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    by sourbugger Updated Aug 12, 2009

    As 'Theme parks' go Wicksteed park is something of an oddball.

    To begin with it is aimed at the younger end of the market with only a couple of rides for teenagers and above only.

    Secondly, it is is owned by a charitable trust rather than a mega-corporation. This stems from the founder who wanted in 1913 to create a park for the local people. The present management stick to this policy by providing a large free playground ride area open all year at the entrance to the park. Wicksteed used to also be a manufacturing company of playground equipment. They used to try out their products here. They still exist as a company but I guess it is all made in China now (much like everything else). My mother can remember from her childhood being excited by the enourmously high slides there. Nowadays, of course, such thrills can's be permitted - it's all rubber matted and low-rise.

    Thirdly, it is perfectly OK to just wander around the park. With a thirty acre lake and a selection of wildfowl it is quite a relaxing thing to do - if you like that sort of thing. You can pay to go on a ride or buy a wristband to go on everything.

    Lastly Wicksteed park has a good deal of theme-park history to it. Two of the oldest rides are still the most popular rides in operation. The steam train trundles around a loop of the park every quarter of an hour or so and the Watershute still plunges into the lake. This wonderful old structure dates from the 1920's. The 'boat' drops down a runway and splashes into the water creating a huge wave as it does. In the old days (even I remember this) they used to haul it half way back up and let it go again, as if the rope had snapped. It's a pity that little touch has gone. It's fun, but would nowadays struggle to thrill a three-year-old.

    It would be fair to say that the rest of the rides are pretty ordinary fairground cast-offs, but if you have a young family Wicksteed can make for a good day out - especially if you bring a BBQ and strap Grandma to the watershute seat with superglue.

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  • by dancingcrone Updated Feb 14, 2007

    Don't know if this is the right category, but anyway it's Thai. This is by far the best restaurant in Kettering. We have had consistently good food there, and bearing in mind the position, which is poor, the numbers of customers must attest to word of mouth recommendation.

    Favorite Dish: Sizzling lamb fillet grilled with honey and peppercorn sauce.
    This is so good, I have difficulty choosing other things to try. Tender lamb beautifully cooked.

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