Noddy Heads to Drayton Manor

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Make way for Noddy at Drayton Manor Theme Park

www.draytonmanor.co.uk

Children’s favourite, Noddy, is set to take a break from his home in the magical Toyland for a summer holiday at Drayton Manor Theme Park, in Staffordshire, where he’ll be entertaining the young and his many fans.

Noddy will be joined by his friends, the clever and kind Tessie Bear, Big Ears, a wise Brownie, as well as the mischievous Martha Monkey, and they’ll all be greeting lucky boys and girls and posing for photosas a memento of their day out.

The characters will be based in Drayton Manor’s 15-acre zoo, home to more than 100 animal species from around the world, from Saturday 21st July until Sunday 2nd September.

Colin Bryan, Drayton Manor’s Managing Director, said: “Noddy has been a much loved character since Enid Blyton first published Noddy Goes to Toyland in 1949, which is also the same year that my parents began creating Drayton Manor Theme Park.

“Noddy is a character who was part of my childhood and is recognised and adored by today’s children, parents and grandparents, which is why we know he’ll be a popular addition to the park this summer. But visitors shouldn’t worry about Sly and Gobbo the goblins spoiling their fun. They’ve not been invited to the park and we’ve given our staff strict instructions to be on the lookout for the naughty pair.”

Noddy’s appearance is part of the Drayton Manor’s ‘2012 Summer Explosion’, where the park will offer more adventure, excitement, laughter and magical moments during the six-week holiday.

As part of this Summer Explosion, online prices have been reduced to just £20 for adults and £12 for both grandee (60+) and children (4 – 11). Meanwhile, under fours will receive free entry. In addition, there will be free parking for those booking in advance as well.

The new prices will run from Saturday 21st July until Sunday 9th September. There will be a maximum of 2,012 of these reduced tickets available each day, so visitors should book early to ensure they get the discounted rate.

To book tickets, or for more information about the park, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1960. Reduced prices are available for tickets bought in advance. For regular updates and news about Drayton Manor Theme Park join us on Twitter www.twitter.com/Draytonmanor and Facebook www.facebook.com/DraytonManorPark


About Drayton Manor
Drayton Manor Theme Park is one of the UK’s most popular family attractions with over one million visitors a year. Drayton Manor was first opened to the public by the current owners, the Bryan family, in 1950 after husband and wife co-founders, George, OBE, and Vera Bryan, converted 80 acres of derelict land, which once belonged to the former British Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel and his family, into a wonderful family attraction. Today, set in approximately 280 acres of beautiful woodland and countryside, the family owned and run Drayton Manor Theme Park features some of the biggest, wettest and scariest rides around, including Shock-wave, G-force, Maelstrom, and Apocalypse, as well as a 15-acre zoo, the hugely popular Thomas Land™ attraction, and a 4D Cinema. The park also has an onsite hotel. The four-star 150 bedroom Drayton Manor Hotel features 15 Thomas & Friends™ rooms, as well as two bars and two restaurants.

About Turner CN Enterprises
Turner CN Enterprises, the licensing division of Turner Broadcasting, is now responsible for six key business areas across the EMEA region including Consumer Products, Events, Brand Licensing, DVD, Non Linear and Mobile. The business is charged with building consumer product franchises for Turners children’s properties and adults brands and characters from the channel's growing library of award-winning original programming.  Turner CN Enterprises also works to secure and support long-term licensee partnerships across all key merchandising categories including DVD and EST (Electronic Sell Through) content on mobile and online platforms. The division currently offers consumer product programs for an array of animation franchises including Ben 10, Generator Rex, Bakuga, Hero 108, The Powerpuff Girls, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends and Robotboy. It also licenses brands including Adult Swim, CNN and Turner Classic Movies.

About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT's portfolio includes properties, such as Thomas & Friends™, Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Fireman Sam™, Angelina Ballerina™, Mike the Knight™, Pingu™ and Rainbow Magic™. HIT represents Chapman Entertainment’s Fifi and the Flowertots™ andRoary the Racing Car™ in North America, as well as Wallace & Gromit™, Shaun the Sheep™, Timmy Time™ and Aardman Classics from Aardman Animations.  HIT also acts as representative for The Wiggles® in the UK. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan.  HIT is a part-owner of US-based preschool channel, Sprout®. For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com.

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