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Wicksteed Park

Kettering, Northamptonshire, UK

Wicksteed Park was founded by playground equipment entrepreneur Charles Wicksteed in 1921, and is now run by a charitable trust as the largest free children's playground in Europe.

Opened1921
SeasonYear round
OwnerWicksteed Trust
Websitewicksteedpark.org
Nearby Gulliver's Land (29 miles)
Drayton Manor (57 miles)
Gulliver's Kingdom (86 miles)
Alton Towers (91 miles)
Picnicing in the grounds

Picnicing in the grounds

Charles Wicksteed was a local Kettering-based entrepreneur who ran a company manufacturing various machinery and power tools. At the end of the First World War, he used some of his factory's central heating pipes to build swings for local children. This led to the formation of the world's first playground equipment manufacturing company, and the official founding of Wicksteed Park in 1921.

Upon his death, the park was bequeathed to a board of trustees which continues to run it to this day. It is the largest free children's playground in Europe, and is open year round as a place for children to come and play.

Wicksteed's Fairground area

Wicksteed's Fairground area

Alongside the boating lake, sandpit and wide open grassy areas, many additions have been made to the park over the years. Wicksteed is the proud owner of the world's oldest operating waterchute ride, which was built in 1926. There is a narrow gauge railway that offers trips around the lake, and various more modern rides including a rollercoaster, log flume and go karts.

Wicksteed Park is a beautifully kept, very relaxing place, with plenty to keep the family entertained. It is a credit to its original founder, maintaining a similar ethos to his intentions when it was opened almost a century ago. The park is free to enter, although there is a car parking charge and rides operate on a wristband system.

Attractions

Waterchute

Waterchute

1926 Waterchute

Playground

Playground

The largest free children's playground in Europe

Roller Coaster

Roller Coaster

Pinfari steel rollercoaster

Rush

Rush

Zip wire and climbing wall

Mr Wicksteed's Cars

Mr Wicksteed's Cars

Veteran car ride

Monorail

Monorail

Pedal-powered monorail

Boating Lake

Boating Lake

Rowing boats for hire

Rocky River Falls

Rocky River Falls

Log flume

Wicksteed Racers

Wicksteed Racers

Go karts

Paratrooper

Paratrooper

High flying spinning ride

Carousel

Carousel

Traditional fairground carousel

Railway

Railway

Train ride around the park

Sway Rider

Sway Rider

Chair-o-planes

Ladybird Coaster

Ladybird Coaster

Children's rollercoaster themed like a ladybird

Canoeing Lake

Canoeing Lake

Small lake for paddling canoes

Crazy Golf

Crazy Golf

Putting fun for the whole family

Clown Coaster

Clown Coaster

Gentle clown themed rollercoaster

Dropslide

Dropslide

Giant snakes & ladders slide

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