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Started by TommyDCMBR8 on Dec 18, 2017 4:06:45 PM
Has there ever been a "good" Winter Wonderland?

Every year there seems to be another shit event somewhere in the country.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-42385803

I'd imagine Disney put on a good show, but has there ever been a decent pop-up event in this country?

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deadmanwalking23 - 18 Dec 2017 16:42:38 (#1 of 27)

Apparently the one at Crystal Palace was cancelled due to, er, wintery weather

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/mud-bath-crystal-palace-winterfest-christmas-fair-shuts-as-furious-families-brand-it-a-a3719051.html

MincePybus - 18 Dec 2017 16:44:49 (#2 of 27)

Christmas is RUINED in Crystal Palace. Where's my fucking compo?

MincePybus - 18 Dec 2017 16:45:05 (#3 of 27)

the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is quite nice I think.

solomongursky - 18 Dec 2017 16:45:45 (#4 of 27)

The reindeer had a hacking cough.

deadmanwalking23 - 18 Dec 2017 18:11:20 (#5 of 27)

the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is quite nice I think.

expensive to get in then massive queues, sounds lovely

LomaxFairchild - 18 Dec 2017 18:26:14 (#6 of 27)

expensive to get in

Free to get in, but expensive to actually do anything: 3 rides for a family of four = £80

Queues are not too bad if you go when it's at its least attractive, i.e. the morning.

thisonehasalittlehat - 18 Dec 2017 18:27:15 (#7 of 27)

Everything is ruined in crystal palace.

FestinaLente - 18 Dec 2017 18:31:27 (#8 of 27)

Of all the things it would be an absolute piece of cake to accomplish it's an xmas grotto. How do you screw something up so badly unless it's on purpose?

waxwing - 18 Dec 2017 18:39:46 (#9 of 27)

Real snow. An absent Santa. Surly elves. Sick reindeer. There's so much that can go wrong.

invicta - 18 Dec 2017 18:44:35 (#10 of 27)

I've been to two moderately successful examples this weekend... But you can't really do cold weather events well in a country where things are generally wet and damp, not crisp.

waxwing - 18 Dec 2017 18:46:40 (#11 of 27)

<plans Foggy Funland for next winter>

FleurDuMal - 18 Dec 2017 18:51:24 (#12 of 27)

Hah, they're always shite!

Still, it gives us the seasonal pics of ripped-off families looking all sad-faced in a muddy field, whilst chain-smoking elves skulk behind Santa's grubby tent.

waxwing - 18 Dec 2017 18:57:24 (#13 of 27)

You won't see any of that at Foggy Funland, because of the fog. There'll be some unexpected cows and a woman who's lost her dog. Only £5 entry.

invicta - 18 Dec 2017 18:59:38 (#14 of 27)

There's another quite good one near here... It's so far out in the fields you have to take a festive tractor ride to get there (and it's all undercover, which helps). At Halloween they have a similar event, only it's a scare thing and involves being chased by zombie hordes. The kids all come back having had their faces painted in horror makeup and then they ask go for lunch in the pub next door, which is quite disturbing if you walk in and have no idea of the event going on, like what I did.

Dubris - 18 Dec 2017 19:00:58 (#15 of 27)

Boo!

The difficulty, I suppose, is how to market these events in a way that will make people want to go to them without leading them to expect Disneyland-style production values.

invicta - 18 Dec 2017 19:05:22 (#16 of 27)

True. Many of them don't seem to be able to hit the standards of a provincial fun fair, though.

Dubris - 18 Dec 2017 19:06:44 (#17 of 27)

And surely the people putting them on must have some inkling of the dangers now, after so many failed attractions. The public expects magic and wonderment.

invicta - 18 Dec 2017 19:11:05 (#18 of 27)

Then why are they looking for them in a field in Ringwood?

Dubris - 18 Dec 2017 19:13:32 (#19 of 27)

The public often has a lack of common sense.

invicta - 18 Dec 2017 19:14:42 (#20 of 27)

You may be onto something,there.

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