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Horning Road, Hoveton, Wroxham, NR12 8JW
Telephone: 01692 633033
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BeWILDerwood is a magical world where you can take lazy boat rides across the Scaaaaary Lake, cross jungle bridges, visit treehouses, whizz down the Wobbly Wires, get befuddled in the marvellous Mudddle Maze, build dens with bracken and sticks and dress up and join in with the enchanting daily storytelling - we are a world with more than a sprinkling of fairy dust for the whole family.
A wonderful family day out where mums, dads and grandparents can play alongside their children, running, jumping and swinging.
Facilities inc- Toilets, plenty of places to buy & eat food, disabled facilities and baby changing. Breastfeeding is actively supported.
We also have extra special events for bank holidays, Mothers Day and Fathers Day with activities and festivities. Check out our listings on Mumsnet Norfolk to find out more.
Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.
Mumsnet's visit to BeWILDerwood came at a point when school holidays were wearing a little thin and a spell of torrential July rain had left everyone squabbly and stir crazy. As the Norfolk sun finally returned we arrived at “The Curious Treehouse Adventure” and were immediately transported to an Enid Blyton style Enchanted Forest full of woodland magic, secret hidey-holes, treetop walkways and slippery-slips.
BeWILDerwood is no ordinary theme park – beautifully designed in keeping with it's natural surroundings, the zip wires, log dens and timber tunnels blend into the Norfolk countryside in a way that surely only the pixie-esque “Twiggles” that you learn about could have built themselves. (The children loved spotting little houses amongst the branches and stood for some time “waiting” just in case a tiny gnome-like being were to appear at his window.)
The Sky Maze is a stunning wooden creation of ½km of walkways on many levels, a grand design that even Kevin McCloud would be in awe of. It took us some time to navigate our way around – we really could not find our way out! (Don't wear white trousers on this day out – you will find yourself crawling through tunnels encountering other equally bamboozled families; BeWILDerwood is not a day out where the kids explore and the parents sit and watch - oh no; very few days out see adults shinning down a fireman's pole for the first time in 25 years or more!
We loved that fact the unlike at other attractions and days out, at BeWILDerwood there is NO smell of greasy food frying, no noisy rides, no electronics (even the mobile phone signals seem to mysteriously disappear the deeper you are drawn into the Boggles marshy world), no litter or dirt and we even, for some reason, only seemed to encounter nice friendly families.
Quality healthy food is available – a good range of child-friendly fresh looking sandwiches was on sale, plus carrot sticks, fruit and tasty looking muffins and other snacks. The Twiggle Team are on hand to offer help in an unobtrusive way at the top of the slides and zip wires (they even bring the zip wire back up for you over and over again so parents don't have to do it!). The activities are suitable for a wide range of ages – even toddler seats on some of the smaller zip wires.
Highlights for us were definitely the triple slide (especially the comical expressions on adults' faces as they hurtle down looking appropriately “bewildered”), and the fantastic Parasquawk Party Parade, although it is a shame this only takes place once a day at 3pm when some families with young children may already have departed – it really should not be missed! Children can get their faces painted or make hats to become even more absorbed into the entrancing elfin world.
Thanks to BeWILDerwood for a magical day out in the enchanted wood – in the words of one energetic 7 year old boy who definitely wants to come back soon, it was “climby, swingy, slidey, tree-y and gobliny.”
Editor – Mumsnet Norfolk
Another Mumsnetter had this to say about Bewilderwood-
Amazing breath of fresh air. I had my god-children with us for the holidays and ALL the attractions we had been too that fortnight were electronic, flashy lights, noisy... and the trips to the beach were wearing thin.
Bewilderwood is amazing to look at - tiny Twiggle (elf?) houses perched in the trees, daft signs, interactive storytelling where the kids were invited to dress up and get on stage, a Crocklebog lurking in the lake... All with huge trees towering over it, so pretty sheltered even when it rained at lunch.
Then there was all sorts of outdoor fun - huge tree houses linked by high up walkways and bridges, big slides, zip wires, and smaller version for the toddler with us, though he was allowed on most of the bigger things too. One patch was set aside for them to build their own tree houses (well, log lean-to's) and they spent their last hour there (toddler fell asleep in it).
Us grown-ups absolutely loved it too- it was such a magical but natural environment, made me all nostalgic for the Enid Blyton Faraway Tree books I worshipped as a kid. We hadn't read the Bewilderwood books (the park was based on them I think) - it seems local kids often get them to read in school - but even without that the kids, aged 3, 7 and 11 stayed and played all day.
We upgraded to a season ticket as after 3 visits, the ticket for the whole year had paid for itself. And we went twice that week and will when they are back in summer.
Definitely a place to go, just amazing.
A really fun place with a lovely mix of physical stuff (zip wires, playground) and imaginative, explor-y stuff (boat rides, spotting the Twiggles' houses). And best of all, from our point of view, a brilliant wood full of logs and big branches, where you can run around building dens, and generally going native, for hours!
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