To think that this is utterly bizarre and unfair?

(61 Posts)
VulvaVoom Sun 05-Jan-14 12:50:51

I was looking up prices of a local adventure park place (the kind that has lots of land, farmyard animals, rides etc) and this was in with the entrance fee info:

'We are sorry but we are unable to let single MEN OR WOMEN without children into the park. If you are here to meet someone let one of our reception staff know and they will happily do a tannoy asking them to come and meet you'

AIBU to find this utterly odd and unfair? Perhaps they've had a problem with predatory paedophiles in the past? confused

Imagine if, as an individual you went there for a wander/look at the animals/coffee and they wouldn't let you in.

I'm not the type to overreact but this certainly surprised me!

phantomnamechanger Tue 07-Jan-14 16:22:59

and their wording is nonsensical anyway - their use of "single" - if you take your marriage cert to prove you are not a single man or woman, that's ok??

summersblue Tue 07-Jan-14 18:07:06

Is this sign even legal?

tolittletoolate Tue 07-Jan-14 18:23:04

is it Gullivers Land by any chance?

We went there during half term and they wouldn't let my husband in on his own, we were already in there and he came later. Poor sod was trying to ring us to come to the entrance and prove he had a child and isn't a paedophile! !

tolittletoolate Tue 07-Jan-14 18:25:02

Although I really don't know why someone would go there without having children with them, there are no real thrill rides and it is mostly for kids.

Sadoldbear Tue 07-Jan-14 18:34:29

Tough if you're interested in the Falconry event in Feb. And are you able to shop in their farmshop?

The website says that they want to keep it a family attraction, I went to the Warrington one a lot when mine were young.

It was good because it was only little ones and didn't attract adults/teens, unlike other attractions, which I moved on to, as they grew.

I don't see the problem, tbh.

AlpacaPicnic Tue 07-Jan-14 19:36:10

I suspect it is, as others have said, a clumsy worded attempt to say Adults must be accompanied by a child.

Isn't there a park in London where this is the rule? Corams fields, something like that?

VivaLeBeaver Tue 07-Jan-14 19:39:55

Its Sundown isn't it? If not then they have the same sign on their gates.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 07-Jan-14 19:46:27

Although Sundown don't have animals, and I just looked on their website and can't see anything so maybe its changed.

Gullivers website however does say no childless adults allowed. But they don't have animals either do they - didn't at Matlock when I last went. So as its all kids rides only can't really see why an adult without a child would want to go to there. I guess as its private property they can do what they want. Maybe they've had problems with drunken groups trying to jam themselves into the teacups?

lozster Tue 07-Jan-14 20:22:16

A park near great Ormond street also has (or did have) this rule enforced by security. My other half had sat down to eat a sandwich accompanied by his sister. It is fairly insulting and begs the question of whether security who enforce the rule might be better just keeping an eye on the kids safety rather than focusing on checking each adult has a kiddie with them. Reasons for a single person being in a park might be sandwich eating, having a sit down, checking out the equipment for your own kids/nieces etc, seeing what your council tax has been spent on... Or even (shock horror) enjoying seeing children have fun.

MrsDeVere Tue 07-Jan-14 20:27:20

Isn't the Coram's field thing historic?

I may be making this up but I thought it was because of some {insert legal term here} because the land has to be used for the enjoyment of London's children.

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