This coming weekend, between the 20th and the 22nd July sees the Saab Owners Club of Great Britain hold their national event.
Many hundreds of Saabs are expected to join in the fun with both weekend and day visitors welcome.
A few words from the Chairman, Mike Philpott.
The National 201220 – 22 July 2012
Wicksteed Park, Kettering, Northants
Our National event this year takes on a completely new theme.
This will be the event with something for everyone within this beautiful 147 acre park which includes a traditional fairground, theme park rides, a steam train & even fishing in the large lake.
There will be two full days of activities so there is something for everyone.
Wicksteed Park, as well as having rides and attractions, is also an English Heritage Grade II Listed Park and Garden.
The grounds and gardens of Wicksteed Park cover 147 acres, and includes:
The Wicksteed Railway
Large Free Playground
Smaller free playground and sandpit area
The Pavilion (largest events venue in the county)
Sunken Memorial Garden (location of Charles Wicksteed memorial)
Tree lined walks
Nature Trail & Arboretum
BBQ & Picnic Areas
Founded by Charles Wicksteed, the inventor of Children’s play, Wicksteed Park combines the excitement of rollercoasters, rides and attractions with the tranquillity of the historic grade II country park.
With rides ranging from the Pirate Ship to Rocky Falls log flume, there is plenty to keep you and your family entertained! If you are looking for a more relaxing experience, there is the nature reserve and 147 acres of beautiful parkland.
We won’t go hungry either as there are no less than 8 different food outlets from simple take-aways to sit down restaurants. We have also arranged for the Bistro restaurant to be open for us on Friday and Saturday evening or if you prefer just fire up that BBQ on your camping pitch.
Of course, we are not forgetting that, on top of all this, we will have our normal National activities such as the displays & competitions so our Saabs will still be the focal point.
So if you want to join us for the whole weekend or just for Saturday or Sunday the choice is yours.
If you want an action packed weekend or just chill out we will have it all.
Although the deadline for camping has long gone day visitors are all most welcome. You can pay the Wicksteed entrance cost at their gatehouse and then our small event fee as you enter the Event field.
Finally, I am delighted to add that Erik Carlsson has accepted our invitation to join us on the Sunday to help us with the Best Car competition and prize giving. He says that he is looking forward to seeing you all.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Rocky River Falls
Honey Pot Bears
A range of games
This area includes a range of traditional fairground rides:
Double Pirate Ship
Panning for Gold
Cups & Saucers
The Free Playground
Wicksteed Park has one of the biggest and best playgrounds in Europe!
The Playground was first developed by Charles Wicksteed in 1917 when he decided that he would use his engineering company to manufacture park seats and playground equipment. The manufacture of the Park seats and equipment proved to be so popular that he went on to provide this equipment to Parks all over the world – in doing so making the Wicksteed name of Kettering famous.
In recent years over £250,000 has been invested on a huge variety of themed play areas – swings, see-saws, climbing frames, adventure modules and activities – all designed to keep the kids happily and safely entertained for hours!
Large & Small Lake Boats
Mr Wicksteed’s Veteran Cars
Sandpit otherwise known as ‘Wicksteed on Sea’
Please following this link to the SOC website..