|Drayton Manor Theme Park|
|Location||Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire, England, UK|
|Opened||16 October 1949|
Drayton Manor Theme Park is an amusement park, zoo and hotel in Fazeley near Birmingham, England. It was opened by George & Vera Bryan at Easter 1950, and remained in control of the Bryan family until 2020, when it was purchased by the Looping Group.
History[edit | edit source]
The park is built on the grounds of a mansion which was demolished in 1926. The only remaining building is a clock tower, which is situated beside the entrance to the park.
On 12 March 2008 the new Thomas Land area was officially opened. Replacing the former Robinsons Land area, it is the second area based on the Thomas and Freinds brand, the first opened at Fuji-Q Highland in 1998. The park opens the Thomas Land area during the winter months for special events.
In August 2011 an onsite restaurant and a hotel with Thomas and Friends themed rooms were opened.
The partial opening of the park was postponed in February 2020 due to flooding. It reopened on the 29th. On 18 March, Drayton Manor announced it would be closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On 3 August 2020, the park was purchased by the Looping Group as part of a pre-pack administration package.
Roller coasters[edit | edit source]
Present (4)[edit | edit source]
|Accelerator||Vekoma||Shuttle Family||April 21, 2011||Operating|
|Shockwave||Intamin||Stand-Up||March 26, 1994||Operating|
|Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster||Gerstlauer||Family||March 15, 2008||Operating|
Past (6)[edit | edit source]
|Jumbo Jet||Schwarzkopf||Sit-Down||1981||1983||Atlas Park|
|G Force||Maurer AG||Sit-Down||July 26, 2005||October 2018||Unknown|
|Klondike Gold Mine||Pinfari||Sit-Down||1984||2004||Funland Hayling Island|
|Super Dragon||Pinfari||Family||1984||2007||Funland Hayling Island|
Attractions[edit | edit source]
Operating[edit | edit source]
|Air Race||Zamperla||Air Race||July 2014|
|Apocalypse||Intamin||Drop Tower||May 2000|
|Bounty||Intamin||Pirate Ship||March 2007|
|Drunken Barrels||Intamin||Teacups||July 2006|
|Flying Dutchman||Intamin||Flying Dutchman||1983|
|Harold's Helicopter Tours||Zamperla||Balloon Tower||2008|
|Jeremy Jet's Flying Academy||Zamperla||Jets||2008|
|Jolly Buccaneer||Zamperla||Sea Storm||1992|
|Maelstrom||Intamin||Gyro Swing||April 2002|
|Polperro Express Railway||Severn Lamb||Miniature Railway||1971|
|Rocking Bulstrode||Zamperla||Rockin' Tug||2008|
|Sheriff Showdown||I.E. Park||Tracked Dark Ride (Interactive)||2000|
|Sodor Classic Cars||Supercar||Juvenile Track Ride||March 1972|
|Sodor Railway||Metallbau Emmeln||Miniature Railway||2008|
|Stormforce 10||BEAR||Log Flume||1999|
|Winston's Whistle Stop Tour||Zamperla||Monorail||July 2013|
Standing But Not Operating[edit | edit source]
|Pirate Adventure||Mack Rides||Dark Boat Ride||July 1990||2016|
|Splash Canyon Rapids||Intamin||River Rapids||1993||May 2017|
Closed[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Drayton Manor. House and Heritage
- Thomas Land ‘pulls into’ Drayton Manor Theme Park. Blooloop
- Drayton Manor Hotel and Grill Inn Turn Five!. Drayton Manor
- Drayton Manor Theme Park reopens after flooding. BBC News
- Drayton Manor theme park closed due to coronavirus. ITV News
External Links[edit | edit source]
- on NFCA Digital.