Snow hits Midlands attractions

The recent freezing weather is affecting the region's tourist industry. Visitor numbers are down on what should be the first busy weekend of the year. Many attractions are also having to repair damage caused by the snow and ice.


Snow forced Drayton Manor to close for first time in history

The recent heavy snowfall has cost tourist attractions in the Midlands huge sums of money.

Staffordshire theme park Drayton Manor was forced to close for three days last weekend for the first time in its history due to hazardous conditions for visitors, costing the business £750,000.

It took 50 members of staff with shovels and diggers to move 1,000 tonnes of snow from the grounds of the park.

The number of visitors to the attraction are 50% down compared to the same time last year.

Weather has huge financial impact on Midlands tourist attractions

Thomas Land in Drayton Manor is one of the attractions at the theme park

The snow and 'arctic conditions' have caused tourist attractions in the Midlands to lose huge amounts of cash as many had to close or turn away visitors.

Drayton Manor theme park in Staffordshire says it has lost around £750,000 and seen a 50% fall in the number of people visiting compared to the same time last year.

£10,000 snow-damage to historic Midlands house

The snowfall meant the National Trust property had to close for the weekend Credit: ITV Central

The bad weather has caused damage at an historic stately home in Derbyshire.

Snow forced National Trust's Calke Abbey estate to close last week.

It has caused damage to paths and fields which will cost £10,000 to repair.

National Trust's Calke Abbey estate had to cancel an event due to the bad weather Credit: ITV Central