Wicksteed Park Purchase Clown Coaster
Wicksteed Park are confirmed to have invested ÂŁ150,000 in a new Rollercoaster to add to their ride lineup.
The ride, which has been purchased from Pleasure Beach Blackpool, shall be Clown themed. Though Wicksteed are investing ÂŁ150,000, it is reported to have been purchased for a mere ÂŁ20,000, with the aim of spending roughly ÂŁ130,000 on refurbishing it.
“As Wicksteed Park prepares for its 90th summer season, the amusement park has invested in a new rollercoaster to keep crowds coming all year round. The Evening Telegraph can exclusively reveal the park is splashing out ÂŁ150,000 on the new â€śClown Coasterâ€ť, which managers expect will be its number two attraction when it opens at Halloween.
Managing director John Roberts said: â€śYounger children will absolutely love it.â€ť
And families looking for a new attraction need not wait until October as the Kettering parkâ€™s summer season will open this Saturday with another new feature – an ice rink. Located in the dome at the fairground area which used to house the laser tag, the imitation rink will provide all the glide of real ice but without the cold.
Mr Roberts said: â€śIâ€™m really excited. I have been on the synthetic ice and itâ€™s just like real ice except you donâ€™t get cold and wet when you fall over.â€ť
He said the surface was 90 per cent as fast as real ice.
The new clown-themed junior rollercoaster, which is about the same size as the parkâ€™s Ladybird Coaster, was previously used at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Wicksteed bought it for a bargain price of ÂŁ20,000, but will spend ÂŁ130,000 refurbishing it before a grand unveiling during the October half-term break.
Operations manager Michael Bush said: â€śThe big roller coaster will always be number one â€“ we take over 200,000 people a season on that â€“ but the Clown Coaster will be a close second or third.â€ť Situated in the fairground area, the Clown Coaster will be the parkâ€™s only rollercoaster to open all year. Both the big roller coaster and the Ladybird Coaster close with all of the arena rides at the end of the summer.
Mr Roberts hopes to boost the park as a year-round destination and has plans to turn the arcade into a winter attraction with indoor facilities. â€śItâ€™s a lovely place to come in the summer. Thereâ€™s nowhere nicer to come to on a nice day”. “But when it comes to October and the nights draw in we have struggled to know what we can put in to get people in on half term.â€ť
The park, which opened on May 14, 1921, will celebrate different decades of its 90-year history each month this summer.”