Large fire breaks out at Drayton Manor Park

Tuesday, 15th December 2020

A LARGE fire has broken out within the grounds of Drayton Manor Park, resulting in the fire service urging residents to keep their doors and windows closed.

Fire crews from Tamworth, Tamworth Mercia, Chase Terrace, Burton-on-Trent, Cannock and Barton-Under-Needwood were dispatched to the scene.

The exact location of the blaze has not been confirmed at this time but a source has told Tamworth Informed that the fire started within a toilet block Thomas Land.

It is also understood that the blaze had spread to a shop within the Thomas Land area of the Theme Park.

Our thoughts are with the owners and staff of Drayton Manor Park in what has already been a very difficult season for them.

A Spokesperson for Drayton Manor Park has said:

“We can confirm that we currently have a number of fire crews on-site at the park. Since being made aware of the blaze, we have been in close contact with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, who have advised us that the situation is now, thankfully, under control. No one has been injured and all of the Park’s animals are safe.

“It is not yet safe for us to survey the damage. For now, we echo the advice to local residents to keep doors and windows closed, and thank all those involved in the swift and effective response.”

Earlier this year the park was forced to close due to flooding and they have then been forced to close due to COVID-19.

An image of the fire at Drayton Manor Park.

An image of the fire at Drayton Manor Park. Credit: Twitter/@paulrobinson100)

More recently, the park entered administration and faces a legal battle with the HSE over alleged health and safety failings.

The park was also recently taken over by European Theme Park operator Looping Group, whose portfolio includes West Midlands Safari Park and Pleasurewood Hills in the UK.

The acquisition of the park this year, included its 100+ rides and attractions, Europe’s only Thomas Land, a 15-acre conservation zoo and four-star hotel.

The theme park and zoo, which attracts over 1million visitors each year and was previously owned by the Bryan family, who have owned and run Drayton Manor Park since it first opened to the public in 1950.

Here at Tamworth Informed, we want to say a huge THANK YOU to all NHS Staff, Care Workers, Emergency Service Workers, Shop Staff and anyone else helping to keep us safe, healthy, fed, watered or connected to vital services during this difficult of us being in Tier 3. Please stay safe and look after each other.

Tamworth Informed Editor

On December 2 2020, Staffordshire and neighbouring county Warwickshire was placed in the VERY HIGH ALERT (Tier-3) category for COVID-19

.Tier 3 alert poster

  • No mixing anywhere indoors with other households, unless part of your support bubble
  • Up to six people can meet in outdoor public places, but not in private gardens
  • Hospitality, such as pubs and restaurants to stay shut, apart for takeaways and drive-through services
  • Gyms and non-essential shops to reopen
  • Work from home if you can, avoid non-essential travel and no overnight stays outside the area

Find out more information about COVID-19 on the NHS 111 website here