Wicksteed park’s iconic water chute voted as uk’s best historic ride
The iconic attraction was built by the park’s founder Charles Wicksteed in 1926 and was a forerunner to many of the theme park rides now popular across the world.
The national award was decided by a public vote after nominees were selected by competition judges, with Wicksteed Park winning Gold, ahead of the Ghost Train at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Silver) and Snails at Joyland (Bronze).
Winners in 22 different categories were announced during an event at Drayton Manor theme park, Staffordshire, on Thursday September 22.
The Wicksteed Park Water Chute showcases the wonderful vision and engineering of Charles Wicksteed in his quest to encourage children and families to explore and have fun.
In 2016, the ride was protected by Government body Historic England by being made Grade II Listed.
Megan Wright, Wicksteed Park’s Head of Sales and Marketing, said:
We are both delighted and proud that the Water Chute has been voted the Best Historic Ride in the UK.
It is a truly unique ride and, even after all this time, is still one of the most popular attractions at the park. We can’t thank everyone enough who voted for us to win this prestigious enough for their support.
The national UK Theme Park Awards recognise the country’s best rides and attractions, shows and events.
The awards are organised by ThemeParks-UK.com, an independent consumer guide to UK theme parks. In 2022, the awards were presented in association with AttractionTickets.com.
The 22 categories included Theme Park of the Year, Best Customer Service and Best Value. New categories included Best Steel Coaster, Best Wooden Coaster and Best Mascot.
In advance of the public vote, a shortlist was compiled using public nominations and with the help of a panel of expert judges including Paul Kelly (Chief Executive of the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions) and Andy Hine MBE (Chairman – Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain). More than 36,000 nominations were received, with a total of 30 theme parks nominated for awards in 2022.
Wicksteed Charitable Trust
The Wicksteed Charitable Trust receives no regular external funding to help maintain the park as a truly unique, freely accessible public space. You can help to preserve the park for future generations by making donations. All money raised is used to help maintain the park and its grounds.
It is amazing when all the hard work which people put in at Wicksteed Park is recognised, so it was particularly pleasing to receive two accolades in recent weeks.
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