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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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Open: 28 March - 31 October

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 36 Reviews
              7/10 from 36 Reviews


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Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jonesfamily5 1 review from this member

Our group of 12 adults, 15 under seven year olds, 2 dogs and 1 teenager have just returned from a lovely long weekend camping here. We arrived early Friday morning and picked a spot at the top of the huge, sloping, un-marked site. The fact that we could create a mini 6 tent village was perfect, meaning we could all sit in the middle in the evenings safely in view and in earshot of our sleeping children.

The site filled gradually throughout the weekend and was very busy by Saturday afternoon. We saw a 'security' truck buzzing around with flashing lights on a couple of times, it would have been nice to see them late evening to remind people to keep noise down but to be quiet honest it wasn't needed. There were only a few up after midnight and they were very quiet.

The toilets were really nice. Obviously you will get muddy foot prints and grass - it's a campsite - but overall the block was clean and the family showers are an absolute dream for us with three young kids. I was shocked and disappointed at there being only two dish washing basins though! There are bins everywhere and the wardens drove around handing out bin liners to us all to put our rubbish in, which was great, but we still had a couple of wasp stings which I guess is inevitable.

Wicksteed Park itself is good. The walk around the lake is lovely, and it worth getting bitten by midges for the view across to the campsite at sundown. There are a number of free play areas including the sand and water section which was superb. The park itself has a number of rides which work out quite expensive if you buy tickets, but with three children we didn't know whether the wristbands would be worth it. Having now seen the whole park and the discovered that virtually EVERY ride (including a walk through aviary!) requires tickets/wristband, I think, if we do come again, we will bite the bullet, buy three wrist bands and get as much in as possible. Despite the park being very busy, the queue time seems relatively low - possibly due to the cost and I imagine that the kids with wristbands could go on rides all day long.

There is a chip shop, co-op, Tesco, McDonalds, Frankie & Benny's, Nandos etc all close by, and the town centre is only 10 minute drive away - Sports Direct was very useful for the football that we forgot and Halfords has camping equipment too.

Overall 8/10. Would we come again, possibly. Would I recommend it to others, definitely.

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Carolanddee 2 reviews from this member

What a fabulous site. Close to Alton Towers and the beautiful Derbyshire Dales. Lots to do and see in the area. The site was green lush and very well kept. Toilet washing up and shower block was immaculate.

We had a warm welcome and enjoyed a peaceful stay, the weather was fantastic but of course you can't book that. We'll definitely be back.

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 12 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.

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