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The Festival Drayton Centre is owned and run by the community of Market Drayton and has been since 1984. It has solely evolved as a direct result of the time, dedication and commitment of its many volunteers – a staggering achievement.
The Centre is recognised and admired by many as an outstanding state-of-the-art facility that prides itself on its professionalism and was honoured as the Best Regional Winner of the West Midlands Market Town Awards in 2006 in recognition of the most outstanding Market Towns Project. It has solely evolved as a direct result of the time, dedication and commitment of its many volunteers – a staggering achievement.
The Centre underwent an extensive refurbishment and extension in January 2005 and since then, it has been cited as a cornerstone for social and economic re-generation within the town and the surrounding area. Indeed the Festival Centre provides activities for a broad and wide spectrum of community needs.
Within our walls you will see dance classes, martial arts, adult educational courses, a licensed coffee shop and a state of the art cinema and theatre experience that is admired by many. In addition to these arts and leisure activities there are rooms that are hired by numerous local businesses and associations, County and District Councils and chambers of trade and commerce.
These latter examples of usage directly or indirectly have an impact on the local economy and, with an annual footfall of 140,000, the community owned Festival Drayton Centre is seen as the ‘hub of the community', in many respects!
The many grants and donations that have been received thus far, the income generated by internal business operations and, most importantly, the invaluable and extremely committed volunteer network that now exceeds 120 people, are the secret to the Centre’s success.
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