Watch what you eat this bank holiday weekendHealthy food scarce at UK's top tourist attraction

18 August 2008

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Alton Towers is the UK's most-visited theme park

People may be spoilt for choice when deciding on the family outing this bank holiday weekend, but this isn’t always the case with the food on offer at the UK’s top tourist attractions, according Which? Holiday.

In a survey of 3,039 Which? Holiday members, just 29 per cent of those who had visited a UK attraction in the past year thought there was a good choice of food available, and 58 per cent thought that the food on offer wasn’t very healthy.

Which? Holiday also teamed up with dieticians to inspect eight of the UK’s top visitor attractions and found that the range of healthy options varied considerably.

Alton Towers performed well, with a range of clearly labelled and healthy food choices available at all its outlets. Tate Modern also performed well, with a large selection of healthy choices. However, these foods weren’t easily identified.

Poor performers

Blackpool Pleasure Beach fared badly, with very few healthy food options and very little nutritional information available. A number of other attractions, such as Giant’s Causeway and York Minster, did have a small number of healthy food options but these weren’t easily identifiable.

Lorna Cowan, editor of Which? Holiday, said: ‘It’s great to see that some attractions, such as Alton Towers, are making a real effort to promote healthy foods. But healthy options at these attractions are often not very well labelled, which can let them down.

‘We’re not saying that treats should be completely out of bounds on a day out, just that suitable healthy alternatives should be more easily available for people who want them.’