Wicksteed Park in Kettering to unveil 40mph zipwire

Wicky Bear beside the nearly completed zipwire at Wicksteed Park
Wicky Bear beside the nearly completed zipwire at Wicksteed Park
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Wicksteed Park has undergone a major £2million lake restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to encourage people to enjoy its 147 acres of countryside.

The £200,000 zipline – called Rush – will see thrill seekers travel along the 310m line at up to 40mph.

The line is set to open at the end of May.

It is being opened for the new season as part of the ongoing improvement work at the park, which has included a £2m restoration of the lake.

Park bosses are hoping to launch RUSH with the help of a newlywed couple, and are launching an appeal to find a pair who would like to start married life with a trip on the zipwire.

Wicksteed Park managing director Alasdair McNee said: “RUSH is a perfect example of the type of innovative, adventurous play and excitement we want to encourage at the park.

“Charles Wicksteed was an innovator and, although the park has rollercoasters and rides, we want to encourage children and families to use their imagination and have fun in different ways too.

“People often say that getting married is like a rush of excitement on the happiest day of your life, so we thought having a newly-married couple of launch our ride would be the perfect start.

It would certainly be a memorable start to their honeymoon and be a unique and unforgettable part of their big day.”

If you are getting married in late May or early June and would like to start married life by launching RUSH, contact Marie Phillips on 01536 512475 or email marie@wicksteedpark.co.uk.

For details visit www.wicksteedpark.co.uk.

Souvenir

Rush will feature a trio of zip wires to allow families and friends to take the plunge together.

People taking part will be able to wear helmet cameras to record their descent for a souvenir video.

It will also include a Leap of Faith, allowing people to dive from a 10m high platform with only a support harness to break their fall, and a 14m climbing wall.

Paddling and pontoons

Wicksteed Park has undergone a major £2m lake restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to encourage people to enjoy its 147 acres of countryside.

Some of the new developments such a paddling area for toddlers, a beach and a 90m pontoon.

Elsewhere in the park, bund play tunnels will be constructed out of natural materials to encourage children to crawl and explore and other new attractions include a Bah Humbug hand-made sweet shop, waxhands hand modelling and a
refurbished café.

Last week, Wicksteed Park said it was temporarily reducing the cost of car parking and wristbands by £2 as compensation for visitors, because some of the restoration work was still not finished.