Each year we invite our Travel Counsellors and our Manchester head office support staff to a Family Day, and 2018 was no different. Little ones – the youngest being just five weeks old – and big kids – yes, including Mums and Dads – headed down to Drayton Manor Theme Park for an action-packed day of thrills, fun and family adventure.
The day started with everyone collecting a goody bag and their exclusive Travel Counsellors Family Day 2018 t-shirts, which were brilliantly designed by Savannah Cohen, daughter of Recruitment Executive Ivrie. Savannah’s animal-inspired design held off some stern competition from a whole host of excellent drawings to win our annual Family Day t-shirt motif competition. The bright red, green, blue and yellow garments looked great and meant that everyone could spot friends and family easily, as well as having a fun memento to take away.
The 9:30 start also gave everyone the chance to meet, and take fun photos with, Drayton Manor mascot Rory the Lion, before enjoying the park and its attractions including Thomas the Tank Engine Land, 4D Cinema, the zoo, and exciting rides such as the Jolly Buccaneer and the Shockwave rollercoaster.
Lunch was served in the form of a barbeque buffet for all guests, and while the youngsters were occupied with face painting, the adults met with the events sponsors Holland America Line, British Airways, DoSomethingDifferent and Seaworld. Everyone then had the afternoon to explore more of the park and continue having a great time.
The day was inclusive of everyone, and attendees were quick to praise the Travel Counsellors events team and sponsors for organising the day. Travel Counsellor Carla Luxford said:
“It was the perfect venue for us as our daughter, Autumn, is not quite two so isn’t able to go on the majority of rides at other theme parks, but Drayton Manor has Thomas Land and the Zoo which kept everyone entertained.
“The day was very well organised with a delicious lunch halfway through the day and the sponsors were great with the kids and were very generous with the goodies they were handing out. Autumn loves her Elephant ears!”
Another Travel Counsellor, Natasha Lawrence, explained how Travel Counsellors and Drayton Manor went the extra mile to ensure her son was catered for: “I thought the place was excellent.
“We were given a fast track for my son Albie who is seven years old and has Autism. This was the big difference for us being able to go, as I know that Drayton Manor is very good with hidden disabilities.
“The lunch, mascots and whole day was fabulous. It was our first trip to a theme park since his diagnosis and I can hand on heart say TC made it perfect for us all.”
Global Sales Director Jim Eastwood was also in attendance and explained why he decided to go.
“I took a job at Travel Counsellors, and I became part of a family. A sense of ‘family’ and ‘team’ are so important to me, so it was a no-brainer to attend the Family Day at Drayton Manor,” said Jim.
“The light rain didn’t put anyone off – it was a great venue, there was lots to do, and the food, fun and sense-of-family were all fantastic. When Head Office, Travel Counsellors and our families get together, the atmosphere is first-class.
“Thank you to the Events Team, to our excellent supplier partners and to all those who attended! Ethan says his favourite ride was ‘The Accelerator’ – which is no surprise for a son of mine!”