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150 Jobs Up For Grabs At Wicksteed Park Recruitment Drive

One hundred and fifty full and part time jobs have been announced at Wicksteed Park as it gears up for the start of its summer 2017 season. The home of children’s play in Kettering is holding recruitment days on Wednesday March 1 (4pm to 7pm) and Saturday March 4 (10am to 4pm) in the park’s Pavilion. Following the selection process for jobs across all parts of the park, including catering, rides, attractions and customer service, all recruits will be given full training before the park’s officially opens fully for season on Saturday April 1. Many of those who fill the temporary jobs each year are students and some will do three or four years in a row or stay and become full members of staff. In fact, some of the most senior employees at the park began their careers in part-time or seasonal roles. The park also encourages older, more experienced applicants. Wicksteed Park was created by founder Charles Wicksteed as part of his vision to inspire and encourage play and outdoor exercise as part of families’ health and well-being. It has a host of new attractions for 2017, including the fantastic new Sway Rider wave swing. Visitors can also get close to the animals and explore the rope courses and overground tunnels of the Sycamore Circle. The park’s attractions include the RUSH zipwire and activity tower which includes one of the longest and fastest zipwires in the UK and an Air Bag Jump. The park has also just launched its Tree Top Walk, a 90-metre walkway of activities and obstacles suitable for adults and children alike. Also new is...

Wicksteed Park Lights Up The Dark Nights With Amazing Lantern Attraction

Wicksteed Park has launched an amazing giant lantern experience for families to enjoy in the run up to Christmas. Enchanted Tales and Illuminations, launched on Friday (December 9) features an array of authentic hand-made Chinese silk lanterns which light up the park’s gardens and fairground and is suitable for people of all ages. The spectacular night-time event, which features actors and staff in storybook costumes, also allows visitors to enjoy highly popular rides and attractions such as the Tree Top Walk, Carousel and Astroslide for up to four hours. The park is different from other commercial attractions in that it is owned and run by a charity and all money raised by the event will be used to invest further in the park. To set the scene for the evening, visitors will listen to storytellers’ amusing tales of how stories have escaped into Wicksteed’s StoryLand. They will then explore the park, which has been transformed into a sea of more than 60 brightly-coloured and larger than life animals and flowers, with designs including pandas, giraffes and zebras. Trees have also been lit up displaying an array of colours and effects to help create the special mood. The attraction builds on the recent trend towards winter light and lantern shows, with events in London, Leeds and at Longleat safari park. Wicksteed Park Managing Director Alasdair McNee said Enchanted Tales and Illuminations offered something spectacular to see at night something different for families to enjoy. He said: “We are finding that many people want something new and unusual to do as we approach Christmas and the tradition of winter lights is a...

Wicksteed Park Re-launches Weddings Offering After Two Key Appointments

Wicksteed Park, Kettering, has relaunched its weddings offering with two new senior members of staff and a new brochure to highlight what it has to offer. With its recently refurbished, elegant Edwardian Pavilion and stunning grounds, it is little wonder Wicksteed Park is one of Northamptonshire’s favourite wedding venues. It is also one of the biggest in the region, and has catered for many large traditional weddings as well as cultural and ethnic ceremonies. It has now announced the appointment of Sarah Johnston as Pavilion Business Development Manager, with Colin Brinkworth also joining the team, as Pavilion Operations Manager. The team has now launched its new Your Wedding, Your Way package, offering people the chance to create their own bespoke traditional wedding with the help of the park’s expert staff. Sarah joins Wicksteed Park from Hallmark Hotels, where she was Regional Sales Manager for the North East, overseeing a portfolio of 28 hotels. She previously worked as Sales Manager for Quality Hotel Leeds Selby Fork. Colin joins from Wyboston Lakes Hotel and Conference Centre, in Bedfordshire , where he was Function Manager. He previously spent eight years as Assistant Conference & Banqueting Manager at Trearddur Bay Hotel, Anglesey. Sarah said: “Wicksteed Park is a wonderful place for a wedding and we are aiming to build on and enhance its excellent reputation as a venue, which has been built up over many years. “We like to make each wedding bespoke and focus on the little things that will make the day a memorable occasion. “Whether you are planning a civil ceremony, a reception or both, you’ll find the perfect surroundings...

