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“Not the best day out”
Review of Wicksteed Park

Wicksteed Park
Ranked #2 of 112 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.
Kettering, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not the best day out”
Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

The rides are on a ticket system which is not explained. I asked for a ride for my grandchild and was told it was 2 tickets. I said that there was only one cold and I was told to take it or leave it. The food was expensive and frankly awful. Not one member of staff could have cared less. The car park is grass and also expensive. Not an experience I shall repeat. A shame as its within walking distance of my home.

Visited June 2013
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Day Out At Wicksteed Park”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The park is set in lovely grassed areas along with a good few trees.There is plenty of Free Swings and Slides for the Younger Generation along with quit a few paid for rides best to buy a wristband for these.
You can obtain fish & chips,also Tea & Coffee,There also a bar available.
If you do come to Wickstead you must have a ride round the park on the Miniature Railway lovely ride around the Lake and around most of the Park.
Entrance is FREE if on foot,but there is a charge for Car Parking £ 6.00 i think

Visited June 2013
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“great for the children”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Wicksteed Park was my favourite place to go to when I was a child and it hasn't changed that much in 50 years apart from the most up to the minute rides and attractions. The train and boating lakes are still there as is the water chute. There are acres of open parkland to enjoy a picnic or just a walk/games and the children absolutely love it. My grandchildren still enjoy going there and the train ride around the lake and through the tunnel is a must! There are plenty of places for food or you can just bring your own and there is ample car parking. They also do a Show in the Pavilion with afternoon teas or just evening entertainment and this Christmas it is a Hollywood Theme with Christmas Lunch but you do have to book in advance.

Visited August 2012
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Desborough
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“peoples park on rather expensive”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

When philanthropist Charles wicksteed inaugurated this park it was dedicated to the people of Kettering. When I was a child {admittedly a long time ago }. Park entrance was free even car parking. Indeed the only things that incurred a cost was the train ride pony rides and the water chute to the best of my memory these were sixpence in real money {2 1/2 p today} Oh I forgot the boats on the lake,apart from the paddle boats you needed a "grown up" in tow for these delights. Apart from the odd 2d {less than 1p } It cost nothing. there were wide expanses of grass to play or picnic on {now carparks and loads of tiddlers, newts, frogs and tadpoles to catch in the various ponds, streams and the lake. I caught my first proper fish from the lake overflow stream. How things have changed! To take my grandchildren there now really has to be budgeted for.Pay to get in pay for parking .pay,pay,pay!!! Verily Mr, Wicksteed may be heard rapidly spinning where he should be laid to rest.

Visited August 2012
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Kettering, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lots of free play areas and space for family picnics”
Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Can buy tickets for train etc not lots rides Drayton manor or gullivers style but much cheaper and more space. Can buy yearly band if local v good value

Visited May 2013
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