I'm kind of in two minds about a Drayton Manor event. Whilst it would be good to do something different at a different park, I think there are alot of things we need to take into consideration.
As Drayton is a non Merlin park we would have to factor in park entry on top of any event fee we charge. This would add a significant amount onto the cost of an event weekend for people which, for some, would mean they would have to make a choice between either the Alton event or the Drayton event.
How much appeal would Drayton Manor actually have for people? There will be a few who won't have been, however there will also be a fair number of people for whom Drayton won't hold that much appeal for as a park as the focus for the park has very much been on the family side as opposed to thrills in recent years.
I would question if it was wise to hold an event on a Friday. For many people it is difficult to get the whole of Friday off, with many of our event regulars typically arriving any time from lunch onwards due to the travel times or having to make their way to the park after they've finished work. For example, it would be very difficult for someone based towards London to make it to Drayton for our usual event start time simply due to the rush hour traffic. Even for someone like myself based in the midlands, the amount of traffic at the time I'd need to travel would make it tricky to get to the park on time.
There's also quite a few other things we should take into account. I expect many people would still look at booking Alton's accommodation which would mean traveling from Drayton either at rush hour, or waiting and taking time out of the evening on the Friday. As we discovered when we did the Southern Weekender at Thorpe and Chessington last year, two day events are exhausting from both a team and member perspective, we'd need to consider how much we tried to do to try and make sure we're not too tired from day one to fully run and enjoy day two - there would be a risk people would be a bit flat for Sizzler.
That said, if we were to go ahead with a Drayton event Tom's suggestion of BTS on something would be good. Perhaps potentially ERT on a ride too (not sure which would have the most appeal).