World Puddle Jumping Championships – Girls Like To Make The Biggest Splash

Competitors from across the UK are set to don their wellies and make a splash when the annual World Puddle Jumping Championships take place at Wicksteed Park. This year organisers have appealed to boys to try and claim the crown after revealing that girls have proved to be far and away the most successful puddle jumpers. In the first three years of the competition, it was won by girl competitors aged nine, nine and seven, with more than 80 per cent of those finishing in the top five also being girls. Wicksteed Park managing director Alasdair McNee said: “Boys have a reputation for being messier than girls and there is no denying that they are enthusiastic but when it comes to puddle jumping and making a splash girls appear to be far better at it. ”That may be because they are more focussed and determined and have the precision required to make the bigger splashes….or it may be because they just enjoy getting muddier than the boys!” A special series of championship-standard puddles are being created at the park and competitors of all ages will be encouraged to jump in and make a splash, with the competition starting at 11am on Wednesday October 26. Judges will give scores based on things such as height of jump, enthusiasm, distance of splash and stickability (the amount of mud which clings to each competitor). But the majority of marks will be given for the size of a competitor’s splash! The park is known as the home of children’s play after being founded by Charles Wicksteed, the inventor of the modern day slide...

Bonfire Night Extravaganza At Wicksteed Park

The Wicksteed Park fireworks extravaganza is the number one destination for a magical family event this bonfire night. Award-winning fireworks champions MLE pyrotechnics, from Daventry, are lighting up the sky above the Kettering park for its 15th annual display on Saturday November 5. The central feature of the bonfire this year will be Wicky Man, a giant Wicker Man who will come alive with some fireworks before he is burnt before the main bonfire, so be sure to come along a little earlier to see him. Wicksteed Park managing director Alasdair McNee said: “Proceeds from this stunning event will go towards new natural play areas in the park, so by coming along people will be helping the park build something special for all to enjoy.” Gates open at 5pm with entertainment provided by Connect FM, a funfair (extra charges apply), music by Big Bopper Entertainment and the fireworks display will start at approximately 8pm. As soon as the main display finishes, there will also be a free family disco in the Pavilion until around 10:30pm with Big Bopper Entertainment. MLE are one of the world’s top firework display teams and have previously been crowned British Champions and came second in the World Championships. Tickets for the event are £5 each and there is free car parking on the...

Safe Hunting Advice As Pokemon Characters Invade Wicksteed Park

Fans of the latest gaming craze for mobile devices are descending on Wicksteed Park after discovering it is a favourite hiding place for scores of Pokémon characters. The Pokémon GO app has swept the nation after it was launched in the UK by Nintendo last week. The augmented reality game – which is attracting millions of new players – involves using the camera on your mobile phone or tablet to find virtual characters in different real locations. Some of the characters hide near to water or in woods or countryside locations so Wicksteed Park’s lake, fields and arboretum have attracted scores of players keen to add to their collection. The park also contains several Pokémon GO gyms, augmented reality locations where players can battle other Pokémon characters. Wicksteed Park Managing Director Alasdair McNee said: “We are a prime location for Pokémon hunters and we have seen many people in the park searching for the characters over the last few days. “Dozens of characters have already been found as our 147 acre site provides many ideal places for them to hide.” The park has urged gamers to be sensible and safe when visiting the park and has issued the following guidelines 1. Never enter restricted areas. There are certain areas of attractions off limits to guests for safety and security reasons. Posted signs should never be ignored and guests should never go over a fence or around a barricade. 2. Be responsible and respectful of other guests. Keep your eyes up while walking. One way to avoid bumping into each other or stationary objects and to avoid trips and falls...