Timberplay adds water for summer fun at historic park

Wicksteed Park is providing respite from the heat with new waterplay and sandplay equipment supplied by children's play specialists Timberplay.

Wicksteed Park. Image: Timberplay
Wicksteed Park. Image: Timberplay

Established in 1921, the 147acre park was the first dedicated children's play park in the UK.

An extensive sand play area now includes cranes, chutes, tippers, platforms and cranes, perfect for transportation play. It is also the site of the first AQuadrat in the UK, a flexible modular waterplay system made from solid oak timber, with mushroom pump and metal gutters.

Director Alasdair McNee said: "Since its inception, Wicksteed has been about delivering the best in childrens play – inspiring children to get out and enjoy the park by providing specialist equipment specifically for children. Over the years the park has evolved, adding varied play equipment, roller coasters and rides to complement the tranquillity of the historic park.

"This new addition is extremely popular and has been mobbed since it opened, with children, parents and carers camping out for the day. We have many and varied play opportunities throughout the park, but waterplay was one thing we knew would be a very popular addition with our users – and that has certainly been proved to be the case."

Wicksteed attracts 350,000 visitors per year and is free to enter. There are a number of paid for attractions, but the water and sand play is free for all park users.

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