On Saturday we took a little trip to Norfolk to try out BeWILDerwood, we drove past it everyday when we stayed at Hall Farm Cottages in Ludham and we have been desperate to go since then. The weather looked dry and mild on Saturday so we knew it was the right time to go. BeWilderwood is in Hoveton, very near Wroxham, it’s a lovely area if you are planning a holiday as there is so much to do.
We had an amazing time. Someone once told us that it’s not a great place for families with smaller children but with ours (6 and 4 years old) it was perfect. They were able to go on everything and enjoyed absolutely every centimetre of the tree house wonderland.
The best way to see how much fun we had and explore the forest is by watching the video of our fun day. It captures everything from the beginning to the end, not forgetting the awesome vertical drop slides:
What can you expect in the adventure park?
We arrived in the car park and walked through the admission gates to be greeted by a teeny queue and a boat. It was such a nice surprise, who doesn’t love a little boat trip? On the way to the park, we learnt all about the little creatures of BeWILDerwood. Did you know that it all originates from a book that is written by Tom Blofeld, who lives near the forest? It made me love the place more knowing that, what a fabulous idea to bring a book to life.
Stepping off the boat it was like we entered a little tree house village. We loved it. Tree houses, connected with drawbridges and ending in slides. Parks for the tots, parks for the older ones and some fabulous park areas for children with disabilities. It was really well done and there seemed to be something for everyone.
At one end of the forest, there is a sky maze, den building area and a tunnel park. The den building area is self explanatory, I hope! The sky maze is a large fortress that you enter in one way and have to find your way to the top, and then the way out. It was so much fun as it took us about 45 minutes to work it out. We kept giggling as we went round in circles at one point. We worked together as a family to find the way out. It was great fun.
In the middle of the park there is the story telling area, face painting hut, snack shack and a park for the smaller ones. Next to this is one of the larger tree houses, with a couple of slides at the end. We didn’t know about the vertical slides at this point and even these smaller slides seemed thrilling. I love the foot sacks supplied at every slide. We have had problems with trainers pulling feet and hurting ankles with Noah in the past, so I was pleasantly surprised to see they had thought about people’s safety in this way.
Just on from there you will find the “mudlde maze“, the “witches” tree house and the zip wires. Then our favourite bit: the slides! Three slides, two were vertical drops (think Oblivion) and one was slightly less steep. I couldn’t believe it, the kids went on all of them without any fear. Straight down! I was right behind them, so of course had to follow. Mind over matter and all that – whoosh! It was so much fun.
Next to the slides area there is a big tent full of crafting fun (we made wish whirlers) and there is the munch bar where we had a lovely hot lunch and another park area. Right by the seating area there is a place to make a boggle wish too. You write your wish on a piece of paper and put it into a glittery fur cone. Then push it down a tunnel on to a fire, whilst making a wish. Ta-da! Such a lovely idea. Isla and Noah made about 2,369 wishes in total.
When we had done everything, we went back and did our favourite bits again, yes the slides. There were no queues for anything, it was wonderful to just get on the different activities and walk around at our leisure.
We arrived at 11am and got back to the car around 4:45pm, it was a jam packed day of outdoor, tree topping fun and we all left with huge smiles on our faces. It was a great day and a fun way to spend time with your loved ones too.
How much are tickets for BeWILDerwood?
You can buy BeWILDerwood tickets online, the tickets range from day passes to annual passes and you can even buy birthday tickets. On Saturday a little 7 year old girl had her birthday party at the park and it looked like so much fun. They had a dedicated member of staff to make sure they were having fun, there are birthday yurts where you can eat lunches and every time we saw them they were full of smiles. It’s a fabulous idea and definitely inspired us for Isla’s birthday in a few years time.
2017 admission prices are below:
On the day/Over the phone
Born to BeWILD (Under 92cm) Free
Almost WILD (92-105cm) £14.50
BeWILD Now (over 105cm) £16.50
Used to BeWILD (65 years+) £9.50
Online Advanced (up to the night before)
Born to BeWILD (Under 92cm) Free
Almost WILD (92-105cm) £13.50
BeWILD Now (over 105cm) £15.50
Used to BeWILD (65 years+) £8.50
Isla is just 105cm’s and was able to go on everything: including the slides / zip wire and the high tree top houses. I cannot recommend this adventure park enough, I think our big smiles say it all. For some fabulous deals and information on special school holiday activities check out BeWILDerwood on social media: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
My favourite photos from BeWILDerwood