On Saturday I did some baking, as promised to myself, and I made a dozen white chocolate chip cookies, a dozen queen cakes (fairy cakes), and a yellow trifle. Then, before it got too dark too quickly I took the dog on a full circuit of one of our local parks.
On Sunday we headed off to Bretton Country Park for a 4-mile 2-hour walk in the country. Last time I went I mistakenly parked in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park where the parking fee was £4 (apx $6), and I didn’t want to make the same mistake.
I almost missed the car park (again!) as it was almost empty. When I found a fees board, I wasn’t surprised it was empty and at first thought it must be a joke and that there was another fees board somewhere else. There wasn’t. This little known country park in the middle of nowhere was charging £7.50 for 2 hours or more. Seven – Pounds – Fifty – Pence. (Apx $12.)
I was absolutely disgusted and I didn’t stay. Instead I headed back to that old faithful of ours, Scout Dyke, where parking is free – although I went prepared to pay at least a couple of quid for parking. The problem with Scout Dyke is that it’s less than 2 miles all the way around – or I think it is as it only takes us about 45 minutes to do the full circuit. But it was too late for me to go anywhere else as I wanted to finish our walk before it got too dark, and I do love Scout Dyke.
I’ve fired off emails this morning to both Wakefield Council and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park expressing my shock and disgust (because YSP seems to be managing the country park these days). YSP has tried to justify the fees by saying they need to raise money to keep the place open. Well, charging prohibitive car parking fees is NOT going to get the visitors across the threshold.
So far neither have had the decency to reply. So much for customer services.
Why not charge a realistic car park fee and a modest entrance fee for those wishing to visit the museum? Or do they charge the exhibitors? The café is already over-priced, so visitors take a picnic – read the signs, you stupid people.
I certainly won’t be going again until the fees are more fair, and I wish these attractions would stop penalising motorists, without whom they’d have no visitors anyway.