Fun in the sun as theme park reopens its rides

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Rides will be open at a county theme park for the first time this year.

Wicksteed Park will reopen its rollercoasters, carousel, pirate ship and other attractions to the public this weekend.

Rides closed at the end of December after the Christmas period, meaning theme park fanatics have had to wait more than three months for their fix.

John Roberts, the park’s managing director, said: “The winter months have been spent preparing for the summer season, from testing the rides to planting new flowers and carrying out repairs and maintenance jobs.

“As soon as we close for the season we start thinking about the following year and everything is geared up to the first day.

“We just hope the glorious weather continues so that people can get maximum enjoyment out of their visit.”

It will be the first summer that new additions the Magic Ice Rink, Laser Xtreme and the Clown Coaster will be open.

Another big event to look forward to at the park this summer is a wartime weekend called Hope and Glory.

It will take place on June 9 and 10 and there will be an RAF fly past and live military re-enactments.

There is plenty more fun to be had in the Northamptonshire sun over the next month.

Experts will be carving wood using chainsaws at Stanwick Lakes between 11am and 4pm on Thursday, April 12.

The highlight of the event will be the completion of a totem pole carved using chainsaws.

There will be other more traditional wood crafters at work, including basket weavers.

People can try their hand at weaving a traditional willow hurdle or making a dream catcher in the Discovery Zone.


There will also be events at the county’s country parks.