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“Great family day out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of BeWILDerwood

BeWILDerwood
Horning Road, Hoveton NR12 8JW, England
01692 633033
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Hoveton
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Amusement Parks
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Owner description: BeWILDerwood is a wild and imaginative adventure park with magical treehouses and hints of intriguing characters, bringing a curious difference to the Norfolk Broads. The setting for the book ‘A Boggle at BeWILDerwood’, by local children’s author Tom Blofeld, it’s a wonderful, mystical place. Parents are encouraged to play alongside their children, which makes for a fabulous and brilliantly exciting time for the whole family
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great family day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2009

We were staying at Haven Caister, and fancied a day off camp to wear out the kids some more. The leaflet we picked up did not say too much about the place. We were in peak season and arrived at 10 ish in the morning and the car park was already filling up. The staff at the stand where you pay, were on the ball, they measured the heights of the children and wrote out a ticket for you as you stand in the queue, the price went by height and not age. Then you hand over your hand written ticket to the cashier and they process it and give you wristbands.

It showered on and off that day weather wise...but as you are amongst the trees, you are sheltered and the slides all have canopes over them to stop them getting wet.

There were things for all ages. I'd say to take a ruck sack and NOT hand bag, as you need 'hands on' for climbing and stuff. We had to queue a bit for going over the broken bridge, but it gave you time to appreciate the view. The attractions were all supervised, and little sacks were about for putting your legs in when you go down a slide. The largest one was able to take 3 people in a line, so my husband and 2 kids went down together....fast shutter speed or sports mode for cameras! - as they came down dead fast ! TAKE A PACKED LUNCH...food and drinks were dead expensive. The picnic areas had wasp traps, which helped. I avoided the gift shop as that was expensive too. There were plenty of toilets about and not too longer a queue for the ladies either.

I think that whom ever created the fairy type tree houses and the beautifully made under 5 area, must be very proud. It all seems hand made and unique, it is all wood, but not a splinter in sight!. It is worth the money for the visit, but I think they must coin it in there, as there are little over heads, little maintenance and expensive lighting etc....

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“A magical place unlike any other”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2009

Bewilderwood is sort of a huge treehouse playground in the woods, with all sorts of unexpected fun. It's not a prepackaged corporate Disney-type experience, so expect something more whimsical, low-tech, and inventive. My son and I went when he was five, and he remembered it so delightedly that the next time he was in England, at age 7, we went again and took a friend. It was thrilling for them both times. One of the most magical places for them was the Peaceful Paths, where there are piles of large sticks and logs with which to build Twiggle houses. I can see why adults might turn up their noses and say "That's not an attraction!", but if you'd seen the dozens of kids in their delightedly building the houses, you'd believe how much they loved it. There are many great small touches like this -- signs that say "This way" and "That way" and "Sky" -- boards and stumps and things to balance on -- all low-tech, all just delightful for kids. The second time we went, we had read the two books (A Boggle in Bewilderwood, and Bewilderbats), which are not necessary but add an extra dimension. They're very funny books, too! (And they reveal the secret of the FarTree, which kids find hilarious!) This gets a top rating from us -- it was my son's very favorite event of a summer packed with events.

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elfinfilagree, Marketing Manager at BeWILDerwood, responded to this review, August 28, 2009
WOW - what a lovely review. And the fact you have come to visit us from further afield makes the Twiggles and Boggles even more happy.
It's great you love the books - Tom's next book is on the horizon, so keep an eye on our website for its release some time next year.
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“A great day out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2009

We spent the day at Bewilderwood last week, and had a fantastic time. We all went on pretty much everything (except my wife who didn't like the look of the vertical drop slide, which the kids & I loved), and I suffered the ignominy of having to be guided round the maze by my 7 & 5 year old daughters, with their mother watching and laughing from the bridge in the middle. I would echo some of the other reviews regarding more suggestion of Boggles & Twiggles scurrying around in the bushes, but other than that we had great fun. Can't comment on the food as we brought a picnic, but the ice creams were delicious.

Possibly a little expensive - we only paid £3 more to visit Pleasurewood Hills, which is a full theme park - but a full days entertainment for £40 is still pretty good value

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elfinfilagree, Marketing Manager at BeWILDerwood, responded to this review, August 28, 2009
Thank you Thank you Thank you - the Twiggles and Boggles like you very much!
Surely it's better to imagine a Twiggle or Boggle than actually see one - it keeps the magic alive.
We hope you come back soon.
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“Beware Bewilderwood and clever marketing!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2009

We visited Bewilderwood in August 2009 and had high hopes of a magical day out at one with nature. First disappointment was the high admission price - £50 for a family of 5! My youngest is only 5 and cost the same as the adults, okay I admit it was our fault for not researching prices before the visit but £50 for what amounts to a walk in the woods! It was confusing once you arrived as to where to go for the activities were, a lack of signposts, the amenties there namely the swings, wobbly bridge, slides, zip wires are all available at our local park (Wat Tyler, Pitsea) for FREE! I am at a loss as to what we actually paid for, maybe the boat ride that lasted 5 minutes perhaps? I feel we were taken in by the very very clever marketing that suggested a woodland idyll full of fairies, tree houses, amazing outdoor adventures and challenging experiences when the reality was a few wooden structures and bark chips in a forest setting, very disappointing, very misleading, especially with all the quotes from the Observer and such like, please revise your prices to avoid others being disappointed, we certainly wont be back, ever.

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elfinfilagree, Marketing Manager at BeWILDerwood, responded to this review, August 28, 2009
Thank you for your review.
Our prices are the same for children (over the approx age of 5) as they are for adults as this is very much a family adventure park - we encourage adults to have just as much fun as the kids.
Our park is planned out so there's no set route round it - you can go on things whenever you like as often as you like.
Did you see our storytelling (or puppet show)? It's an interactive storytelling 'show' where the kids can dress up and get involved and become the characters of BeWILDerwood - this adds much more fun and excitement to the day and makes it good value if you consider that it's at no extra cost to the entrance fee.
It's a shame you will never return to see us as we've just introduced a new hugely challenging play area - taller than the Broken Bridge and very scary. And more fun will be on its way next year.
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“Simply not worth the expense”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2009

as a family of five approached the day with some excitement soured by having to pay £46 entry and then very disappointed with the content of the park. This is an experience of a few hours at most and there is not a boggle or twiggle in sight. The idea is excellent, in theory it should have been a great day out but there is simply not enough content and way too much entry costs. I could not in all honesty recommend this attraction to anyone which is a great shame

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elfinfilagree, Marketing Manager at BeWILDerwood, responded to this review, August 28, 2009
We would love to please everyone, so we're sorry you don't feel we were worth it.
The Twiggles and Boggles are very shy creatures and we've found that it's much better to imagine a Twiggle or Boggle rather than see one - it keeps kids minds imaginative and creative.
We do get lots of families who stay all day and never want to go home - but we understand all families are different hence why we recommend at least 3 hours.
In terms of content, we have just openend up a new play area which is even more challenging (and bigger) than the broken bridge, so things are constantly being developed and modified for our visitors pleasure.
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