Wicksteed Park has been a favourite part of life in Kettering for over 80 years. The earliest intended leisure park in the UK, the Park first opened its gates in 1921, at a time of economic and social uncertainty but of great optimism. Its inception and development was thanks to the philanthropic vision and financial investment of Charles Wicksteed, who planned '... to provide the people of Kettering with a place of recreation that should give them an object to their walks and to their children a safe and happy playground'. The Park contiunes to play a crucial role in the lives of local people today. It is an extremely popular family venue with in excess of a million visitors every year. The provision of possibly the largest free playground in the UK, free access for those on foot, and all kinds of amusements, recreation and educational opportunities, combined with the picturesque open parkland, creates the unique atmosphere of a traditional English family resort in an historic parkland setting.
Attracting one million visitors a year, Wicksteed Park is continuing to grow from strength to strength offering something for everyone. Admission to the 147 acres of lakes, spacious parkland, nature trail and one of the largest playgrounds in Europe is completely FREE! (There is a maximum car parking charge of £6 with coach parking FREE).
Wristbands are the favoured option for everyone giving unlimited access to over 45 rides and attractions for the entire day, including the Uk's Only double Pirate Ship, an adrenaline-pumping, gravity-defying ride, guaranteed to cause a flutter in the toughest of stomachs.
If a white-knuckle ride on our twin Pirate Ship isn't to your liking, there are gentler rides for all the family: Mini Jets, Chairoplanes, the Octopus, inflatable fun and the splashing seals, all of which are suitable for young children. Or you may choose to test your driving skills: on our 18 hole Crazy Golf Course or 15car Dodgem rink! Have a go on the Astroglide, with its 200ft long slides, or take the plunge on the traditional Water Slide. Plus there are Le Mans-style twin-seater Racing Cars, ideal for both parent and child, the stomach-churning Paratrooper and not forgetting the park's main thriller, the Pinfari ROLLER COASTER!
Plus for pink-knuckle fun, Mini Aeroplanes, the children's Labybird roller coaster and Cup & Saucer ride. Why not try the historic narrow gage railway around the entire park. And if all this fun-packed action makes you hungry, there are plenty of food outlets on hand to cater for every taste and with the vast parkland you can set yourself up with a picnic and enjoy your lunch in the acres of space whilst your children play safely around you.
Geese by the lake at Wicksteed Park