Wicksteed Park

Wicksteed Park is an unusual combination of a public country park and paying attraction, which has enabled it to survive substantially intact since its opening in 1921. The park has many layers of significance, including its place in the development of the public park  and its early role in promoting healthy outdoor activities, however its greatest significance is its unique role in the development of children’s play, based on Charles Wicksteed’s pioneering ethos of adventurous recreation and his international recognition in the provision for play. 

We provided an illustrated analysis of its changes over time and proposals for the phased conservation of the buildings and enhancements of the landscape, in support of applications for HLF funding.

Photos: Wicksteed Park Archive

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