Wicksteed Park is delighted to announce that it is planning to re-open in line with the roadmap announced by the Government.
Rides and attractions will re-open gradually over the coming weeks as visitors are welcomed back to the park they love, culminating in a celebration weekend to coincide with start of May half-term on Friday May 28.
Rachel James, Wicksteed Park’s Head of Sales and Marketing, said: “This is the news everyone at the park, and all our loyal visitors, have been waiting for. We are delighted and can’t wait to welcome everyone back to enjoy themselves and have fun after what has been such a difficult year.”
The park is also expecting to make announcements in the coming weeks about its Centenary celebrations.
Recruitment of the staff required to run the park’s rides and attractions has already begun, with details on how to apply for positions available here wicksteedpark.org/careers/register-your-interest
The park will continue opening the free playground and Carousel Café to people visiting the country park up to and during the Easter holidays, followed by the opening of a selection of rides and attractions at weekends from Saturday April 17.
The entire park, rides and attractions will open for the weekend on Saturday May 22, with Wicky’s Play Factory also scheduled to re-open on the same day.
The park is planning an official re-opening weekend to coincide with the start of May half-term on Friday May 28.
Wicksteed Park combines 147 acres of beautiful parkland and an Edwardian pavilion with more than 30 rides and attractions for all the family.
Due to the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic the park is implementing some changes to increase efficiency and reduce its operating costs, creating exciting opportunities to introduce new attractions in the future.
They include the removal of a small number of attractions which had become too costly or inefficient to run – Clip ‘n’ Climb and the zipwire (which both required visitors to pay an additional fee on top of the ride wristband), the racing cars and the monorail.
Work to enhance the park’s attractions has already begun with the building of a new meerkat enclosure which is fully accessible for all visitors.
The park is hoping to improve its car parking operation by outsourcing it to a private company. The new system will take away the parking barriers to help aid traffic flow in and out of the park and along Barton Road.
The simplified system for ride tickets introduced during the park’s limited opening last summer will also be retained, meaning tickets will be one ticket per ride, priced at £2.50.
The park is planning to open the campsite on Saturday May 22.
Rachel James, Wicksteed Park’s Head of Sales and Marketing, said: “This is an incredibly important year for us for lots of reasons and first and foremost we are so thankful that we are still here, and grateful to the people who have helped ensure that this is the case.
“We are still finding our feet in terms of recovering from the effects of the pandemic and have had to make some hard financial decisions affecting a small number of our attractions, some of which were popular with visitors, some not so popular.
“But we are working hard to make the park a better place to visit in every way and hope people are looking forward to coming back to see us as much as we are looking forward to welcoming them.”
As in previous years, the park is planning to fully open seven days a week during May half term and the summer holidays.
It is important that public donations continue to support the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, which owns the park, in the months and years ahead.
The Trust has very limited resources, and in the past has had to resort, with much reluctance, to selling off land to meet a vital financial need. Support and fundraising helps prevent it having to do that.