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Visitor Reviews - Wicksteed Park

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Wicksteed Park
Barton Road
Kettering
Northamptonshire   (Browse area)
NN15 6NJ   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01536 512475

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Nearby:
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Pitches: 200
Open: 28 May - October

Rating: Average Review Score: 6/10 from 34 Reviews
              6/10 from 34 Reviews


Units accepted:    Tents  Caravans  Motorhomes  Statics on Sale 

Reviews:  34 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Aahbarnes 10 reviews from this member

We stayed here over a busy July weekend where there was a lot going on in the park. The Citroen and Nissan car clubs had events taking place, there were a lot of other campers too. We arrived at around 7:30 on the Friday evening, the reception was closed but we were able to drive onto the camping field with no problems. There are no marked pitches, the area around the circumference of the field was already full. We pitched further in where there was plenty of space, we were also about 30 seconds walk from the shower block.

The field is sloping, we tried to find as flat an area as possible because of this, it didn't prove to be a huge problem. The grass was well kept and there were plenty of rubbish bins dotted around which were emptied about twice a day by a wicksteed park pickup truck.

OK, let's cut to the chase. Our first night's sleep was ruined by other noisy campers. Right up until 1am kids were running around screaming (our kids were tucked up by 9 by the way!). Someone decided to start their car engine at around 2 am and at 3 am some lads decided to chase each other around the field shouting 'BOO'. Not great. The silence after 10pm rule needs to be publicised and enforced.

OK, the shower block. Well it could be a really nice experience, it's very new, bright and airy, but sadly it was filthy. OK, the dirt and grass on the floor can't really be helped, but those toilets need a real thorough clean. The hinges on the seat and the area underneath hadn't had a proper clean for a while. There are no mops, or toilet brushes around for campers to clean up after themselves, not like many campsites these days. The other problem was that some of the basin taps only produced a trickle of water.

The washing up facilities are fine, but there are only 2 sinks! There were queues of around 20 minutes at peak times to wash your dishes. Not good enough. Similar campsites of this size have 8 or 10 washing up sinks.

For 20 a night, I would have expected clean facilities and to be able to wash up without queuing.

On the positive side, the field had plenty of space for games and for my daughter to ride around on her bike. Wicksteed park itself was great for the children, they loved it!

I probably would visit again, at least I know what to expect this time. Maybe I'll bring a mop.

Date of Visit: May 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Oldmike32 1 review from this member

This was our first time camping and we chose wickstead park as we have family in the area. We were very impressed at the size of the field and we could pitch our tent anywhere and there was plenty of room for the children to play. The toilets were very clean and constantly checked and stocked. The wash up area was clean. The children's play area was ideal for the children to use without having to pay for the rides. We will definitely be revisiting

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Thereluctantcamper 1 review from this member

Jubliee weekend - stayed 2 nights - Saturday & Sunday with 2 other families. Rained all day Sunday but field not too soggy. Toilet block kept clean and warm. Visited the on-site restaurant Sunday evening for some good value, tasty pub grub. They don't do puddings but kids had an ice-lolly from the freezer so they were happy. Children had a fantastic time (weather permitting) on all the rides. There was a hen-party on site but I wasn't aware of any problems with them. Some people had camped right down the bottom field and drove dangerously fast as they went too and fro. 2 gripes - 'hot' water for washing-up needs to be (a lot) hotter. A freezer for ice-packs would be a most welcome addition.

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Gloucester 11 reviews from this member

We visited over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend.

The site was very quiet - the forecast wasn't great! Many people left over the course of Sunday due to the heavy rain.

The field did get a bit boggy and muddy (36 hours continual heavy rain), but these sections were quickly marked off so people didn't drive through them.

I only used the toilet block to go to the loo / brush teeth, but it seemed nice and warm and bright. It was clean and tidy at all times.

The washing up area didn't have constant hot water - take a washing up bowl to catch it when it's there! But was clean and tidy.

Checking in to the site was quick and painless.

We were allowed to pitch anywhere we wanted, and formed a group with other family members.

There was a hen party there the same weekend so careful about where you pitch if these groups are allowed in.

Bins were emptied very regularly and placed near groups - amazing service.

There is a lake close by to the camping field which you can access easily. Amazing with older children, I might have worried about a younger toddler.

My only gripe would be that there is no playground close to the camping field. The big playground in the park is a good 10 minutes walk away and was locked up on one of the nights (at about 9pm) so there was little for the kids to do. Not sure what time it was locked from.

Would definitely go back in sunnier weather. Wasn't so great in pouring rain. Remember to swap your Tesco clubcard vouchers to themepark vouchers.

KidsPlay in Kettering is a great soft play centre (we had kids aged 4-14) for a wet day.

Date of Visit: May 2012 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Heidibear 9 reviews from this member

We stayed here for a VW Campervan (California) meet and found the rally field to be an excellent location.

There is a new shower block with more than enough facilities. Very clean and the head groundsman was very on the ball.

The field was well drained, even with all the rain!

Friendly staff and the town was a 30 minute walk away where our friends found the local Wetherspoons!

The site is actually inside the park and you can hear the rides going during the day and the children enjoying themselves.

The circus was there whilst we were there but unfortunately we didn't go.

Excellent weekend had by all.

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: BadBoyBushy 12 reviews from this member

We stayed for 1 weekend (Friday to Sunday) in July 2011 in a caravan.

The whole site is on a gradual incline so levelling boards were required. We found the camp site to have clean modern facilities, with plenty of water taps sited around the site, however there are no electric hook up points.

The toilet block became very crowded and had long queues in the morning as there are only about 6 showers in both the men's and ladies. There are also family rooms available. The toilet/wash room was kept stocked with toilet rolls and was kept very clean. However in my opinion the site could do with another shower block further down the field for use in peek season to avoid the queues I experienced.

Dogs are allowed on the site, and are subject to the normal camp site rules. Mine thoroughly enjoyed himself.

The cost per night for our unit (up to 20' or 6M) was 20 which we found quite expensive, however if you off set the 6 parking charge that the public have to pay per day @ 14 per unit per night it wasn't that bad.

Would I go there again? - Yes I would, but only for a short stay, not a weeks holiday

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