The Best Hotels to Book Near Wicksteed Park

With the dozens of rides and activities at Wicksteed Park, opt for an overnight stay nearby
With the dozens of rides and activities at Wicksteed Park, opt for an overnight stay nearby | © Geoffrey Robinson / Alamy Stock Photo
Culture Trip Travel Team

You can ride a toy train, zoom down a water chute, paddle on a lake and hug Wicky, the giant bear mascot, among the many other activities at Wicksteed Park. This popular family attraction in Kettering turned 100 years old in 2021 and with its dozens of rides and things to do, you may want to spend the night nearby in one of these top hotels, all bookable with Culture Trip today.

1. Barton Hall Hotel

Hotel

Barton Hall Hotel
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Heritage England has taken a keen interest in the Barton Hall Hotel, granting the 16th-century building Grade II-listed status – and its Orangery building, with its ornate floor-to-ceiling windows, a Grade I listing. Converted into a contemporary hotel, each room is individually designed, with a delicate blend of textures, patterns and warm colours including mauve and teal, alongside earth tones. A full English breakfast is included in the room rates.

2. Kettering Park Hotel and Spa

Spa Hotel

Kettering Park Hotel & Spa
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For an extra slice of relaxation near Wicksteed Park, try the Kettering Park Hotel and Spa, where you’ll find an elegant indoor swimming pool, a steam room and a fitness centre. The zoned standard rooms feel almost like suites and include a comfortable bed, workspace, sofa and coffee table. A pillow menu is a neat touch, allowing you to select your preferred kind of pillow, ensuring you get the best night’s rest possible.

3. Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa

Spa Hotel, Luxury

Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa
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Book Rushton Hall to really push your stay in this corner of Northamptonshire to the extremes of indulgence and luxury. Built in the 1400s, the building is a fine example of Jacobean architecture, with a long arcade at the front. Rooms contain nods to the building’s history, such as antique coffee tables, gilt-edged mirrors and embroidered cushions. A popular activity at Rushton Hall is taking the traditional afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches, scones, preserves and clotted cream.

4. Hawthorn House Hotel

Hotel

Hawthorn House Hotel
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Are you looking to stay in Kettering Town during your trip to Wicksteed Park? Hawthorn House Hotel is a homely, family-run accommodation with a welcoming atmosphere. The rooms are quaintly decorated and contain wooden bedsteads and a small fridge. Some rooms contain red velvet curtains and prints of artworks by eminent painters such as Van Gogh. The common areas are filled with antiques and curios from around the world, including an ornate gong.

5. The Woolpack Inn Islip

Pubs with Rooms

The Woolpack Inn Islip
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Drive 8mi (13km) east of Wicksteed Park, and you’ll find a handsome pub in the village of Islip. The Woolpack Inn is an inviting, traditional pub with 10 guest rooms in the annexe buildings behind. The unassuming rooms, decorated with a purple, grey and wood-tone palette, are clean and comfortable, with a small desk space and chair, a kettle and en-suite bathrooms. Pub grub is served in the inn, alongside a selection of beers, wines and spirits.

6. The Swallows Rest Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast

The Swallows Rest Bed & Breakfast
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Set amidst the pastoral scenes of a quaint English village is the Swallows Rest Bed and Breakfast. This is the ideal base for exploring local attractions such as Wicksteed Park or Rockingham Castle, thanks to the boutique-style accommodation with modern, tiled bathrooms, underfloor heating, rainfall showers, floral wallpaper and warm lighting. Some rooms also include a lovely antique writing desk. A delicious cooked breakfast is included in the room fee.

7. Pear Tree Farm

Bed and Breakfast, Farm

Peartree Farm
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To get the experience of staying on a working farm, try Pear Tree Farm B&B, a traditional grey stone farmhouse, surrounded by fields and lakes in the Nene Valley. Split between cattle and arable crops, guests are welcome to wander the farm’s fields and watch the day-to-day operations of the business. Home-cooked meals are available here, with a full English breakfast included each morning. The seven rooms feel more like a home than an ordinary hotel stay.

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