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It’s time to learn all about Wicksteed Park

The story so far

Hello there! I’m Charles Wicksteed, the founder of Wicksteed Park. Some of you bright sparks may already know a bit about the history of this place – but if not, here goes…

In 1913, I used some of the money I’d made as an inventor and engineer to buy a big patch of meadow just outside Kettering, Northamptonshire. The goal was to create a model village for the local community.

Why? Because I believed people would thrive best in well-designed homes, surrounded by countryside. At the time, many families across Britain lived in cramped houses with no gardens. And the only place their children had to play was the street.

Next to my village I built a big, safe playground, packed with engineering marvels of my own design, like the world’s first slide. And so Wicksteed Park was born.

Word got around quickly. Visitors flocked to try out our famous Waterchute – the first in the world. There was a train and charabancs (a sort of horse-drawn sightseeing bus) for people to ride. It was one of the first leisure parks in the country. And it’s still going strong today.

Why don’t you explore this site to find out what fun awaits you when you visit!

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Today, a group of truly marvellous people continue my work through the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, and what a good job they do! Every single penny you lovely bunch put in to the park, they decide where it goes. And it ALL goes back in to the park, whether it be to spruce up the loos or adding an extra coat of paint to your favourite ride, it all goes towards making my plans for the community a reality.

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Wicksteed Park is made up of 147 acres of parkland. That’s over 100 football pitches! And a game of footie is just one way to enjoy   them. There are hills to roll down, a lake to paddle in and trees to climb. Have a wander around and see what you can find!

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The park has been part of the community since day one. Families, businesses, clubs and charities have always enjoyed the   park, and continue to do so today. We’re working super hard to make sure this continues!

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