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Popular countryside park re-opens but bans picnics

PUBLISHED: 17:02 24 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:00 24 July 2018

Fritton Lake has re-opened to day visitors Photo: Nick Butcher

Fritton Lake has re-opened to day visitors Photo: Nick Butcher

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A popular countryside park has re-opened for the summer, but with a ‘no picnic’ rule and staff patrolling to keep an eye out for sneaky eaters.

Fritton Lake has bought in a picnic ban Photo: Nick ButcherFritton Lake has bought in a picnic ban Photo: Nick Butcher

Fritton Lake, near Great Yarmouth, closed to day visitors last year with Lord and Lady Somerleyton saying they wanted to focus on creating a private resort.

This year, however, it has re-opened its doors to the wider public - possibly for the last time.

Spokesman Nick Lane said the concept was still evolving and while they decided exactly what shape the new private members club would take it was re-opening for this summer.

It means visitors to the park can still enjoy the bouncy pillow, play equipment and lakeside trails as day members for £5 per person.

Pony rides, boat trips and other activities are available at an extra cost.

There is also an above-ground swimming pool which has to be booked in advance and only holds ten people at a time.

Mr Lane said a pay-per-car scheme which ran for a few years hadn’t worked and that people who bought their own food left too much mess.

“People would go to Mcdonalds on the way and leave all their rubbish,” he said. “It’s just not acceptable in a nature area.”

Visitors are asked to eat and drink at the Fritton Arms and not bring their own drinks or picnics, although they can bring water.

He said: “It will develop over the next few years and become a private members resort.

“This year is it open for day members but that may well change next year.”

Under twos are free, access is via the Fritton Arms.

The park is open every day 10-5pm until October 31.

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