Pontins bans kids to make holiday park adults-only venue

Holiday company Pontins is banning children from one of its locations to turn the venue into an adult-only attraction - and families are fuming. The company has six destinations across the UK and the move will mean two of them are only for adults. The Pakefield site at Lowestoft in Suffolk will now be off limits for families, having been a seaside destination for children since 1958, reports The Mirror .

Paul Daley, 50, of Ipswich, has started the petition calling for the move to be reversed. His wife Mary, 48, said: "It's reasonably priced, there was great entertainment and some really good facilities for children. It was just a nice place to go on holiday...

I don't see why they've banned children it's a shame."

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The Pontins website says the children's playground area is currently being altered to cater for older guests. It reads: "We are all excited for the coming year as we transition into an adult-only park." Mr Daley's petition reads: "Pontins Pakefield have stopped family breaks from 2020.

"They are now only available for adults. Families who have been coming for years, even decades can no longer go. People are very unhappy."

The holiday centre is located near the small town of Parkfield on the North Sea coast.

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Peter Byatt, East Suffolk county councillor, said: "It is a shame because we should be encouraging children and families to come here and enjoy the old-fashioned seaside holiday." Entrepreneur Fred Pontin first launched his holiday camps in 1946 offering half-board and self-catering holidays with entertainment at resorts around the country. Sandy Bay Holiday Village in Kewstoke, Somerset, is also an adult-only site, but other centres across the country remain family-friendly.

The company has heavily discounted prices in 2020 and is currently selling trips on Wowcher from GBP49 .

Pontins has been approached for comment.

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