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“Nice day out, but over-priced” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wicksteed Park

Wicksteed Park
Ranked #2 of 111 things to do in Kettering
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Wicksteed Park is based in Kettering, Northamptonshire and the large 147 acre ground is a wonderful mix of rides, attractions and beautiful countryside and wildlife. Wicksteed also boasts two private function rooms, ideal for weddings, private functions and corporate hire in the Northamptonshire and Midlands region. The is also a family camp site which boasts a modern loo and shower block, and beautiful views over the lake. It's the perfect way to make the most of Wicksteed Park. You wake up just seconds away from our rides, cafés and playgrounds, and get special second-day discounts on our wristbands. 2017 opening dates will be updated shortly.
Hinckley, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
“Nice day out, but over-priced”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

Before I carry-on, overall we had a reasonable day out at Wicksteed Park, and the kids enjoyed themselves.

HOWEVER...to be honest I think the whole thing is really over-priced for what is on offer. The rides are tired, and considering today was supposed to be the first 'full' day with 'all' rides open, the vast majority were closed. "It's due to the weather" was the standard response, however it was fine today, little wind (although freezing cold!), dry and no snow about - why the vast majority of the rides were closed I don't know.

I would say not to bother with the tickets, and get a wristband - it probably works-out cheaper for the vast majority of folks.

In addition, do the staff actually receive any training before they are let loose on the public? Don't get me wrong they were all very pleasant and tried to help as much as they could, but to be brutally honest the vast majority of them didn't have a clue (mainly in the 'catering' areas). Most of them didn't even know where all the stuff was kept...very poor really. The impression we had was that they were just shown an area to stand in and told "Do the best you can...". Half of me felt sorry for them, but the other half just got more and more annoyed each time we had to deal with them.

It's naturally very early on in the season, but today was supposed to be the first day the park was fully-open - it certainly wasn't.

With some more attention to detail, better staff training and some investment this park could be a real Gem.

Visited March 2013
Thank Rossler692
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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Kettering by the Sea”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

A bit like jumping back 30 years and being by the sea...except you're in Kettering and about as far from the sea as possible. Kids under 8 will adore it, kids under 12 will tolerate it and kids over 12 will moan about it. Good, non commercialised British fun park with some novel rides.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great for Children.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

Children loved it but thought it was over-priced for the quality of rides. Main rides had long queues. Had to pay full price for 3 year old then found through height restrictions could not go on alot of the rides.

Visited August 2012
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Excellent camping trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

We went camping in August 2012 and had a great weekend, camping was £20 and we had a lovely spot overlooking the lake, the kids loved it as they could play in the park in the evening and go on the rides during the day, we got two day wristbands and had such a great weekend, we will definetly be back in 2013

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East Midlands, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“peaceful park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

Wicksteed Park is a lovely free park with a huge lake. Inside there are also a few birds and other wildlife and also some rides. Athough it comes to life in the summer its open all year round. The car park is expensive as are the food and drink inside, on the flipside the park is free to access and its a very peaceful place with lovely views.

Visited February 2013
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