Alasdair McNee: Welcome to Wickscream Park!

Wicksteed Park will become Wickscream Park for Halloween
Wicksteed Park will become Wickscream Park for Halloween

Everyone at the park has been extra busy preparing for our new Halloween attraction.

Wickscream Park launched on Saturday and is a new kind of venture for us, giving a more interactive element to the fun experiences we provide for people of all ages.

We are working with AtmosFEAR Scare Entertainment, Europe’s biggest independent scare entertainment production company, and I must say the costumes and designs are incredible.

The result is two themed walk-through experiences for those looking to be left scared and terrified.

Panic Station, based around the park’s train, will be a spooky theatrical experience which takes place on board a travelling train, which stops so passengers have to walk into the depths of our eerie arboretum, where the phantoms linger, awaiting the unwary!

Elsewhere in the park we will have Cirque Savage, where notorious travelling showman Lazarus Savage will show off his infamous troupe of freaks.

Panic Station is PG advised 10+ but at the sole discretion of an adult and Cirque Savage’s recommended age is 12+ but accompanied by adult and 16 unaccompanied, again at the discretion of adults.

But the little ones can still join in the fun at our Little Monsters’ Ball on October 25, where they can have spooky fun and games with Wicky Bear, dancing, fancy dress and much more.

We will also be running Halloween train rides and other attractions for youngsters during the day.

Our annual bonfire extravaganza is on November 1 and look out for festive train rides in the run-up to Christmas.

Just finally, I would like to mention the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, the charitable body set up to ensure Charles Wicksteed’s legacy lives on for future generations.

The trust is looking for new trustees who can play a pivotal role in delivering an exciting future for the park as well as celebrating its heritage.

We are already fortunate to have a number of volunteers who help the park to run smoothly by donating their time and energy and we are always grateful for more.

But the trust also now wishes to broaden its range of skills and experience by searching out professional people with the appropriate skillsets to help drive the overall strategy of the park.

If you or anyone you know is interested, applications are by email to Robert Hunt at stating how you would like contribute to the trust, including a current CV.