Blackpool Pleasure Beach stops packed lunches

Packed lunched banned from Blackpool Pleasure beach

Visitors are being stopped and searched as thy arrive at Blackpool Pleasure Beach… for the humble pack lunch. The park has decided to only allow visitors to eat food and drink brought inside the park.

Families will have already paid at least £80 just to get into the popular tourist attraction, packed lunches are one way to keep the cost down. But visitors are reportedly being told to consume packed lunches outside the park and being turned away.

Named ‘the sandwich police’, the gate staff search bags on entry and if they find any snacks they are confiscated for the duration of the visit, or visitors are told they must be eaten outside the park.

The policy is completely opposite to other top UK attractions including Alton Towers, Legoland Windsor and London Zoo all of which welcome visitors with their packed lunches.

Bosses are the park have blamed limited space, and said that is why the ‘picnic area’ has been created adjacent to the park.

The pleasure beach, which claims to be Britain’s most popular tourist attraction with 6million visitors a year, said the policy has been in place for years. However many tourists are likely to be deterred by this strict no food rule – almost forcing visitors to buy food within the park, the family day out turns into a very expensive trip.

A spokeswoman for Merlin theme parks – which operates Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington and Legoland Windsor – said: ‘While more and more people choose to eat in the park restaurants, we have always offered facilities for people to bring and eat their own picnics, and continue to do so.’



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  1. Anon says:

    Pleasure Beach provide a picnic area opposite the park, get a stamp and walk to the 2 second walk!

  2. Pete says:

    the only attraction at the Pleasure Beach left will be the Ghost Town, its not available yet but the owners are doing a fantastic job creating it…

  3. Tomi says:

    Having been a visitor for years to the pleasure beach my family finally ran out of patience with it last year. Crazy prices, ridiculously convoluted entry security and que systems and a sense of poor value for money once i finally means we go to alton towers from now on. The entire blackpool resort must rely to some degre on funfair goers as other attractions cease to be (fewer shows etc) and every effort should be made by the local council to pressure the pleasure beach to stop alienating visitors. We went to the winter wonderland a couple of years ago to find only a few rides open at one end of the park, with brides breaking down regularly while we were there. again poor value and then the addition of the silver pass just for the priveledge of walking round the fairground. Add the pathetic search for a packet of crisps in your bag to this and I will certainly not be back to the pleasure beach. My poor grandparent who forst took me would be turning in their graves if they could see such a regular childhood pass time turn into such shamefull profiteering.

  4. Heather says:

    All you do is turn round put your butties in your car or the locker and walk 2 minutes outside to eat it on a picnic area, if you saw what us staff find in some bags and pockets you’d be glad for a small delay in getting into the park and being searched. Weapons and drugs im sure you don’t want round your children same with drunken tramps or stag/hen parties rampaging around in inappropriate attire when its a “family park”.


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