Angered by Floral Pavilion ticket charge plan

I THINK I may have missed the announcement of this, but having just contacted the Floral Pavilion by telephone I have discovered there are plans to impose a ticket booking fee of £1 per ticket - yes - per ticket not per transaction.

This means that from May, if I want to take my grandchildren, my wife and myself to a show, it is likely to cost me an extra £7 as well as any parking charge that may be imposed on the Fort Perch Rock car park, say £3 for the afternoon or evening.

This means an extra £10 Wirral Tax which, quite frankly, I am not prepared to pay, so I will not be attending the Floral Pavilion with anywhere the same frequency as I do currently (three times in November so far).

Result - own goal for Wirral Borough Council - yet again.

When will they ever learn that the people of their Borough, especially those of us on pensions, are simply NOT cash cows to be milked at every opportunity.

I suspect that there are others who will agree with me and take a similar stance.

Car parking charges have already shown that people will vote with their feet and refuse to become part of this nasty trend towards indirect taxation by the back door.

Now, Wirral can look to the viability of the Floral Pavilion and Conference Centre being put into question due to their constant greed.

Robert J Turvey by email.

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2:50pm Tue 3 Dec 13

artemis81 says...

Booking fees are a pain, but they apply to everything these days - I'm not sure why, but £1 per ticket is pretty normal (it was £1.50 per ticket last time I booked a ticket for a gig over in Liverpool).

And it is free to park at Fort Perch Rock with no plans to introduce a charge as far as I'm aware (even if there was, they wouldn't apply in the evenings when shows are on). All in all, don't cry before you've been hurt - the Floral is still a good deal and well worth your support!
Booking fees are a pain, but they apply to everything these days - I'm not sure why, but £1 per ticket is pretty normal (it was £1.50 per ticket last time I booked a ticket for a gig over in Liverpool). And it is free to park at Fort Perch Rock with no plans to introduce a charge as far as I'm aware (even if there was, they wouldn't apply in the evenings when shows are on). All in all, don't cry before you've been hurt - the Floral is still a good deal and well worth your support! artemis81

10:18am Wed 4 Dec 13

spamfiend says...

Unfortunately, booking fees on tickets are a norm nowadays and we have had it really good lately with the Floral keeping their prices pretty good.

My family and I have seen an awful of of shows there over the last few years and enjoy ourselves whenever we go. We have bought tickets for an event over at the arena in Liverpool and I think we paid £3.50 per ticket so a quid doesn't seem too bad to me and there is always free parking or even the train, unless of course, you went to see Ken Dodd like me and needed the late night drunk bus!!
Unfortunately, booking fees on tickets are a norm nowadays and we have had it really good lately with the Floral keeping their prices pretty good. My family and I have seen an awful of of shows there over the last few years and enjoy ourselves whenever we go. We have bought tickets for an event over at the arena in Liverpool and I think we paid £3.50 per ticket so a quid doesn't seem too bad to me and there is always free parking or even the train, unless of course, you went to see Ken Dodd like me and needed the late night drunk bus!! spamfiend

11:00am Wed 4 Dec 13

spamfiend says...

spamfiend wrote:
Unfortunately, booking fees on tickets are a norm nowadays and we have had it really good lately with the Floral keeping their prices pretty good.

My family and I have seen an awful of of shows there over the last few years and enjoy ourselves whenever we go. We have bought tickets for an event over at the arena in Liverpool and I think we paid £3.50 per ticket so a quid doesn't seem too bad to me and there is always free parking or even the train, unless of course, you went to see Ken Dodd like me and needed the late night drunk bus!!
an I forgot to mention, there is no credit/debit card surcharge or booking fee when you pay on the internet.
[quote][p][bold]spamfiend[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately, booking fees on tickets are a norm nowadays and we have had it really good lately with the Floral keeping their prices pretty good. My family and I have seen an awful of of shows there over the last few years and enjoy ourselves whenever we go. We have bought tickets for an event over at the arena in Liverpool and I think we paid £3.50 per ticket so a quid doesn't seem too bad to me and there is always free parking or even the train, unless of course, you went to see Ken Dodd like me and needed the late night drunk bus!![/p][/quote]an I forgot to mention, there is no credit/debit card surcharge or booking fee when you pay on the internet. spamfiend

3:54pm Wed 4 Dec 13

rover600 says...

As others say it is a sad part of today's times that booking fees are common and in this instance I actually (faints as i say it) 'agree' with the council.

I've not heard anything concrete on this I only know of it being considered for it was in the infamous online consultation.

Had they 'thought smart' they should have agreed with the the Theatre to roll ticket prices up by £1 and no one would have batted an eyelid. I understand however the grand plan is being considered to use the booking system at the floral pavillion to take leisure centre bookings too which again so long as it is 'all joined up' is a good use of resource for a change.

The theatre is an excellent example of what is good in Wirral.

The alternatives I suppose if you object to the charges but still want theatre is to travel but you will invariably still get hit with a booking charge at other theatres and have your travel costs on top and in effect pay more.
As others say it is a sad part of today's times that booking fees are common and in this instance I actually (faints as i say it) 'agree' with the council. I've not heard anything concrete on this I only know of it being considered for it was in the infamous online consultation. Had they 'thought smart' they should have agreed with the the Theatre to roll ticket prices up by £1 and no one would have batted an eyelid. I understand however the grand plan is being considered to use the booking system at the floral pavillion to take leisure centre bookings too which again so long as it is 'all joined up' is a good use of resource for a change. The theatre is an excellent example of what is good in Wirral. The alternatives I suppose if you object to the charges but still want theatre is to travel but you will invariably still get hit with a booking charge at other theatres and have your travel costs on top and in effect pay more. rover600

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