Alasdair McNee: Thrills and spills to come

The annual firework display will be one of many attractions at Wicksteed Park this autumn, says Alasdair
The annual firework display will be one of many attractions at Wicksteed Park this autumn, says Alasdair

It’s usually around this time of year that people start telling you how many days it is to Christmas.

The supermarkets have cottoned on to the trend in recent years and started stocking festive ranges earlier and earlier.

But joking aside, it is around this time of year that our focus at the park starts to move away from summer attractions to the many other ways we provide a family day out.

I’ve mentioned in this column before that, although the rides are open at weekends and half-term until November 2, our aim is to turn the park into an all-year round attraction.

Certainly, The Rush zipwire and activity tower is a part of that strategy and it will remain open long after the rides are closed for the year at the beginning of November.

But we also have other things planned to keep you entertained when summer has long gone.

Events at the park this autumn include Wickscream Park – two themed walk-through Hallowe’en experiences set to give you the fright of your life.

I’m not going to give away too much just yet, but one of the experiences – Panic Station – will involve a ride on the train with a very scary finale!

A host of fun and games will be available during the park’s free Playday event on October 29 and on November 1 the park holds its annual firework spectacular, with tickets £4 in advance or £5 on the day.

Our daytime shows also start on September 21 but our producer and director Katie Ashby and her cast have been busy rehearsing for months to ensure a show to match the West End for quality entertainment.

All Aboard SS Broadway and Christmas Aboard SS Broadway will provide a unique mix of West End quality entertainment in the stunning setting of Wicksteed Park’s famous Edwardian Pavilion.

For those of you who have never been to a show – or those who have and didn’t realise it was a completely new production each year – come down and see it… we even include lunch and afternoon tea in the price.

So something for everyone this autumn hopefully – and a sign of things to come as we continue to expand what we have to offer.