Park’s thousands of festive dinners

Head Chef Ronald Kempshall whose team have made a record number of Christmas dinners at Wicksteed Park this year.
Head Chef Ronald Kempshall whose team have made a record number of Christmas dinners at Wicksteed Park this year.
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A leisure park has revealed it gave hungry visitors a real festive treat by serving up a mammoth 10,000 Christmas dinners.

The huge numbers mean that Wicksteed Park has sold a record number of seasonal dinners in 2011 at their festive shows and parties.

It also means the park, in Barton Road, Kettering, has been one of the biggest servers of Christmas dinners in the county.

The 10,000 bookings cover the venue’s programme of 34 daytime shows and Christmas party nights.

The park’s managing director, John Roberts, said: “It’s been really busy for bookings in 2011 – I wish it could be Christmas every day when business is as good as this.

“The fact that we have served 10,000 Christmas dinners reinforces the park’s credentials as a year-round attraction, with the fun continuing throughout the year.

“We’ve done better than in the previous year, and we’ve been improving our Christmas dinner servings year on year.

“Many of our sales have come as part of Christmas party bookings or at the shows we’ve had on during December.”

Last year, the park served up more than 9,000 dinners but this is the first year they have topped the 10,000 number.

The festive dinner sales top off a year in which Wicksteed Park celebrated its 90th anniversary with a variety of huge events, including an outdoor concert and its traditional firework display.

Its seasonal shows, Christmas specials of Those Were the Days, started in December and have been played out to packed audiences at the park’s Pavilion venue.

Christmas parties were also laid on for people from December 3.

Hundreds of revellers also partied at Wicksteed’s New Year party on Saturday to bring the park’s event itinerary for 2011 to an end.

Mr Roberts added: “We’ve had a lot of success with our Pavilion shows too, with 400-plus people watching them every day. Christmas is to The Pavilion what summer is to the outdoor park.

“It is used for meetings, corporate events and shows during the rest of the year, seats more than 800 and is the ideal party venue.

“Thousands of pounds have been being spent on decorations for the Christmas party and New Year event spaces.”