A GRAN says she feels like she’s been mugged after a trip to Winter Wonderland – claiming she paid £14 for a potato on a stick.
Fionnuala Stewart, 68, from Dundee, brought her two grandchildren to the Christmas event in London’s Hyde Park.
But she said the funfair is “daylight robbery” after forking out eye-watering sums for food and rides.
The gran-of-two told The Sun: “I knew it was going to be expensive but I got a shock when I bought us food.
“The kids wanted these potato sticks that we kept seeing everyone walking around with and they were £7 each.
“£14 for two potatoes. It’s ridiculous. Then we shared a crepe and it was a measly little thing with just lemon and sugar for £5.50.
“The rides are even crazier. £12 for the three of us to go on a little train for two minutes.
“I thought it was going to be a lovely market but it’s just a fun fair and it’s not worth it.
“You feel awful telling the kids ‘No, we can’t go on that’ because it’s daylight robbery.
“I feel like we’ve been mugged. You don’t notice the money just vanishes.”
Winter Wonderland is running for six weeks in Hyde Park, with a variety of attractions, activities, entertainment, and food on offer.
This year the funfair has a brand new theme: the Nine Realms of Norse Mythology.
Inside the Viking Ice Village, which is a temperature-controlled environment, more than 500 tonnes of snow and ice have been used to build mythical ice sculptures.
There are more than 250 ice sculptures on display, with some taller than 5 metres.
The winter attraction’s Christmas Market has also been given a slightly new look thanks to the Scandinavian-themed Market Square.
Inside the brand-new Scandi-inspired market, there are Danish-style chalets, artisanal crafts, and hygge bars.
Fan-favourites, like the Real Ice Slide, also form part of this year’s festivities.
The Real Ice Slide requires visitors to climb up to the top of the slide before heading down the 35m slope on a rubber ring.
Meanwhile, the open-air Ice Rink is also returning for the 2023 season.
Visitors are able to skate across the 1,795 square metre rink as live acoustic music plays in the background.
Other popular attractions include the Giant Wheel, ice sculpting workshops, and Zippos Christmas Circus.
For those looking for something a little more high-octane, there’s also Munich Looping, the world’s largest transportable rollercoaster.
Other rides include the Aeronaut Starflyer, the XXL, and the Blizzard.
Winter Wonderland said: “We strive to create a magical experience, with the best attractions and something for everyone to enjoy at a range of price points, including various free activities and entertainment.
“Despite rising event costs, we have kept our prices in line with last year, continue to offer free mid-week off-peak entry tickets, and have benchmark pricing on food and drink.
“We encourage visitors to book advanced tickets online for the best prices.”