Poll: Questions raised over ‘no picnic’ rules for Holywells Park open air cinema

Great Outdoor Cinema Club, Grease. Photo by Music Art Study

Great Outdoor Cinema Club, Grease. Photo by Music Art Study - Credit: Archant

The open air cinema comes to Holywells Park this week and guests are being invited to bring along their camping chairs and picnic rugs - but leave their sandwiches at home.

Holywells park family fun day Sam, Adam, Erin and Robyn - when picnics were allowed

Holywells park family fun day Sam, Adam, Erin and Robyn - when picnics were allowed

Viewers will be able to see children’s classic The Goonies on Thursday, followed by The Lost Boys on Friday and Grease on Saturday.

But anyone trying to take their own picnics, drinks and popcorn in will have their food confiscated, according to licensing arrangements by the Pop Up Picture Company which is running the event.

They are, however, invited to bring along their own blankets and chairs to enjoy the films in comfort.

The ruling comes just days after we reported how an Ipswich family were asked to pack up their sandwiches after settling in for a picnic on Southwold Pier.

When the Forestry Commission host their series of summer concerts at Thetford Forest, guests are encouraged to take along hampers and enjoy a picnic prior to the show, with many arriving several hours in advance to make the most of the event.

Glass bottles, cans and metal cutlery, however, were banned safety reasons.

An Ipswich Borough Council spokesman said that cinema-goers were welcome to picnic elsewhere in the park before the screenings this week.

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Tickets for the screenings cost £12.50 for adults, and £6 for under 18s, with under fives going free.

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