Looking for a day out that is fun for all the family? Then head to BeWILDerwood – a wonderfully magical outdoor forest adventure park in Hoveton, Norfolk. BeWILDerwood brings a sense of mystical fantasy to the Norfolk Broads, which is the setting for the book, ‘A Boggle at BeWILDerwood’ by local children’s author Tom Blofeld.
Today we went to BeWILDerwood for the first time, and I’m really wondering now why I’ve never taken the children before! The adventure park is just over an hour away from home, but so worth the journey. We arrived nice and early and had no trouble parking thanks to a large car park at the entrance.
Once inside, we had a short wait for a BeWILDer boat, the boat took us from the main entrance to the start of our mystical trail. This is the first time Mia and Theo had ever been on a boat – they were super excited! The driver of the boat told us stories of witches and troll’s and introduced us to Mildred The Crocklebog. He was super friendly and couldn’t help but giggle at Theo’s insistent chatter.
We came off the boat, with two hyperactive children in tow, and made our way toward’s the start of magical adventure. Despite being set in a forest, the pathway’s were smooth and clear. I was amazed, at every twist and turn we found different equipment to climb on, walk across and jump over. There were so many wobbly bridge’s to teeter across, slide’s in height’s suitable for a variety of ages, and zip wire’s for the young thrill seekers and the old.
If your little one’s are anything like mine, then they must LOVE having their face painted. This can often come at a cost, so I was thrilled when we came across a hut offering FREE face-painting. The two girl’s doing the face painting were kind and approachable and had no concerns when I asked them to use a clean sponge for Theo’s face due to his sensitive skin.
With Halloween approaching fast, BeWILDerwood have launched ‘The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade’ which is running from Saturday 15th October until Sunday 30th October. The whole park is decorated in spooky decorations, and you can listen to the special edition Bewilderbat’s storytelling before making spooky lantern’s ready for the light parade at dusk. All of these activities are included in the ticket price – parent’s, rejoice!
We had great fun spotting all the seasonal decoration’s and myself and Mia thoroughly enjoyed making our spooky lantern together. Unfortunately we could not stay for the parade but we made sure we took our lantern home to hang outside on the night of Halloween.
The children didn’t stop all day, whenever I turned around they were clambering over something or climbing up to another brightly coloured tree-house to explore. I barely managed to get them to sit still enough for lunch!
I was pleasantly surprised when we stopped at the Munch Bar, one of three places to eat at BeWILDerwood, the area was clean and warm and nearly all food sold at BeWILDerwood is sourced from local farmers, veggie growers and small local businesses. Those with special dietary requirements need not shy away, as the Munch Bar Ice Cream Shack menu had a special section for those with diet restrictions. I was chuffed to bits to see ‘Dairy & Gluten Free Ice Cream’, ‘Nut Free Ice Cream’ and ‘Diabetic Ice Cream’ listed. Unfortunately, the dairy and gluten free option was soya based, so Theo could not enjoy. But for those with less complicated dietary restrictions, BeWILDerwood is the place for you.
Head to Hoveton for hours of mystical family fun – you won’t regret it!
A few other pictures from our day –
The team at BeWILDerwood provided us with 4 tickets in return for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own.