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.

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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.