Alasdair McNee: Help make it a brilliant summer at Wicksteed Park

Fun and games at the national Play Day at Wicksteed Park last year
Fun and games at the national Play Day at Wicksteed Park last year

I love this time of year.

Preparations for the re-opening of Wicksteed Park’s attractions are in full swing, everyone can see the nights getting lighter and the feeling of anticipation seemingly grows each day.

Although the majority of our attractions we won’t be “open” until the Easter holidays, there is still plenty going on this month, both in terms of events and getting things ready for later in the year.

We’re holding another of our very successful free Play Days on February 19, during the half-term break, and planning for that is ongoing as we try to second-guess the weather and line up a whole host of fun things for people to do.

But this is also the time of year when the park starts the process of employing to up to 200 temporary staff, who will help you get the most out of your visits. Jobs at Wicksteed are popular with people of all ages. People like flexible hours and summertime jobs which give them some extra cash at an important time of the year.

Having worked for the UK’s oldest charity-owned leisure park also sits rather nicely on their CV.

We also find parents with children and active retirees like to give us the benefit of their life experience and give something back to the park in a part-time capacity.

Customer service is very important to us and the people we select at our recruitment days this month and next are trained well, so that they hopefully enhance the visitor experience.

Jobs at the park range from ride supervisors to catering staff, providing a boost to the local jobs market as well as giving people an opportunity to help us through the summer, so keep an eye on our website for full details of the recruitment process.

Many of our temporary staff return to us year after year, so hopefully that is an indication that the park is a fun and rewarding place to work.

This year, we are also seeking volunteers to help with car parking, gardening, general maintenance, daffodil sales (for charity), duck food sales (to raise money for the upkeep of the aviary) and stewards to show guests to their seats for the Pavilion daytime shows.

So, whether you come to one of our events, recruitment days, or just want to spend a few spare hours helping out, we look forward to seeing you.