Wicksteed Park – the home of children’s play – is recreating Alice in Wonderland’s world of fun and adventure in a bid to mark national Playday by setting a new world record.
Playday, co-ordinated by Play England and celebrated with events across the UK on the first Wednesday in August each year, highlights children’s right to play and the importance of play in their lives.
Its aims match the vision of Charles Wicksteed, who invented the modern day slide and swing and who founded Wicksteed Park as part of his vision to inspire and encourage play as part of families’ health and well-being.
The free Playday event at the park on Wednesday August 6 will encourage families to get out and enjoy the fresh air in the 147-acre country park and will feature a host of traditional fun activities and games, such as croquet, hat making and a dressing up tent.
Children are being encouraged to dress up as their favourite Alice in Wonderland character and the park is aiming to break two world records during the day.
People are being encouraged to bring their own packed lunch, or buy one from the park, to take part in a giant Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, during which the park will try and break the world record for the largest number of people eating jam tarts simultaneously, which currently stands at 2,370.
And during the day, park mascot Wicky Bear will be leading the search as Alice and the white rabbit are “It” in an attempt to break the record for the largest game of hide and seek, which stands at 1,240 participants.
Wicksteed Park Managing Director Alasdair McNee said: “Charles Wicksteed was a pioneer in the field of children’s play and the park has a wonderful heritage and history, which is rightly celebrated.
“Playday last year was such a great success that we now hold our own Playdays regularly throughout the year to encourage people to come and have a free fun day out.
“The Alice in Wonderland theme will be great fun and hopefully we can break a world record.
“We will be making our own jam tarts to give out for free on the day.
“And the giant game of hide and seek is a great way of encouraging people to explore every inch of the park and the new improvements and attractions we have introduced.”
Wicksteed Park, Kettering, was founded in 1921 by Charles Wicksteed, who invented the modern day slide and swing, as part of his vision to inspire and encourage play as part of families’ health and well-being.
It has recently undergone a £2million lake restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to further encourage people to enjoy its 147 acres of countryside.
The beautiful country park, one of the oldest in the UK, combines a wide range of attractions for all ages with the largest free playground in Europe.
The popular visitor attraction combines rollercoasters, rides and attractions with the tranquility and relaxation of an historic grade II country park and a nature reserve run by the Wildlife Trust.