The best way to prepare for life’s ups and downs

Rollercoaster weddings at Wicksteed Park, Kettering
Rollercoaster weddings at Wicksteed Park, Kettering

Thrill-seeking couples are being given the chance to tie the knot in a unique way.

In what might be considered ideal preparation for the ups and downs of married life, people are being offered rollercoaster weddings at Wicksteed Park in Kettering.

Newlyweds can mark their big day by saying “I do” to a memorable ride on the Pinfari rollercoaster straight after exchanging their vows.

John Roberts, the park’s managing director, said: “Our newly-refurbished wedding facilities provide everything a couple could wish for on their big day, but increasingly people are looking for something a bit different and a rollercoaster wedding fits the bill perfectly.

“Our rollercoaster ride lasts 74 seconds and attracts 200,000 people a year.

“It’s not the fastest in the world but, with a steepest incline of seven metres, it’s the ideal preparation for the ups and downs of married life.”

Wicksteed Park’s Celebration Suite underwent a refurbishment last year to ensure it maintains its reputation as a top wedding venue. People can renew their wedding vows aboard the rollercoaster but would have to apply for a special licence for a marriage.

Couples can also choose to take a ride on the Wicksteed Railway instead of a white-knuckle experience.

Theme park fanatic Carolyn Oakes, 27, said she would have been interested if rollercoaster weddings had been on offer in 2009 when she married her husband Neil.

The couple had their honeymoon at Alton Towers.

Mrs Oakes, of Alexandra Road, Desborough, said: “I would have definitely done it – you would get some great pictures. It’s a good idea. They will have to use the extra money they get to build a bigger rollercoaster.”

For more information about weddings at Wicksteed Park, contact Gemma Stanhope, business generation manager, on 01536 512475 or email