Drayton Manor keeps it in the family

Drayton Manor keeps it in the family

Family-owned Drayton Manor Theme Park celebrated the end of its momentous 65th anniversary season last week as the Bryan family, staff, suppliers and friends gathered to remember and honour its success over the years.

The park has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1949, when the late George Bryan OBE and his wife Vera arrived with the vision of building a family leisure attraction.

During the lunch, long serving staff and suppliers were celebrated; their hard work through the decades has resulted in the equivalent of over 1,000 years of work by all staff combined at Drayton Manor Park.

The twists and turns of these years were remembered and there was also a video produced on a new history book about the park, which is due out soon.

As well as this, it was announced that bronze busts of George and Vera Bryan, to commemorate their achievements, will be displayed in the park during the 2016 season.

Colin Bryan, CEO of Drayton Manor Park said: “Drayton Manor Park and Hotel means the world to our family. My parents started it from humble beginnings and we’ve achieved so much over the last 65 years.

“Our anniversary season has been the best year ever and it gives me so much pride to share it with our closest friends.

“The leisure industry is constantly developing and we always want to go above and beyond for our visitors.

“This year we have lots to look forward to, including the launch of our new Tamarin Trail in spring 2016 and our new high ropes attractions, Vertigo in summer.”

The 2015 season broke records by welcoming a record number of guests through the gates.  Its annual Fireworks Spectacular weekend welcomed nearly 33,000 visitors over three days at the end of October 2015.

On top of this, the season ended with yet another record breaking attendance for its Magical Christmas event, welcoming a 34% increase in visitors from 2014.