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What to do when it's a boring sunday
Wicksteed Leisure Park (Northamptonshire)
Member Name: helen190390
Wicksteed Leisure Park (Northamptonshire)
Advantages: huge choice of activities.
Disadvantages: Very limited parking spaces.
"shall we pop to Wicksteed?" is our usual Sunday afternoon what to do. We live around 6-8 miles from it, so it's not too far to travel. Wicksteed is a jumble of different activities and things to do throughout the year. The park is in Kettering, Northamptonshire, East Midlands.
Wicksteed has a small theme park which you can buy wristbands or tickets to use. It's open from April through to mid September as it is a seasonal park. You can still visit the other areas out of season but the rides will not be operating. They have lots of different things for adults and children.
They have a lazer maze game in the Hexagon, A train that rides around the park, A rollercoaster, Petrol bumper boats, Ferris wheel, big racing slides and much much more. The price for a wristband is around £16 and tickets cost £1 each. I would suggest a wrist band if you are going to be staying all day as it can get very pricey if you decide to use tickets as rides can be as much as 3 tickets per go and if you have more than 1 child, you're going to be very much out of pocket.
FREE THINGS: at the entrance to the park, there is a choice of different things to use if you just want to go for a free day. They have swings, slides, climbing facilities and lots of things for toddlers to use. These things are free to use all day everyday and are available throughout the year. They have picnic tables, benches and seating areas for you to take your own picnic along. Parking is still charged throughout the year. I would suggest if you are going out of season, to take food and drinks with you, they do not have their food counters open so will not be able to purchase anything to eat or drink.
Around the park there is lots of other things to do. At the bottom of the park you can see the bird in the aviary, a huge sandpit for children to play in (preferably in the summer) and lots of space to play football and other sports with the family. I have a 2 and a half year old daughter and we haven't been in season yet as it is always rather crowded for such a small child. We always take our lunch with us and sit down somewhere. It is much more enjoyable to know such a fun day has cost you just your parking.
They also have an arcade area and lots of things which cost extra money including fair ground games such as knocking bottles down to win prizes. These are also only in season and mostly on weekends. In the middle of the park is the pavilion which can be rented out for wedding receptions, proms (which my school had here at Wicksteed park) and other large venue events. The room is wonderful and i have been there a few times for different school events, one which was to construct a new theme park ride with crafts.
There is even an option to camp on the grounds of Wicksteed. There is a charge of between £15 and £20 per night for a plot. You have to provide your own equipment and it's all self catered. Wicksteed offers all sorts of family fun, even night events such as fireworks displays around November 5th, live bands, pantomime shows for children and much much more. You can find all the information you need on all of these different things to do on the Wicksteed park website. They have a list of all up coming events and you can check out their calender to see when the park's season officially opens and closes. School and bank holidays may cost more for different things, but you can find those out online.
I would suggest this park to anyone who are looking for something a bit different with a park. This place has everything to do, and doesn't cost you entrance fee, just parking of around £2. It caters for all types of families, so don't think you need to have money to go because we go there for the whole day and come home with change from a £5 note. I really rate this place highly for all their activities they have for children and adults to enjoy. Lots of rides for the little ones as well as the bigger children.
It is worth the drive if you're further out than us, as your saving a lot of money going somewhere like Wicksteed which is full of different things to do, than going to a place like Alton Towers where the queues are huge whether you go in peak or non peak seasons.
Summary: Pop over and check it out for yourselves. It's a brilliant day out at wicksteed park.
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