Wicksteed Park launches interactive website

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Children and parents can experience some of the fun of a day out at Wicksteed Park by going online, thanks to a newly-launched activity website.

The Wicksteed Park Activity Zone features a welcome message from cartoon versions of park founder Charles Wicksteed and his dog Jerry.

Children can download pictures to colour in and play games such as helping Charles and Jerry to build a slide, search for creatures on a nature trail map and pond dipping for plants and insects.

There is also a Parents Zone including ideas for a day out at the park and maps and trails to print out and keep, such as a guide to the new nature trail.

The Activity Zone can be accessed by going to activities.wicksteedpark.org/games/home.html or by clicking through from the main park website.

Wicksteed Park managing director Alasdair McNee said the Activity Zone was a way of engaging children with the park and encouraging them to get out into the fresh air and experience its attractions for real.

He said: “The Activity Zone website is full of fun, engaging activities for children and the parents’ zone is aimed at providing useful information so adults can plan a trip to the park.

“We wanted to engage with children and families in an innovative and modern way, not to encourage them to spend more time on their computers, but to show them a glimpse of what goes on at the park and encourage them to come down, get some fresh air and see for themselves.”

Wicksteed Park, Kettering, was founded in 1921 by Charles Wicksteed, who invented the modern day slide and swing, as part of his vision to inspire and encourage play as part of families’ health and well-being.

The beautiful 147-acre country park combines rollercoasters, rides and attractions with the tranquility and relaxation of an historic grade II country park and a nature reserve run by the Wildlife Trust.

The park has been transformed by a £3m project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and has a whole host of new attractions, including a lakeside beach and walkway.