If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise…
No, not a teddy bears’ picnic but an enchanted land full of Twiggles and Boggles deep in the land of Bewilderwood in Norfolk. It’s a theme park with a difference and as we were heading over for a break on the Norfolk Broads, I knew we needed to check it out.
Before you even enter, the magic begins. There are twisted trees and signs setting the scene and then you have the choice of walking over the bridge or a taking a boat ride into the heart of the park. Now, we got there before the park opened and there was already a queue which we waited in for about 30 minutes so it can be much quicker to walk, especially in school holidays. I would still recommend taking the boat though as the children loved it, there is some storytelling on the way and it is a lovely start to the adventure.
Bewilderwood is based on the books of the same name and the story of Swampy the marsh boggle. You don’t need to have read them though and even if your kids are not interested in the story side of things, they will still love how much there is to see and do. When you step off the boat to the minute you leave it is just go-go-go!
There are lots of little touches all around the woods from quirky signs, to boggle villages and twiggle houses up in the trees. But the most refreshing thing is the fact that it is an antidote to most theme parks. They are no bright flashing lights, annoying music or plastic spinning things. Everything is made of natural materials and built into the environment around it.
There are many walkways up between the trees, slides, zipwires, swings and even a sky maze. It is a nonstop adventure and you need to bring a lot of energy with you! I think it would have been better for slightly older children – some of it was a bit much for a 5 and 3 year old. They did have some lovely touches though like a couple of toddler sections and a zip wire made out of a baby swing so you could safely whizz little ones down it.
There is a also a great interactive storytelling stage where shows take place three times a day and free facepainting which was a nice touch – although expect a bit of a wait. I love how much the day encouraged children to forget about modern enternatinment and get back to basic fun. They even had a craft corner and another area where you could simply make dens out of piles of large sticks.
Food wise, there were a few different outlets but also lots of benches and logs where you could sit and have a picnic which is always a good way to keep costs down and cater for allergies. Happily, we were all able to enjoy a treat as they had tubs of Booja Booja dairy free ice cream, which went down very well with Miss A!
Ticket price is worked out by height but for two adults and two children over 105cm it costs £66, which is line with most other attractions and you can easily spend all day there. The only downside of Bewilderwood is that there are no inside facilties so if it rains, you are going to be get a bit soggy! However, if the sun shines and you fancy a different kind of adventure, the woods are waiting…
*Disclosure: We were provided with complimentary tickets in return for our honest review. All opinions and photos are our own.