Wicksteed Park

Established in 1921, Wicksteed Park was the first dedicated children’s play park in the UK, created with equipment specifically for children set in the 147 acre country park. The Kettering Park was founded in 1921 by Charles Wicksteed, realising his vision to inspire and encourage play as part of families’ health and well-being. He established The Wicksteed Charitable Trust to carry out his work after his death and keep his dream alive.

They seek to enhance the offering of the park year on year and were keen to incorporate some sand and water play.

All the delights of beach play have been encapsulated into the new designs for the landlocked park. An extensive sand play area includes cranes, chutes, tippers, platforms and cranes, perfect for transportation play. It is also the site of the first AQuadrat in the UK, a flexible modular waterplay system made from solid oak timber, with mushroom pump and metal gutters.

Alongside the extensive sand play area, AQuadrat and waterplay there is also a number of pieces created for toddlers, for example the Platform Houses and Peter Horse Cart and Swinging Horse, all grouped in a Play Village.

Wicksteed attracts 350,000 visitors per year and is free to enter. There are a number of paid for attractions, but the water and sand play is free for all park users.

Alasdair McNee, Director comments:-
“Since its inception, Wicksteed has been about delivering the best in childrens play – inspiring children to get out and enjoy the park by providing specialist equipment specifically for children. Over the years the park has evolved, adding varied play equipment, roller coasters and rides to complement the tranquillity of the historic park. This new addition is extremely popular and has been mobbed since it opened, with children, parents and carers camping out for the day. We have many and varied play opportunities throughout the park, but waterplay was one thing we knew would be a very popular addition with our users – and that has certainly been proved to be the case.”

For more information on Wicksteed Park please visit www.wicksteedpark.org.


  • Wicksteed Park
    • 6 Paradise Lane
    • Kettering
    • Northamptonshire NN15 6LX
    • UK
    • NN15 6NJ