06/05/2011 10:51 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Family Trip To Blackpool? Don't Take A Picnic!

Family trips to the seaside? Don't take a picnic! Peter Byrne/PA Archive

It's the quintessential British seaside destinations: all funfairs, sticks of rock, donkey rides and of course that famous tower. Blackpool Pleasure Beach has been a firm favourite with young family for years. And, as on any day out, come lunchtime, most visitors will tuck into a wholesome family picnic, right?


Visitors to Blackpool's Pleasure Beach attraction - which costs around £80 for a family ticket - are being told they cannot bring their own packed lunches and can only eat food they have purchased on site.

Staff at the entrance to the Pleasure Beach - which claims to be Britain's most popular tourist attraction with 6million visitors a year – are reportedly seizing sarnies at the gate, and only returning them when visitors leave.

Officials at the resort insisted the policy had been in place for a number of years, and that visitors were welcome to eat their packed lunches in an area adjacent to the attraction:

'Due to the intensity of rides and attractions within the 42 acre site, there is limited space, and so a dedicated picnic area has been created adjacent to the entrance of Pleasure Beach,' explained a spokesman, 'Allowances are made for guests with special dietary requirements and dedicated picnic areas are also provided for school parties booked in advance. Storage facilities are provided for those who bring outside food to the park.'

Holidaymakers however remain outraged, many telling reporters it makes for an expensive day out and will put people off visiting.

What do you think? Have you visited recently?