Alasdair McNee: Still time to have some summer fun at Wicksteed Park

This year's Playday at Wicksteed Park was well supported

This year's Playday at Wicksteed Park was well supported

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Are we really coming towards the end of the school summer holidays already?

It seems like only yesterday that I saw hordes of excited children running out from the local schools with smiles on their faces, ready to enjoy their break.

Summer is a magical time for children and we have tried to play our part in encouraging them to get out in the fresh air and away from the TV and their computer screens.

One of our initiatives was last week’s Playday, which we actively support each year as part of Play England’s programme of events on the first Wednesday in August each year, to encourage children to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

I would like to thank the thousands of people who came to our free event and helped us in our attempts to break two world records, one for the biggest game of hide and seek and one for the most jam tarts consumed at one time.

Perhaps not surprisingly, our free jam tarts were very popular and a rough count up showed that all those who took part chomped their way through 2,813 – so we are claiming a new world record, albeit an unofficial one!

It was a wonderfully hot summer’s day, which was a reminder to all of us at the park that, despite the many changes and improvements going on here at the moment, the combination of sunshine and our 147-acres of wonderful parkland is all that is needed for families to have a great day out.

One of the improvements to our operation that we have just introduced is a new website, which contains much more information on the park and its facilities and activities.

You can now also buy tickets and wristbands for our rides and shows online, which will make things much easier when you are planning your days and nights out with us.

Hopefully one of those days out will be before the end of the school holidays – there’s still plenty of time to have fun before lessons start again!