Drayton Manor & Thomas Land Rotary event. Picture by Sam Bagnall

Drayton Manor & Thomas Land Rotary event. Picture by Sam Bagnall

By Ann Evans

Disadvantaged children from across the Midlands had a special Christmas day out to remember at the beginning of December. Some 2,600 underprivileged young people plus their carers, guardians and teachers enjoyed a magical day out for free at Drayton Manor Theme Park and Zoo, where they also met Father Christmas.


Drayton Manor partnered with the children’s charity KidsOut and the Rotary International District 1060 for this special event. These charities endeavour to arrange for disadvantaged, disabled and special needs children to enjoy free fun-filled days out. KidsOut provides enjoyable and positive experiences for children throughout the UK who are living in economic hardship, refuge or with other acute disadvantages.


Since 1989, the family owned and run Drayton Manor Theme Park has held an annual KidsOut event every summer and following the huge success of this, now hosts the event over Christmas too. This was the third year in a row that Drayton Manor has invited KidsOut to its Christmas event.


Throughout the day, children  enjoyed a magical winter wonderland in Europe’s only Thomas Land. There was a 30ft lightshow Christmas tree, festive music, the sparkle of thousands of decorations and fairy lights, plus delightful snow showers. The children also enjoyed a visit from Father Christmas with each child receiving a free gift and a golden ticket to return for the new season in 2017.

Drayton Manor & Thomas Land Rotary event. Picture by Sam Bagnall

Drayton Manor & Thomas Land Rotary event. Picture by Sam Bagnall

Colin Bryan, CEO at Drayton Manor Park said: “This event is something we all hold dearly in our hearts and it is wonderful to be able to provide these children with special memories over the festive season.”


Gordon Moulds CBE, CEO at KidsOut said: “We’ve had another brilliant year at Drayton Manor’s Magical Christmas event and the children were so excited throughout the whole day. It’s wonderful to be able to give these children a day to remember, so thank you very much to all of the staff at the park for putting on such a great day.”



For more information visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk






About Ann Evans

Feature writer and award winning author, Ann Evans has more than 22 books published for children, young adults, reluctant readers and adults. Never content to write one thing at a time, she always has at least half a dozen different writing projects on the go. She worked for 13 years on the Coventry Telegraph as a feature writer and currently writes for a number of different magazines, in print and on-line. Ann is also a writing tutor running classes for adults and doing author school visits throughout the UK. Ann decided to put her years of writing experience together in her book Become A Writer – a step by step guide. Amazon link:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Become-Writer-Step-Guide/dp/1907670246 Blogs:http://annsawriter.blogspot.com