Heritage Open Day

22nd September 2019

Heritage Trail

Wicksteed Park opened in 1921, making it the oldest theme park on UK mainland. Its founder, Charles Wicksteed was a successful engineer and inventor creating an amazing playground and wonderful park, take a stole and find out more .

Join us during Heritage Open Days for our Special Family Fun Heritage Trail, pick up a map from reception and take a leisurely a walk around the park to discover more about our heritage.

Wicksteed Park opened in 1921 and is named after its founder Charles Wicksteed who purchased the land in 1913. His initial goal was to create a model village for the local community, however following World War One and housing reforms, Charles looked to develop a park for people to spend their leisure time. He set up a charitable trust in 1916 and went on to build a number of prefabricated houses – some of which still exist and are within the park grounds.

The large lake, a significant feature of the park, was dug by hand and steam ploughs in 1916-17. The railway, a favourite with visitors, was opened in 1931.

As an inventor and engineer Charles designed and built play equipment, often using bits and pieces from his engineering business, and creating swings and slides to thrill young and old alike. This business grew, eventually exporting play equipment to over 80 countries around the world.

Wicksteed Park is much more than an amusement park and continues to attract thousands of visitors each year to play and explore in its beautiful grounds set within 147 Acres.

Opening Times

Friday 13 September: 1000-1600

Saturday 14 September: 1000-1600

Sunday 15 September: 1000-1600

Monday 16 September: 1000-1600

Tuesday 17 September: 1000-1600

Wednesday 18 September: 1000-1600

Thursday 19 September: 1000-1600

Friday 20 September: 1000-1600

Saturday 21 September: 1000-1600

Sunday 22 September: 1000-1600

Booking Details

No booking required

Access Information

The parkland has gentle slopes down to the lakeside and gravel surfaces to the precinct and rose garden. We have a changing places facility alongside disabled toilets located in the main precinct. The park is free to enter, parking charges apply The parks rides will be open at weekends which are chargeable, please see the website for details.

Additional information

The park is free to access, parking charges do apply, please see our website for details. Contact for the day: Tracey Clarke

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