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Top class conferencing facilities and the thrills of the theme park make the ideal corporate event
One of the UK’s leading attractions has enjoyed a surge in visitors combining corporate events with the twists and turns of the theme park this spring.

Drayton Manor Theme Park and Hotel, near Tamworth, Staffordshire, not only boasts one of the UK’s best family days out, it is also an exclusive venue for corporate events and functions, including conferences, exhibitions, product launches and team building activities.

There has recently been a substantial increase in corporate guests accessing the park for team building purposes, i.e. colleagues challenging one another to ride the scariest rides – which include Apocalypse, voted the UK’s scariest ride by Channel 5’s The Gadget Show - with no hands!

Melissa Topley, Conference and Events Manager at Drayton Manor Hotel, said: “We’ve noticed a definite increase in companies and organisations wanting to reward their employees with corporate fun days and family fun days recently. We’ve also had an increase in enquiries for ‘Exclusive Ride Time’ as an extra on corporate event days. Our ‘It’s a Knockout’ team building days are always popular as they offer something unique to motivate employees, increase communication and create a more energetic team.”

The park’s facilities can accommodate from as little as 12 up to 500 people and include a 152-seat 4D cinema, a four-star, 150 room hotel onsite, bars and restaurants.

There’s also the opportunity to exclusively hire out the entire theme park, which is a popular option for companies looking to reward their staff.

Drayton Manor is conveniently located close to junction 9 of the M42 motorway, T2 of the M6 Toll and just over 10 miles from Birmingham International Airport. For further information about corporate events at Drayton Manor, call 01827 255 995, email events@draytonmanorhotel.co.uk, or visit www.draytonmanorevents.com.
Drayton Manor Theme Park expands Thomas Land™ by 40%
Drayton Manor Theme Park expands Thomas Land™ by 40%

Drayton Manor Theme Park is set to be bigger and better than ever in 2015 with a £2.5 million expansion that will see Europe’s only Thomas Land increase in size by 40%.

With three brand new rides plus a stunning new Sodor Airport terminal, Thomas Land will have even more to create a magical day out for Thomas fans in 2015. Opening over Easter, the new rides include Flynn’s Fire Rescue, Captain’s Sea Adventure and Toby’s Tram Express.

The exciting new Thomas Land captures all the adventures of Thomas & Friends™ and the magical island of Sodor, with a central feature of the stunning new two-storey Sodor Airport. In a traditional terminal style it has a top level balcony for VIP ‘travellers’ with not-to-be-missed views of Thomas Land. The area has five themed rooms that will be available for private hire for events, parties or large family groups looking to make their day out extra special!

The ground level will feature a café for guests to relax and enjoy a selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks before they depart for their Thomas Land adventure. Jeremy Jet’s Flying Academy will also be landing in its new location outside Sodor Airport, ready to take passengers on their flight over Sodor.

The first of the new Thomas & Friends character rides is the fast and fearless Flynn the Fire Engine who is equipped with on-board hoses so riders can help to put any fires out!

There is also Captain’s Sea Adventure that introduces not one, but six rotating Captain lifeboat carriages, all complete with their own cannons to squirt water. Toby the steam tram who wobbles, spins and turns also arrives with the new Toby’s Tram Express!

Merrick the sleepy gantry crane will also be joining Blue Mountain Engines Sir Handle, Skarloey, Rheneas and Peter Sam all the way from Skarloey Railway where visitors simply climb aboard and enjoy the ride.

In addition to the new rides and café there will also be a fountain of the ever-popular Fat Controller and three Victorian fairground games plus a bandstand for live performances.

Colin Bryan, CEO of Drayton Manor Theme Park, comments: “2015 marks the 65th anniversary of Drayton Manor and throughout our long history we’ve always prided ourselves on offering a fun day out for the whole family.

“That was the reasoning behind the launch of Thomas Land in 2008. Since then the area has gone from strength to strength and has provided an immersive experience for fans both young and old. We are delighted to be extending it this year with all these fantastic new rides and facilities for our visitors to enjoy.”

Drayton Manor Theme Park is also home to some of the biggest, wettest and scariest rides around including the 54-metre tower drop, Apocalypse, voted UK’s scariest ride by channel five’s The Gadget Show, and Europe’s only stand up coaster, Shockwave. It also boasts a stunning 4D Cinema hosting a brand new resident this coming season, as well as a fantastic 15-acre zoo which is home to over 100 different animal species.

To book tickets, or for more information about the park, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1960. Reduced prices are available for tickets bought in advance. For regular updates and news about Drayton Manor Theme Park join us 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 Bart; MP & PM to Queen Victoria and his 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 - Shock-wave, Ben 10 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 and over 50 rides and attractions makes for a truly unforgettable day. www.draytonmanor.co.uk
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 suites. It also features two well stocked bars, two sublime restaurants, a relaxing lounge, large conference room for functions and exhibitions as well as an idyllic wedding facility for up to 400 guests. www.draytonmanorhotel.co.uk www.draytonmanorevents.co.uk

A popular Grill Inn Steak Restaurant and bar adjacent to the hotel which seats up to 150 guests is open all year round. www.grillinn.co.uk

About Mattel Inc.
The Mattel family of companies (Nasdaq: MAT) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. Mattel’s portfolio of best-selling brands includes Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever produced, Hot Wheels®, Monster High®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends® and Fisher-Price® brands, including Little People® and Power Wheels®, MEGA® Brands, including MEGA BLOKS® and RoseArt®, as well as a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2013, Mattel was named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by Ethisphere Magazine and in 2014 ranked No. 5 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel’s companies employ nearly 30,000 people in 40 countries and territories and sell products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are Creating the Future of Play.

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About Thomas & Friends™
Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son 69 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.

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