Lottery money opens leisure park to conferencing

Family leisure attraction Wicksteed Park in Kettering is to launch itself as a venue for conferences, corporate away days and teambuilding from May following the refurbishment of its Edwardian pavilion and restoration of its lake. 

The park is now entering the conference market on the back of a £3m restoration project part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Pavilion will be the main venue for events and has just undergone a £200,000 refurbishment including restoration of original Edwardian features.

The venue, which can accommodate up to 1,000 delegates, is set in 147 acres of parkland, founded by Charles Wicksteed, the inventor of the modern day slide and swing 90 years ago.
The new venture will be run by Wicksteed Park in association with national business development company Unlimited Potential.
Wicksteed Park managing director Alasdair McNee said: “The park is unique in terms of its history and the fact it is run by a registered charity set up to enhance the health and social wellbeing of children of all ages and backgrounds.
“But it is also a great venue for corporate events and teambuilding, including the water chute, which first opened in 1926.”
Wicksteed Park also has its own narrow-gauge railway and a new RUSH zipwire, one of the UK’s tallest and longest with a top speed of 40mph.
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