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Wicksteed Park celebrates 90 years
Wicksteed Park's Pirate Ship.
One of the main features of Wicksteed is the Pirate Ship.

Wicksteed Park in Kettering celebrates 90 years since it first opened.

The park, which is thought to be one of the oldest in the country, was opened by Charles Wicksteed in 1921.

Throughout 2011 the Northamptonshire park intends to celebrate by getting the whole community involved.

The Wicksteed Trust wants the public to come up with some ideas on what to do over the celebratory year and to also help bring the ideas to fruition.

The manager of Wicksteed, John Roberts said: "The idea is to use each month to celebrate a different couple of decades, so for instance, in June 2011 we will celebrate the 30s and the 40s."

Humble beginnings

The park was officially opened on 14 May 1921.

It was Charles Wicksteed's vision to create an area where families could enjoy a day out.

The very first major event that the park held was a regatta which attracted tens of thousands of people.

In 2011 the Wicksteed Trust, which runs the park, will be replicating that boat race.


Wicksteed is based in 147 acres of parkland with a lake.

There are 35 rides and attractions as well as regular daytime and evening entertainment.

The park also has a caravan and camping site for the summer months.

However, the main feature of the park is the lake.

John Roberts said: "The very first thing that Charles Wicksteed did as long ago as 1913 was to create the lake which gave the park its present look."

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