Get back in the swing of things

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Families will be flocking to Wicksteed Park this weekend when the rides open for the first time this year.

The summer season officially starts today when rides and attractions including the log flume, the roller coaster and the bumper cars open for 2012.

New for this summer are the Clown Coaster – a children’s rollercoaster – the Magic Ice rink and the Lazer Maze, which were all introduced to the park last autumn.

You can also take a rowing boat out on the lake.

But visitors to Wicksteed will no longer be able to enjoy the nautic jets which have been decommissioned due to their age.

No visit to Wicksteed Park is complete without a ride aboard the train, which does a full lap of the lake.

Entry to the rides is on a ticket basis and different rides require a different number of tickets, ranging from one to four.

You can buy a sheet of 30 tickets for £25, or buy a wristband which gets you admission to all the rides for £17 for children aged 16 and under or £13 for adults.

Wicksteed also boasts a free playground, one of the biggest in Europe.

Here children can let off steam on the swings, slides, climbing frames and zip wires.

Other attractions include the sandpit, the crazy golf, the model boating lake and the formal gardens.

You can also see rare birds in the park’s aviaries, down by the traditional water chute ride.

The rides open at 10.30am.

Car parking costs £6 a day.