I paid £80 for a half-term party and we were promised foam party, inflatables and cinema – it was just an empty field | The Sun

PARENTS who forked out £80 on a kids birthday party venue are fuming after they weren't delivered what was advertised.

The Kids Party in the Park event in Portsmouth promised to feature an outdoor cinema, bar, foam party, and a toddler area.

Instead, bemused parents were greeted with a field and one straying stage, The News reported.

Baying mums are threatening court action amid accusations of "false advertising" – with the event's organiser saying many have been left "out of pocket" following the damp squib.

Amy White, one of the attendants, revealed: "It looked like a great day and although the cost was high the free funfair all day meant that it should be cost effective as there were no tokens to buy.

"And with the other advertised activities it should have been a great day.

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"But what was paid for was actually an empty field with a small stage on one side.

Helen Durnford, who was also stung, added: "This was an £80 family ticket and the experience we got to what was expected was far from the truth.


A spokeswoman for the event said: "Party in the Park has actually been running for seven years, it started as a community event and then at last years Portsmouth event, because it was an open event, we probably had 8,000 people come to Bransbury Park.

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"I thought from an organisers point of view we had to put people’s safety as a priority so making it a ticketed event I know how many people are on site and at the of last years event, I put a post up to see what the community did and didn’t like and people said the fair was too expensive so by ticketing the event it means that the fun fair is free with the ticket.

"The Hove event cancellation was down to ground conditions – everyone has been contacted, everyone has been told, refunds have been issued.

"We are in events and these things happen – one thing I don’t want to happen is this to ruin something that has been going on for seven years.

"We will have a minimum of 10 characters walking around all day and it is generally just a really fun day to have with the family, we are looking forward to it."

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