VIDEO: Children make a splash at play day

Hundreds of youngsters have had a splashing time as a Kettering attraction hosted another in its series of fundraisers today (Wednesday, October 30).

The highlight of the play day at Wicksteed Park, which has been organised to coincide with the half-term holiday, was the inaugural World Puddle Jumping Championship.

There were also pits of mud and of dead leaves among a host of other attractions.

Alasdair McNee, managing director of Wicksteed Park, said park officials had been impressed by the turnout for a play day held earlier in the summer, and had wanted to hold more at different points in the year.

“We want to encourage more outdoor play, more free play,” he added. “We want to attract people in the community to participate and encourage children to have fun outdoors.

“It’s mums and dads giving their children permission to get muddy and wet. They love it, we’ve had hundreds here. We took our inspiration from Peppa Pig.

“We are looking for people to sponsor us (for future play days) and make them bigger and better and become a real celebration.”

He said the concept of encouraging children to play was something at the forefront of vision of the park’s founder, Charles Wicksteed.

The puddle jumping championship was won by six-year-old Lucy Chapman from Kettering. Competitors were judged on criteria including their splashability, the amount of mud they had on them and enthusiasm.