Lapland: A fun day out for all the family

This story has been fairly well covered in the British press but if you didn’t hear about it, it’s a classic.

Consumer Direct has received over 2,000 complaints about a Christmas-themed attraction park that failed to live up to its promises. The Lapland New Forest park promised an exciting Christmas experience, with reindeer, a bustling Christmas market, huskies and Father Christmas. The reality left a lot to be desired, given that it consisted of little more than a muddy yard with some fair-ground attractions, a hideous nativity scene, a ‘magical tunnel of light’ which turned out to be a few white Christmas trees with fairy lights on and a pen full of howling dogs.

While this sounds like something out of a hilarious comedy, the sad thing is that a lot of people seem to have been misled out of quite a lot of money (£30 per person). I can imagine I would have been utterly furious if I’d paid to go to this place.

The park’s website is currently down, but the BBC have some photos of what it really looks like.

5 thoughts on “Lapland: A fun day out for all the family

  1. Don’t know if you saw the ugly conclusion to this? Turned into a riot apparently.
    Security guard told the BBC:
    “He also said staff were subjected to violent outbursts by irate customers, including Santa being attacked and one of the elves being “smacked in the face and pushed into a pram”.

    He too had been punched in the forehead, he said.

    [cough]
    Now closed and the directors being “sought” by trading standards and the fuzz.

  2. Apparently, one of the elves told a child “Santa’s fucking dead” at one point. The tabloid headlines for this story are a master stroke of punning (aka the lowest form of wit).

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