During a recent holiday to North Norfolk, we enjoyed a lovely family day out at BeWILDerwood. We have been every year for the last 4 years, but it never gets old, the big kid in me loves it there!
BeWILDerwood- a Great Day Out for the Kids and the Big Kids!
If you are ever in Norfolk, then I would definitely recommend a visit to BeWILDerwood. It’s hard to describe it really in a good way. I think I’d describe it as a massive outdoor adventure playground, but it’s much more than that.
This year we went with Nana and Grandad in tow and it was the first time that we have visited in the school holidays. When we arrived the carpark was packed, and I immediately felt that we had made a mistake visiting in high season. However I was very pleasantly surprised. Yes there were more people, but other than the boat ride at the beginning, there were no queues and all the equipment was perfectly accessible.
The journey starts on the boat trip (although you can walk), and a story about the Boggles that live in the marshes, and the Twiggles that live in the trees. There are also other fun characters like the vegetarian Crocklebog, Mildred, that lives in the lake, and the Thornyclod spider amongst others. There are books that are set at BeWILDerwood written by local children’s author Tom Blofeld. On our last visit I bought one, and it’s now one of the kids favourite stories, and I think this heightened the kid’s excitement. They loved seeing the little Boggle houses and Twiggle houses in the trees on the boat ride heading to the start.
The park is in simple terms a large outdoor adventure playground, set in a lovely woodland setting. There are several large climbing structures, with nets, slides and bridges for all the family to enjoy. As well as this there are several Toddlewood areas designed for younger children. My kids at age 4 and 3 get the best of both worlds, old enough (with supervision) for the larger frames, and young enough to still enjoy running around the smaller areas on their own.
There was an area for face painting, mainly just stencils due to the volume of people, but all included within the admission price. Near here was a small stage area where they had several story times, puppet shows and Oliver joined in with Twiggle twirling where the kids were encouraged to use twirlers and percussion instruments along to a short story and some singing.
One of my favourite parts is the Sky maze. It wasn’t there when we first started going, but now it’s my favourite bit. Basically it’s a maze on different levels with ladders, tunnels and walkways between the trees to reach the central summit. We even persuaded Nana and Grandad to come on too, although Nana struggled with the tunnels and her dodgy hip! It’s all very safe, and suitable for young kids as long as they are supervised, and older kids are happy to scale it alone.
In addition to all the climbing equipment there are also zip wires, large (scary!) slides, a small maze, an area where you can build dens with logs (we previously have spent ages doing this but ran out of time this visit), and a craft tent the ‘Big Hat’. There is always a different activity at the Big Hat whenever we come. This time it was making paper windmills for the parade later that day. The kids loved it, they provide all the materials, all included in your admission price, and an area for them to get creative. They even let the adults have a go!
All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our day out, as we always do when we visit BeWILDerwood. This time in particular was more enjoyable as the kids are older and able to use all the facilities, and really love all the characters based at BeWILDerwood. I ended up buying another story book at the gift shop, i’m not sure if it was more for me or the kids?
It is one of my favourite places to visit with the kids, and we will definitely be visiting again.
Have you been before? Whats your BeWILDerwood experience? I’d love to hear your views in the comments!
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