A magical day at BeWILDerwood [Norfolk 2018]

I’ve always wanted to explore the North Norfolk coast, so when we found ourselves with a week off during the school Easter holidays, I hit google to find us a holiday cottage for a mini-break.  Of course, I’d left it very late, and was worried we wouldn’t find anywhere on the coast – but was thrilled when I found availability at Weybourne holiday cottages.  We found ourselves with a comfortable cottage on a little complex with a fabulous indoor pool and games room, near to a stunning pub and just 15 mins walk to the beach.

While it would’ve been tempting to just relax at the cottage and swim, we decided to do as much exploring as possible.  Our first day dawned chilly and grey, so we decided not to spend it at the beach.  Instead we drove inland to visit an attraction that we’d been keen to visit for ages – BeWILDerwood. A huge, natural family attraction in a peaceful forest, the children were delighted to find that the way into the site was via a boat.

At the end of the little creek, we found a magical world where the resident “Boggles” and “Twiggles” had built a huge network of treehouses, treetop pathways, games and challenges.  It was absolutely perfect for our 7 and 5 year olds.

We let Alex and Sophie lead the way, discovering little houses, tunnels and pathways.

They could access everything up ladders and staircases – can you spot a very happy Sophie at the window?

They didn’t stop moving as they explored each zone in the forest.  It was really big – we easily spent 4 hours there and didn’t get tired of anything.  There was a tree top maze (which was genuinely challenging!), various puzzles and treasure hunts, long rope bridges to run along and so many physical challenges.

The many zip wires went down very well.  Sophie was a bit hesitant to begin with, but as soon as she had a go, we couldn’t get her off them!

They even went on together seeing who could go fastest!

Alex adored the enormous and very fast slides:

There were so many that there were no queues at all, even though it was the school holidays.

And we could even have a go 🙂

Sophie enjoyed all the opportunities for climbing…

…and balancing

Sophie spent ages traversing along a network of challenging pathways.

It was harder than it looked!

She was beaming all day!

I didn’t take photographs, but there were little storytelling sessions and interactive performances in the zones during the day which had the children engrossed, as well as some special Easter activities.  Alex and Sophie were invited at the entrance to visit the Easter bunny, and they were excited when we found her burrow.

I was so impressed with the experience.  They loved meeting a puppet rabbit who knew their names and asked them lots about their day.  Sophie was certainly convinced.

And after a spot of hopping, they were invited to find some chocolate eggs – but they had to get them without being tickled by another Easter bunny who kept popping up in the various holes where the eggs were hidden.  It was so funny watching!

We had such a magical day – they children adored it and I’d love to go back.  Here are my happy Easter bunnies 🙂

4 thoughts on “A magical day at BeWILDerwood [Norfolk 2018]

  1. I’ve heard all kinds of good things about Bewilderwood in the past, it seems like it just keeps getting better and better as they add more things. I’d love to visit but it is such a long way from Cornwall, perhaps we should do a little break away too. I love the sound of the Easter activities, it it great when venues take advantage of the different times of year to add something new. No wonder you are planning to return. I really don’t know that area at all.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids


  2. Looks like you guys had an amazing time! We visited BeWILDerwood for one of their lantern parades and it was awesome! Such a fab place – shame we’re not nearer to visit more often x #CountryKids x


  3. Oh wow this place looks amazing, all those cool treehouses! My two boys would love this, right up our street for natural but inspired outdoor play! This place is going on my list of places to visit

    Just popping over from Country Kids
    Laura x


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