Children enjoy a free day out as charity hosts festive event at Drayton Manor

Thousands of underprivileged and disabled children have enjoyed a free day out at Drayton Manor Theme Park.

The Kids Out charity and Rotary International District 1060 organised a magical Christmas event earlier this week.

Drayton Manor director George Bryan, Devanti Palmer and Paul Jaspal from Rotary meet Father Christmas

Drayton Manor director George Bryan, Devanti Palmer and Paul Jaspal from Rotary meet Father Christmas

The annual summer event has been held at the theme park since 1989, but the festive period was added to the calendar last year.

Colin Bryan, CEO at Drayton Manor Theme Park, said: “We wanted to help make Christmas brighter for as many children as possible and give them something to look forward to that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do.

“Christmas is a time for giving and we’re honoured to have been able to give these children a day that they will remember forever.”

The visitors were able to enjoy a snow shower in Thomas Land as well as festive music and fairy lights.

They also got to meet Santa and receive a pre-Christmas gift.

Bill Elliot, Kids Out co-ordinator at Rotary International District 1060, said: “Everyone had a fantastic time and the children were totally captivated by the park’s transformation.

“For many of these children this will have been the first time they have visited a theme park, and it may be the only present they get this Christmas.

“We’re very blessed to have the support of Drayton Manor and want to thank the park for putting on such a brilliant day.”

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