Review: Bewilderwood - great family fun, with a big dollop of magic

Magical Bewilderwood.

Magical Bewilderwood. - Credit: Archant

We had all ages covered on our visit to BeWILDerwood this weekend - and it’s fair to say that between the one-year-old and the 70-year-old we all had a blast.

The Skymaze, a treetop attraction at Bewilderwood.

The Skymaze, a treetop attraction at Bewilderwood.

The treetop attraction - about 30 minutes from Norwich - is about good old fashioned outdoor fun, with a big dollop of magic. There are rope bridges, zip wires, slides of all gradients. It’s totally a case of acting your shoe size and not your age.

I had high hopes before our visit on Saturday. I’ve had rave reviews from friends and one glance at the website (bewilderwood.co.uk) and it’s obvious they have the brand and the vision nailed. My first correspondence by email was signed Twiggle in the Trees (sometimes known as Karen Martin). I was sold from the start.

The park, which opened in 2007, is based upon a book by Norfolk author Tom Blofeld and features magical creatures who live amongst the Broads - the Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Boggles. Their tiny homes and rope bridges, with stunning attention to detail, are dotted around the bushes. Our children (one, three and five) were captivated.

The story-telling commences from the start with a boat ride introducing Mildred the Crocklebog, who we are told enjoys dancing and wearing tiaras.

Gran having great fun on the zipwire.

Gran having great fun on the zipwire. - Credit: Archant


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Beyond the waterway, there are hidden tree houses and rope bridges to explore. Even our toddler could climb and explore - she had a great time in Toddlewood. We got completely lost in the Maze - which I guess is totally the point! And were beyond impressed when my 70-year-old dad braved the steepest slide.

The girls enjoyed some quiet time in the craft tent and were excited to hear the live story telling. There is also an area for den building and a Make a Wish Bonfire, running for this half term holiday.

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We took our own picnic, but made the most of coffee and cake (ice cream for the children) from the Munch Bar.

If you are debating on a day out this week, consider Bewilderwood. Our whole family had real honest good fun.

The details:

BeWILDerwood

Horning Road,

Hoveton, Norfolk,

NR12 8JW

01692 633033

bewilderwood.co.uk

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