Things to See

There’s nowhere quite like Wicksteed Park.

Along with 30 exciting rides and activities, including one of Europe’s longest zip wires, there’s 147 acres of beautiful rolling parkland – perfect for a game of frisbee, or a big family picnic.

Stay the night in our cosy campsite, wander round our woods, or jump aboard the UK’s most popular narrow gauge railway – there’s more to do than you can shake a shilling at.

So, are you ready to get stuck in?

Our lake

Our lake’s looking lovelier than ever now, thanks to £3 million of sprucing by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, Northamptonshire County Council and Kettering Borough Council. It’s the heart of our park, with shingle beaches, a pontoon, nature spots and the arboretum for you to enjoy. And there’s a pretty special natural play zone in the works to boot.


Our grassy amphitheatre is very comfy for singing, dancing and general larking about. You can even hire it out for special events. All together now...


Planted in the Seventies, our arboretum is now a lovely mature wood full of exotic trees. The leafy glades are a nice place to sit and read a book – or try to see how many squirrels you can spot shooting up the tree trunks.


Our small team of gardeners do an excellent job at managing our formal gardens as well as creating new pockets of interest all around the park. We are always on the look out for green fingered volunteers to help us out.

Motte & Bailey

Want to be King of the Castle? Just behind our arboretum are the remains of a Norman motte-and-bailey – a 900-year-old castle! The motte (earthworks) is easily visible at either end. This land is managed for us by the local Wildlife Trust, so please keep your pooch on a lead.


Restored by our very own team of carpenters, this is our original 1920s roundhouse, which has been neglected for years. It’s now a key part of the lakeside, providing shade when it’s sunny, and shelter from those little summer showers England gets now and then.


Across the A6 (AKA Barton Road) is another historical gem. Before fancy fertilisers, farmers used to improve their crops by flooding their fields with river water using specially-dug canals. Local volunteers helped restore these canals to create our watermeadow: a beautiful habitat full of sedge, reeds – and lots and lots of birds.

Gorgeous grounds

Wicksteed Park is made up of 147 acres of parkland. That’s over 100 football pitches! And a game of footie is just one way to enjoy them. There are hills to roll down, a lake to paddle in and trees to climb. Have a wander around and see what you can find!

Open spaces

Fun activities

From meeting meerkats, to boating on the lake, there's something for everyone at Wicksteed Park!

Plan your visit

Exciting attractions

There are so many rides and attractions to see and do in Wicksteed Park it’s hard to keep track.


Volunteer Today!

Wicksteed Park, is wholly owned by Wicksteed Charitable Trust and is a Grade II English Heritage Listed Park & Garden. The park was founded in 1921 as part of the extraordinary legacy of Charles Wicksteed which extends beyond the Recreation Park he created.

Are you interested in volunteering at Wicksteed Park? Would you like more information on what you can do to get involved and help us? Download our volunteer guide to find out how you can get involved below.

Volunteer Guide

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