Kids take over - Drayton Manor recruiting new kids board!

Friday April 8 2016

Calling all budding business leaders and entrepreneurs - if you think you have the next Sir Alan Sugar in your midst, a young Deborah Meaden or a budding Richard Branson in the making, Drayton Manor Park in Staffordshire is looking for you as it launches its hunt to find eight new child directors for its board, where they can hone their skills for later in life to take over the world!

As the family who own and run the park take a back seat for the season, they want the child directors to really get involved in helping to shape the future of the park, which has mass appeal with families.

Each board member will not only receive a season pass meaning they can visit the attraction as often as they like during 2016 and take advantage of discounts and vouchers, but they’ll also be involved with making some important decisions on how to make their theme park experience extra special. This might include what flavour ice cream to serve in catering outlets, what new 4D cinema film would they show and if they could come up with a new ride, what might this be?

Suitable candidates need to be aged between five and eight years of age and will also need to be good communicators - little chatterboxes should definitely apply, headstrong, and confident in their decision making abilities.

To apply, just create a 60 second video explaining your favourite thing about coming to Drayton Manor, what three things you would have on your wish list to make your day extra special and how your friends and family would describe you. Potential candidates have until 23.59am on Sunday 15th May 2016 to apply and candidates need to upload this onto the Drayton Manor Park website.

Once the video has been uploaded, applicants are encouraged to share it through social media with friends and family to vote for their favourite applicant. The videos with the highest number of votes will be entered into the park’s top 20 entries.

William Bryan, Managing Director of Drayton Manor Park, will work with the other existing Board of Director members to select which eight children will then be hired for the season. The prize includes a special gold name badge and a Season Pass giving unlimited access to the park, friends and family passes and discounts to retail and catering outlets.

William said: “Our theme park is designed for families so what better way to understand what kids want than to put them at the heart of our board! We’re really looking forward to seeing all of the entries and can’t wait to see what ideas the children have for the future of the park.”

To upload a video and apply please visit the Drayton Manor Park website page here: http://kidztakeover.draytonmanor.co.uk/

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

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; 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 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, 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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