Drayton Manor helps to give disadvantaged children a Magical Christmas to remember

This week, Drayton Manor Theme Park gave thousands of underprivileged children a Christmas to remember as it welcomed charity Kids Out, to its Magical Christmas event on Tuesday 1st December.

Welcoming nearly 4,000* young people including carers, guardians and teachers from across the Midlands to share in the festive spirit, the day gave underprivileged, disabled and special needs children a free and fun-filled day out and was organised in partnership with the charity and Rotary International District 1060.

The charity provides enjoyable and positive experiences for children throughout the UK who are living in economic hardship, refuge or with other acute disadvantages. Since 1989, Drayton Manor Theme Park has held an annual Kids Out event each summer, welcoming in excess of 32,000 children plus guests. Following the success of this, the family owned attraction decided to run the day over the festive period too, and this is now the second year in a row that Drayton Manor has invited Kids Out to its Magical Christmas event.

Following a £2.5 million expansion earlier this year, Europe’s only Thomas Land™ was draped in Christmas cheer and proved to be bigger and more beautiful than ever. With decorations, festive music and fairy lights and a snow shower three times a day, the children experienced a winter wonderland and enjoyed what might have been their first ever white Christmas.

But the festivities didn’t stop there; children paid a visit to the enchanted Castle of Dreams, where they were greeted by playful elves before being taken to see Father Christmas. Each child who visited Santa received a free gift and a golden ticket to return for the new season in 2016**.

Colin Bryan, CEO at Drayton Manor Theme Park said: “We wanted to help make Christmas brighter for as many children as possible and give them something to look forward to that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do. Christmas is a time for giving and we’re honoured to have been able to give these children a day that they will remember forever.”

Bill Elliot, Kids Out co-ordinator, at Rotary International District 1060 said: “Everyone had a fantastic time at Drayton Manor’s Magical Christmas event and the children were totally captivated by the park’s transformation. For many of these children this will have been the first time they have visited a theme park, and it may be the only present they get this Christmas, we’re very blessed to have the support of Drayton Manor and want to thank the park for putting on such a brilliant day.”

Drayton’s Magical Christmas will be open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from Saturday 21st November to Monday 14th December, then every day from Thursday 17th December to Wednesday 23rd December and Sunday 27th December to Thursday 31st December. Pre booking Christmas tickets is essential due to demand.

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 www.facebook.com/DraytonManorPark.

To find out more about Kids Out or to donate visit www.kidsout.org.uk.

*Actual attendance was 3,600.
** Golden Ticket terms and conditions. The Golden Ticket admits one free child during the 2016 season when accompanied by a paying adult.