Are You Ready For A Rush Of Excitement At Wicksteed Park? |

Are You Ready For A Rush Of Excitement At Wicksteed Park?

One of the UK’s tallest and longest zip wires called RUSH – is being unveiled at the home of children’s play, Wicksteed Park, Kettering.

And bosses at the park are appealing for a couple brave enough to start their lives together by launching the attraction after rushing happily into married life.

Wicksteed Park 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.

The £200,000 development, which will have a top speed of 40mph and be as high as a six-storey building and 310metres long, is part of the park’s bid to offer innovative, adventurous and imaginative play opportunities for the whole family.

The park has undergone a major £2million lake restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to further encourage people to enjoy its 147 acres of countryside, with developments such a paddling area for toddlers, a beach and a 90m pontoon.

Elsewhere in the park, bund play tunnels will be constructed out of natural materials to encourage children to crawl and explore and other new attractions include a Bah Humbug hand-made sweet shop, Waxhands hand modelling and a refurbished café.

RUSH, which is due to open at the end of May, will comprise three zip wires to allow families and friends to take the plunge together, with helmet cameras to record the descent for a souvenir video.

It will also include a Leap of Faith, allowing people to dive from a 10 metre high platform with only a support harness to break their fall and a 14metre climbing wall.

The volunteer couple will be given the chance to formerly launch the attraction on their wedding day, with the park even offering the opportunity for couples to hold their wedding reception in its newly-refurbished Edwardian Pavilion.

Wicksteed Park Managing Director Alasdair McNee said: “RUSH is a perfect example of the type of innovative, adventurous play and excitement we want to encourage at the park.

“Charles Wicksteed was an innovator and, although the park has rollercoasters and rides, we want to encourage children and families to use their imagination and have fun in different ways too.

“People often say that getting married is like a rush of excitement on the happiest day of your life, so we thought having a newly-married couple of launch our ride would be the perfect start.

“It would certainly be a memorable start to their honeymoon and be a unique and unforgettable part of their big day.”

The popular visitor destination 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.

If you are getting married in late May/early June and would like to start married life by launching RUSH, contact Marie Phillips on 01536 512475 or email

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Issued on behalf of Wicksteed Park

For further information, please contact:
Andrew Turner – Andrew Turner Public Relations