We recently enjoyed an action-packed day at BeWILDerwood, in Horning, near Hoveton in Norfolk. It was just over a 30 minutes scenic drive from our campsite base close to Caister on Sea. The car was full of very excited children, and parents too if we’re honest!
Neither Millie-Mae nor Toby had read any of the BeWILDerwood books, written by local author Tom Blofeld, before visiting. They had seen attraction leaflets and their website and were really keen to visit to learn more. It looked a whole lot of fun, and that’s without knowing the key characters!
The first key point to mention is that they have a HUGE carpark – so no worries about being able to park. You then walk through some ‘photo opportunity’ props until you reach the ticket kiosks.
Here you receive your wrist band and map, and the children were each given a clue sheet. Throughout our adventure we needed to look out for Cupcake Stations. When you find a station, you do a pencil rubbing over a design: there were quite a few to look for.
My eagle-eyed children immediately spotted the shop, which is brightly coloured – and yes, the window designs tempt you inside! But we resisted (until the end) and instead joined the queue at BeWILDerboat Junction. From here we travelled through the Dismal Dyke and into the Scaaaaaaary Lake (where we got off).
A useful information board met us lakeside, from which we could plan our day.
As the following map shows, there’s a lot to get around during your visit. Don’t worry – it IS do-able! But our first port of call was the coffee kiosk (the Cosy Cabin) 🙂
While sitting here, waiting for the super-hot coffee to cool, the children amused themselves by climbing and zip wiring in the Tricky Tunnels. They also found their first Cupcake Station here!
Close to where we were sitting was the Storytelling Stage, and a performance was just about to start. The children were too busy climbing to join in, but us adults enjoyed the show very much! I don’t have a photo to show as it was a very interactive show, so lots of children were on the stage too.
After our coffee the children were keen to do some Den Building. They spent quite a lot of time here, building various dens until they made ones they were happy with.
Next up was the Sky Maze. The adults didn’t join in, so sat in the middle of the fort-like wooden structure while the children tried to find their way out!
After the Sky Maze we took a slow walk back towards the Cosy Cabin for a short rest. And then the children discovered the Wobbly Wires zip wire area. Needless to say we were here for quite some time!
Twiggles and Boggles
Now, from what I understand, Twiggles live up high in the trees, while Boggles live at ground level. As you walk around BeWILDerwood, there is a lovely Twiggle Village up high, and a Boggle Village down low. I loved the little Twiggle houses!
After lots of whizzing down zip lines, the children started to mention (repeatedly) that they were hungry. So we made our way towards the Yummy Yurts, via the Slippery Slopes area. Of course when the children saw the high slides, they temporarily lost their appetite for long enough to ride each slide at least three times each!
With the children distracted on the slides, we had time to find a nice seating area and to see what food was available (as we hadn’t brought a picnic with us). In honesty, we were impressed with both the food options available, and the reasonable prices. The children each had a Munch Box, which contained a roll, crisps, carton drink, biscuit, raisins and a Babybel cheese. We enjoyed our lunch; it was a nice rest.
After (our late) lunch the children headed into the Big Hat craft area. Here they made sashes and crowns using various decorations available. They enjoyed this 🙂 Just outside this area is a lovely play area for younger children. Obviously we didn’t venture into here, but lots of little kids were having lots of fun!
The children wanted to go back on the Slippery Slopes slides, and after this we made our way back towards the lake and towards the exit. Everyone was exhausted from all the sliding, climbing, and zip wiring!
Rather than take the BeWILDerboat, we instead chose to walk the Treacherous Trail, through the Boggle Village and to the Bizarre Bazaar (shop!) Here the children went mad with their GoHenry cards – buying some of the BeWILDerwood books, pens, cups and other themed memorabilia!
As we left, the children handed in their completed stamped Cupcake sheets, and were rewarded with a character badge of their choice. We all had a thoroughly enjoyable day. It was 100% outdoors, which was a nice change. The children were exhausted when we got back to the campsite, and were fast asleep soon after they had dinner!
During our one day at BeWILDerwood, we didn’t get to do everything. We did 90% though, so pretty good going. The children didn’t get time to have their faces painted, nor did we get to spend much time in the Broken Bridge, Muddle Maze and BeWILDerville areas. Both children have now read their books. They really enjoyed the stories, and want to go back for another visit soon 🙂
For more information about BeWILDerwood, please visit their website here.