Recruitment drive under way for Northamptonshire theme park

High flier...Wicky Bear beside the nearly completed zipwire at Wicksteed Park. (NT PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)
High flier...Wicky Bear beside the nearly completed zipwire at Wicksteed Park. (NT PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

One of the biggest annual recruitment drives in Northamptonshire began at the weekend, offering about 150 people the chance to work at Wicksteed Park.

And this year, the park, in Kettering, is encouraging applications from older people, giving those who have grown up knowing the park and its history the chance to work there too.

For nearly 100 years, children and families have been visiting Wicksteed Park, thought to be the second oldest amusement park in the UK. It was created by Charles Wicksteed as part of his vision to inspire and encourage play and outdoor exercise as part of families’ health and well-being.

While the gates are open all year round, the rides and attractions only open from the spring. That requires a major recruitment drive to bring in the required full and part time staff before the season officially opens on Saturday, March 28.

Application forms are now available to download from the park’s website – www.wicksteedpark.org – ahead of a selection process in the coming weeks.

Many of those who fill the temporary placements each year are students and some will do three or four years in a row or stay on and become full members of staff.

Managing director Alasdair McNee said: “As soon as we close for the season we start thinking about the following year and we have been planning for this summer for a long time now.

“For 2015 there are plans for a new lakeside play feature built out of natural stone, a new indoor play area, a sand and water play area, a walk-through aviary and a new covered drop slide.”