What can visitor attractions do to improve?The Out to Lunch campaign is calling on attractions to take five simple steps to improve the food and experience they offer to children and families. The attractions at the top of the Out to Lunch league table are showing how it can be done, while those at the bottom could definitely do more:
1. Ensure that all children’s lunchboxes and main meals include a least one portion of veg
- River Cottage Canteen at ZSL Whipsnade serve two portions of veg with every adult and child meal.
- The Science Museum and British Museum include a portion of veg as standard with their children’s lunchboxes.
- At Legoland there is no veg or salad included in children’s lunchboxes, and no veg or salad included in the children’s meals offered as part of the ‘all inclusive’ entrance ticket.
2. Ditch unimaginative ultra-processed foods and focus more on fresh ingredients
- Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh serve fresh, seasonal and organic fruit and veg straight from their own Market Garden, and meals are freshly prepared on site.
- Children eating at the Science Museum’s Gallery Café are offered creative vegetarian dishes using grown-up ingredients and flavours, with meals freshly prepared and cooked on site.
- Stonehenge do not have an on-site kitchen so all food served is pre-packed and plastic-wrapped
- Out to Lunch secret diner families reported that Whipsnade Zoo and the British Museum have healthy snacks and drinks widely available in vending machines.
- Children’s puddings at the Science Museum are an appropriate size and fresh fruit is also available.
- At Alton Towers sweets and unhealthy snacks are sold at checkouts, including in Cbeebies Land, and unhealthy options are promoted throughout the site.
- Secret diners visiting the Eden Project reported that free drinking water was readily available through the attraction and very easy to find.
- At Legoland thirsty visitors are directed to ‘Hydration Stations’ serving refillable fizzy drinks but no free fresh drinking water.
- Eden Project source all of their meat and fish from Cornwall or the UK through Cornish suppliers. 85% of the money they spend on food is with Cornish (80%) or Devon suppliers (5%).
- All of the meat served at Chester Zoo is British and farm assured. Their menus also include organic ingredients.
- Wales Millennium Centre is serving up heaps of local Welsh and higher welfare ingredients, including organic produce.