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Strap yourself in for the return of our soap box derby

Racers are gearing up for the return of our thrill-packed Soap Box Derby – with entries now open for this year’s event.

The contest encourages competitors to use their ingenuity and imagination to create karts capable of tackling a challenging downhill course, with the thrills and spills attracting entrants and spectators from across the region.

The annual competition ran for five years before Covid temporarily put the brakes on the event, which has rapidly grown into one of the best contests of its kind in the country.

But Wicksteed Park is delighted to announce that it is returning for 2022, with junior and senior competitions running from 9am on Saturday July 16.

Demand for places is already revving up so contestants are asked to book their places now by going to

Rachel James, Wicksteed Park’s Head of Sales and Marketing, said: “The Soap Box Derby is such a fun event and produces some amazing entries every year, so we are delighted to have it back.

“We have had some truly fantastic competitors and karts over the years and watching them trying to negotiate the course is a great day out for the whole family.”

“The nature of the event and the time it takes racers to complete the course means that entries are limited, so we are asking people to book their places now – and start building those karts!”

The Soap Box Derby is free to watch although car parking charges apply. Refreshments will be available.

Entry costs £20 a team for Juniors and £25 for adult teams.

Soapbox Derby
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