At the weekend, thousands of families were invited to ‘Kidz Fest 2016’, a “a unique weekend full of fun” at Orsett Showground, Essex. Tickets were £16 each.
But that was just £16 to get in! To go on many rides, families were asked to pay £3-4 extra EACH. Here’s the kind of activity on offer:
Attractions included ‘Bouncy Town’ which you entered using a special wristband that cost £5 extra. But as one parent said: “Basically paid £50 plus to go on bouncy castles and to walk around a field. Don’t understand what we actually got for the entrance price.”
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One of the most disappointing attractions was this ‘explorer castle’ made from unpainted crisp boxes
The event also featured an angry ice cream lady who was accused of stealing money and selling over-priced 99s
The organisers of the event were ‘Winter Fest’. They previously organised a Frozen-themed event that proved controversial.
It enticed kids to ‘build a snowman in a snow pit’. But the snow pit turned out to be an inflatable paddling pool. With some foam in.
At Kidz Fest 2016, angry mums tracked down the organiser
It got pretty heated
And in the end, the police were called to “prevent a breach of the peace”
The happy ending was people that booked discounted tickets through places like Groupon got a no quibble refund
Moral of the story: beware events that invite you to use your imagination ?