£100 day out for two inc 200 miles transport say £40, parking £10, food £20, tickets £30, is not an expensive day out compared to most concerts, plays, hell even the cinema here is £11 each for the cheap seats. You can pretty much forget day trips unless you join the national trust & visit for free, just transport & food to pay for then.
On this we would have to agree to differ
I wouldn't travel 200 miles for the cinema! And I guess how you view the cost depends on what you earn - for us it would represent a large amount of our monthly disposable income.
My point is less about the cost of the day out and more about the attitude of the organisers to their customers.
The thing is with concerts/plays etc, they are putting on entertainment whereas things like the Cycle Show (and the caravan & Motorhome show etc) is that they want you through the doors to buy stuff so I still think this is a fair amount of whack to fork out just to look round stuff that you actually would have to then pay for - and the days when you'd get true blue 'show bargains' are a thing of the past.
Their attitude to taking in your own food and being able to take photos also puts me off.
I also forgot to mention that the Caravan & Motorhome Show have an offer where a wheelchair user gets a carer go in free - when I had to wheel Andy into the Cycle Show in a wheelchair a couple of years ago (injury - nothing permanent ), we had to pay the full price for both of us.
I don't mind us both paying the full price - but why is the Cycle Show so expensive and have such stringent rules and, indeed, blame their parking costs on the NEC when other shows are not only cheaper but don't charge for parking.
I'm female - I'll just argue for hours....
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