Local family-favourite attraction Drayton Manor Park gave thousands of underprivileged children a Christmas to remember when it welcomed charity, KidsOut, to its annual Drayton’s Magical Christmas event this week.
The park welcomed over 3,000 young people and their carers, guardians and teachers from across the Midlands to share in the festive spirit. Organised in partnership with the young peoples’ charity and Rotary International, the special day gave underprivileged, disabled and special needs children a free, fun-filled day out.
KidsOut is dedicated to providing 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 Park has held KidsOut events over the years, welcoming in excess of 32,000 children plus guests for days out during the Summer. Following the success of this, the family-owned attraction decided to run this day over the festive period too, and this is now the fifth year in a row that Drayton Manor Park has invited KidsOut to Drayton’s Magical Christmas event.
The attraction’s beloved Thomas Land also got into the Christmas spirit with guaranteed snowfall, special Christmas activities, and over 25 Thomas and Friends™ themed rides and attractions for the children to enjoy.
Thomas Land’s very own Rusty and Dusty kicked off the day with their fun-filled Merry Christmas Welcome Show, followed by a brand-new live show from the Fat Controller. There were plenty of giggles at the Magical Christmas Presents Show, as well as festive sing-a-longs.
William Bryan, Managing Director at Drayton Manor Park, said: “Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year here at the park, and we wanted to help make this season a little brighter for as many children as possible.
“Christmas is a time for giving and we’re honoured to be able to give these children a day that they will remember forever.”
Gordon Moulds, CEO of KidsOut, said: “We were all so excited to be visiting Drayton’s Magical Christmas event again this year.
“The support of Drayton Manor Park is extremely important to us. For many of these children, this may be their first opportunity to visit an attraction like this, and the gift from Santa may be the only one they receive this Christmas.
“It’s been a fantastic 30 years for KidsOut and Drayton Manor Park. We’ve reached over 32,000 disadvantaged young people together, and we’re looking forward to helping more children in the future.”