This isn't the first time Drayton Manor has experienced ghostly sightings. I've just come across this article by This Is Tamworth and I doubt any of this is a PR stunt:
The galloping of horses' hooves, figures at windows, a ghostly white horse and a clock which seemingly jumps from a wall – no, it's not a ghost train – these are just a few of the strange goings-on which happen after hours at Drayton Manor theme park.
The ghostly encounters at the popular venue were brought to the Herald's attention recently when teacher Richard Kingstone detailed some spooky occurrences which happened 13 years ago when he was working as a night security guard at Drayton Manor.
Now other staff, including William Bryan, General Manager for Catering and Retail, have come forward to talk about eerie happenings once the doors close at the popular theme park and event venue.
Mr Bryan said that the sound of horses cantering along Swiss Lodge Drive – the back lane to one side of the park – has been heard on many occasions and there have also been reports of people actually seeing a horse and carriage.
He said: "One anecdote that I have heard is of a man who walked out of the cricket social club, who saw a horse and carriage and immediately went back in and ordered himself a large drink!
"We have had lots of members of staff who have heard horses over the years – and we don't keep horses anywhere on site.
"Some people also say they have seen a figure on a white horse – Sir Robert Peel is known to have ridden a white horse."
Elsewhere, it seems to be the function rooms and cafes, all built on the site of what would have been the former Peel home Drayton Manor, where staff have experienced some ghostly activities, with the site of the Grill Inn (formerly the Missanda Suite) topping the list.
Once guests have left for the night, staff have experienced lights going on and off of their own accord, glasses being smashed and an eerie feeling of being watched.
Staff have heard names being called and the chatter of voices, when there is no-one in the building but themselves.
One former manager claims he saw the ghost of a lady descending through the floor, as if there were a cellar below.
Meanwhile, people walking past one of the boardrooms in the Park's offices have described seeing a figure watching them from the window – when there was no-one in the room.
William said: "I never used to believe in ghosts, but working here, I do.
"I once saw a figure walking towards me in the Missanda Suite and I have seen doors open and close of their own accord. I've seen figures behind me in mirrors – it makes you jump, and perhaps makes you a little uneasy.
"We have had various ghost groups and psychics in over the years who have all said different things."
And he showed the Herald CCTV footage of a closed locker on the StormForce 10 ride opening of its own accord.
He said: "That can't be explained – that locker door is heavy, it is difficult to pull open, the wind certainly could not have blown it open, there is just no explanation."
Drayton Manor was home to the Peel family from the 1790s until it was sold and demolished in the 1920s.
All that remains of the original building are the clock tower and what was the estate office. In 1949 the estate was acquired by George Bryan and his family and they turned it into the hugely successful family theme park, zoo and banqueting complex.
Diane Arundel has worked in hospitality at Drayton for 17 years.
She said: "I have seen doors open when no-one is there. Taps have turned on when there's no-one about and I sometimes sense someone being in the room when there is no-one else there. It doesn't bother me in the day, but I'm not sure I'd want to be here alone at night!"
She and Ian Arnold showed us the saloon bar, where a clock has been known to fly off the wall behind the bar – not just falling over, but ending up on the other side of the bar!
Deputy hospitality manager Brian Smith has worked at Drayton manor for 17 years and lives on the site. His spooky experiences extend to his own flat. He said: "The spookiest thing that has happened to me was when my stereo came on, even though it was not plugged in.
"Around the park you often hear strange noises and smell strange smells – often the smell of horses and manure. And walking through the Hamilton Suite, I often feel that someone is watching me!"
Security guards Roy Fatham and Rob Disspain say they have had some eerie experiences at the park, including hearing laughter.
With such a wealth of history attached to the famed site, perhaps it is little wonder that so many ghost stories surround the site.
If this was PR by Drayton Manor then they would've done it themselves, in my honest opinion, or would've had an official rep speaking for them. I can't say I'm a believer in the supernatural but the theories are possible and it's hard to make up such things. It's a shame that little events have happened during the daytime in which more witnesses would equal more truth. This Is Tamworth source