Whenever possible, we love to take the kids out into the fresh air and give them something cool to see or do. Despite living in Norfolk for a huge chunk of my adult life we’ve never thought to go to one of our most well known local attractions, Bewilderwood. So when we were given the opportunity to go and review the beautiful woodland park, we were very excited!
Bewilderwood is not your average theme park attraction. Hidden away in the depths of the Norfolk forests, Bewilderwood is home to an elaborate collection of treehouses, rope swings, slides and other activities for children to enjoy. Based on a series of children’s books, Bewilderwood is a park threaded with fantastical stories and fairytale magic and as you move around the park you’ll see evidence of this all around you.
Activities are varied but are intended for families to engage together to enjoy the stories and characters of Bewilderwood. On the Scaaary Lake you can take a boat ride to see Mildred the Crocklebog or get lost in the Sky Maze amongst the tiny homes of the Boggles.
We went to Bewilderwood on a lovely hot day. It felt like the sort of weather that really helped show off the beautiful forest setting and the kids were all larking about in shorts and t-shirts. Upon entering the park we were dealt with by very friendly staff with literally no queueing whatsoever. We needed to buy an extra ticket and were able to do this without any fuss whatsoever, before getting the rest of our wristbands and entering the park.
After a few more activities we sat down at one of Bewilderwood’s three eating areas. There are snack bars that serve some food but we did not see any larger dining facilities. That said, it was a hot day and we’d brought our own picnic. For our purposes the facilities were more than acceptable and we found ample space to spread out our things and feed the children.
After lunch we continued our excursion into the park and enjoyed more activities including rope bridges, lots of huge slides and climbing up and around the various treehouses. We also really enjoyed clambering around the Muddlde Maze and propelling ourselves down zip lines.
Altogether we stayed at Bewilderwood for about five hours and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Have a look at the video below for a more in-depth view of our experiences at Bewilderwood.
The most common criticisms often levelled at Bewilderwood are those of cost. The park does not differentiate on age but does have various cost tiers based on height. These will invariably find most tall children paying about the same as an adult. I didn’t find this particularly unreasonable but I can see how it may sometimes be a reasonable cause for complaint, especially with larger groups. I felt that the attractions within and the overall experience we had as a family was really good and would certainly go a long way to justifying the cost.
As regular readers will know, our son Morgan has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) so we always look at things with regard to how his disability is catered for, how a park approaches accessibility and how appropriate the setting is for someone with additional needs.
Bewilderwood does not offer specific concessions or queue-jumping facilities to disabled people. I would absolutely be the first to criticise but first you need to look at the facility overall. Bewilderwood was a calm setting in which Morgan was able to tackle everything at his own speed. There was no loud music or flashing lights anywhere and he was always able to put himself somewhere calming when he needed to. The only part of the visit that Morgan did not take part in was the boat ride and this was the only part of the visit that had a queue. The rest of the park was very accessible to him as a child on the spectrum and he had a lovely time.
For people with more physical disabilities, some good adaptations have been made. Many areas have alternate routes that avoid physically strenuous or wheelchair-inaccessible parts. I would urge visitors in wheelchairs to do some research before attending though. This is a park where the main theme of the activity is to climb ladders and steps into trees, using rope bridges to get between them. Although visitors in wheelchairs can still enjoy the beautiful setting they may find the overall experience somewhat diminished.
Overall we had a great time at Bewilderwood and I would definitely recommend it as an active family day out. Don’t arrive expecting to have an experience fed to you though. Bewilderwood is for those that want to use their imaginations to have great shared experiences in a beautiful setting. Although there is a well stocked gift-shop, the only souvenirs I left with were some great memories and a couple of friction burns where my t-shirt rode up on the big slide. But that’s what happens when a 37 yr old man uses a slide and I shall treasure them.
If you’re thinking of visiting soon, keep in mind that this Father’s Day is BeWilderDad’s Twiggle Treat Day and Dads go FREE! For more information go visit the Twiggles and Boggles at Bewilderwood.co.uk.
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