Fabulous Wicksteed Park in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside is rightfully proud of its heritage as the home of children’s play. Set within 147 acres of beautiful rolling parkland, there’s plenty to keep the kids and adults entertained all day long.
For 100 years children have been thrilled by a visit to Wicksteed, which was the UK’s first public playground and is the oldest theme park on the UK mainland. Enjoy a fabulous day out at Wicksteed Park with loads of rides and attractions on offer to entertain the whole family.
Rides and Attractions at Wicksteed Park
Wicksteed continues to provide great days out and happy memories for generations of families, with many modern rides to complement its other unique features and 147-acres of beautiful parkland.
Take a splash on the Rocky River Falls, set sail for the high seas on the Rockin’ Tug mini pirate ship or see the park from a whole different perspective on the Lighthouse tower drop ride.
Below are a small selection of the many rides and attractions on offer.
Wicksteed Park Railway
Enjoy a relaxing ride on the Wicksteed Park Railway around the natural parkland and along the park lakeshore. Since it first opened in 1931, Over 15 million people have taken a ride on this historic attraction.
The Sway Rider artwork has been created especially for Wicksteed Park and has been hand-decorated with paintings of some of the Park’s iconic attractions. Like the magnificent wooden Carousel, the Sway Rider is beautiful during the day but just as spectacular on evenings when the sun goes down, with lights ablaze rich in gold and glorious colours!
The 30ft high ride undulates up and down as you are tilted 45 degrees to give you and your family an adrenaline rush to remember.
The Water Chute was one of the first water-based rides in the world and is still in operation today. Designed by Charles Wicksteed and opened in 1926, it is the oldest water chute in Britain. You will find a very similar water chute in Scarborough on the North Yorkshire coast.
Dinosaur Valley is a thrilling rollercoaster ride that passes through the legs of a mighty brontosaurus. One of the latest additions is Galaxy Invaders, another exciting adrenalin pumping thrill ride. Rocky River Falls log flume ride which has children shrieking with joy.
Another great option catering for smaller thrill-seekers is the Ladybird Coaster where little ones can enjoy their first experience of a Roller-Coaster.
If you’re feeling daring then why not try the 8-metre Drop Slide? It is certainly a daunting challenge to anyone who sits on the top for the very first time, once you’re in position will you have the nerve to take the leap?
Tree Top Walk
Climb, scramble and crawl through the different routes of the Tree Top Walk. Brave the 90-metre course with its rope bridges, cargo nets and tree trunks which will take you high up into the treetops of Wicksteed Park.
This attraction reaches a height of 8-metres above the ground and includes obstacles suitable for both adults and children alike. Create your own mini-adventures high up in the trees and take in the views of the park below.
The park operates a free playground within a free-to-access public park, owned and managed by the Wicksteed Charitable Trust. It was created by founder Charles Wicksteed, who invented modern-day play equipment such as the slide and swing, as part of his vision to inspire and encourage play as part of families’ health and wellbeing.
Food and Drink
Wicksteed Park has a wide variety of indoor and outdoor food outlets on offer. Franks Burgers and Franks Fish and Chips are ideal choices for lunch, or you can pick up coffee and cake at the Carousel Café. On warm days enjoy ice creams from The Parlour.
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Travelling to Wicksteed Park
Wicksteed Park is situated in Kettering, Northamptonshire, if you have a sat nav use the postcode NN15 6NJ.
There are lots of places to stay in the vicinity of Wicksteed Park. The park has its own modern camping site so you can pitch your tent in the shadow of some of the rides or next to the park’s railway. If you only plan on visiting the park for one day and would like to explore some of the other attractions in the area then take a look at some of the wonderful self-catering cottages available from Snaptrip.
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