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“A magical place unlike any other”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of BeWILDerwood

BeWILDerwood
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Hoveton
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Oregon
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A magical place unlike any other”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A great day out”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Essex
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“Beware Bewilderwood and clever marketing!”
1 of 5 bubbles 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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essex
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4 attraction reviews
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“Simply not worth the expense”
1 of 5 bubbles 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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essex
2 reviews
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“what a waste of a day!!!!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2009

After traveling for nearly two hours from essex, we arrived at the park, a young lad on his mobile was trying to park cars with a few near misses taking place. we queued for 1/2 an hour to get in, and when we got to gate were told that our 5 and 7 year old were the same price as an adult(£10 each) and our 2 year old was £6 so £46 to start, we then joined another queue and after 40mins waiting for a boat decided to give up and walk in. we were disheartened with what we had paid our money for and after 2 hours had done what is a walk in the woods and a play area, we decided to look for something to eat and thought we would get something hot but no nothing, we got our kids lunch boxes which was half a sandwich, a juice, a broken biscuit amd a local apple(with its imported from chile sticker still on!!!) after lunch the kids went back on a tree house with a slide my 7 year old needed toilet so i took her and left other kids with wife, when i came out again my 5 year old was in tears and her jacket was hooked onto a sharpe piece on the slide lucky that another visitor had climbed up and got my daughter and was in process of pulling jacket off, my wife did not know what to do as she had the 2 year old to look after, with this we decided to leave, the kids wanted to go on the boat out so we waited 40mins to take a 5 min boat trip, we will not be going back ever and have warned our family and friends.

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elfinfilagree, Marketing Manager at BeWILDerwood, responded to this review, August 28, 2009
Oh dear, what a shame. We do get lots of reviews saying what a fab day families have had but, as much as we'd like to, I guess we can't please everyone. The Twiggles and Boggles will be sad you don't want to return - perhaps when your 2 year old is a little older you would give us a try again...?
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