Drayton Manor Theme Park

Drayton Manor Theme Park
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amusement park
Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire, England, UK
Status Operating
Opened 16 October 1949
Owner Looping Group
Website http://draytonmanor.co.uk/

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 entrance to Thomas Land

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

The partial opening of the park was postponed in February 2020 due to flooding. It reopened on the 29th.[4] On 18 March, Drayton Manor announced it would be closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.[5]

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]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Accelerator Vekoma Shuttle Family April 21, 2011 Operating
Buffalo Zamperla Powered 1987 Operating
Shockwave Intamin Stand-Up March 26, 1994 Operating
Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster Gerstlauer Family March 15, 2008 Operating

Past (6)[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Relocated
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
Roller Coaster Unknown Kiddie 1960s 1983 Scrapped
Super Dragon Pinfari Family 1984 2007 Funland Hayling Island

Attractions[edit | edit source]

Operating[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
Air Race Zamperla Air Race July 2014
Apocalypse Intamin Drop Tower May 2000
Bounty Intamin Pirate Ship March 2007
Carousel Savage Gallopers c.1958
Cranky's Drop Tower Zamperla Drop Tower 2008
Dodgems Supercar Leisure Dodgems 1992
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
Pandemonium Fabbri Ranger 2004
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
The Haunting Vekoma Madhouse 1996
Winston's Whistle Stop Tour Zamperla Monorail July 2013

Standing But Not Operating[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened SBNO since
Pirate Adventure Mack Rides Dark Boat Ride July 1990 2016
Splash Canyon Rapids Intamin River Rapids 1993 May 2017

Closed[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Balloon Race Zamperla Balloon Race 1987 1997 Unknown
Big Wheel Helmut Hauser Ferris Wheel 1986 2017 Relocated to Billing Aquadrome
Black Revolver H.P. Jackson Waltzer April 1980 2010 Sold to private owner
Cablecars British Ropeway Engineering Ropeway March 1964 2017 Scrapped
Cyclone HUSS Enterprise 2003 2005 Relocated to Thorpe Park
Dodgems Orton & Spooner Dodgems 1953 1991 Scrapped
Excalibur BEAR Tow Boat Ride May 2003 2011 Scrapped
Flying Jumbos Zamperla Jets March 1998 2007 Unknown
Giant Slide Harry Steer Engineering Astroglide 1985 2002 Scrapped
Jolly Roger Zamperla Rockin' Tug 2004 2007 P/ex with Zamperla
Log Flume Reverchon Log Flume 1981 1998 Parts to Klondike Kreek at Flamingo Land
Mississippi Showboat S.D.C. Funhouse June 1988 1993 SBNO until 2016 - scrapped
Octopus Soriani & Moser Polyp 1984 1997 P/ex with Soriani & Moser
Paratower Vekoma Paratower 1982 1997 Relocated to Flamingo Land
Pirate Ship HUSS Pirate Ship 1982 2003 Unknown (listed for sale by HUSS c.2004)
Quasar A.R.M. Quasar/Explorer May 1985 1987 Travelling UK
Rory's Jungle Cruise Alan Hawes Scenic Boat Ride July 1976 2001 Scrapped
Roundabout R.J. Lakin Waltzer 1965 1979 Travelling UK
Sky Flyer Vekoma Skyflyer 1989 2003 Sold to Mondial
Sombrero Soriani & Moser Sombrero March 1998 2010 P/ex with Zamperla
Tea Cups Zamperla Teacups May 1988 2004 Relocated to Adventure Wonderland
The Crypt Unknown Tracked Dark Ride Unknown 2001 Scrapped

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