 for adults and £18 for children and 60+ years. 2-3 years cost just £6 and 0-1 years are absolutely free.

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 Park join it on Twitter www.twitter.com/Draytonmanor and Facebook www.facebook.com/DraytonManorPark

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

‘Out of this world’ firework and laser spectacular comes to Drayton Manor Park

Drayton Manor Park is preparing for its biggest and best fireworks spectacular yet, complete with lasers, lights and a special screening of the hugely popular film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s sure to set visitors’ spines tingling.

The family owned and run park hosts an annual fireworks spectacular, but this year on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be premiered on an outdoor cinema screen within the park. Families will be able to relax and enjoy the film outdoors before the spectacular show concludes with a galactic firework and laser show set over the lake with brilliant lights and lasers.

The screening will be throughout the day with fireworks starting at 7pm on Friday 28th October, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October (last admission is 6pm), and many rides will remain open until 9pm, so the thrills can continue into the evening. Europe’s first stand-up rollercoaster, Shockwave, Air Race, which takes riders on an aerial adventure and the drop-tower Apocalypse, will be amongst those open until late.

For the younger visitors, there is Thomas Land™, home to over 25 rides and attractions based on the ever popular Thomas & Friends™ series, where families can enjoy a day out before heading to the main event.

Colin Bryan, CEO of Drayton Manor Park, said; “This is going to be our biggest and best ever fireworks spectacular. We’re really excited to be adding a new element to the evening with a special showing of the much loved Star Wars film and we hope families and fans of the film can join us to celebrate the end of another fantastic season!”

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 Park join it on Twitter www.twitter.com/Draytonmanor and Facebook www.facebook.com/DraytonManorPark

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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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 About HIT Entertainment

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About Thomas & Friends™

Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son 70 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages.  The #1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. Thomas & Friends makes tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS®, Sprout® and on Five’s Milkshake! and Nick Jr in the UK and on CCTV in China.  Downloadable episodes are available through iTunes. For more information about the world of Thomas the Tank Engine™ and his friends, please visit www.thomasandfriends.com.