TRAVEL AND DAYS OUT

The SEND family guide to BeWILDerwood

Imagine a magical wood inhabited by Boggles and Twiggles. Where stories come to life and children can run, jump, slide, swing and explore to their hearts content. This is BeWILDerwood, a wild and imaginative adventure park.

This is not a sponsored post. We visited the attraction on our trip to Norfolk and loved it so much I wanted to share it with you.

We were one of the first families to arrive when it opened and one of the last to leave before it closed.

Here’s my SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) family guide to BeWILDerwood:

What is it?

Set in forest woodland in Hoveton, Norfolk, it’s primarily aimed at children age five to 10 years old, although it has a fair few play areas for toddlers to enjoy and we saw plenty of older children having a great time too.

The site is full of adventure playgrounds. It also has a craft hut, face painting stand, and a storytelling stage. At certain times of the year, like Easter, there are special events. We queued up to meet Cedric the Bunny in his burrow, at Big Bear’s request, not really knowing what to expect. I won’t spoil the surprise but it was really well thought-through and the Bears loved it.

Why we like it

It’s not just an adventure playground, it’s like walking into a story book. The place hooks you in from the start. As soon as you’ve paid your entrance fee you are whisked away on a magical boat trip. The storytelling guide sets the scene for the imaginary world of Swampy and his friends. He or she points out the Boggle village and the scaaaary lake before you disembark and are free to explore.

All activities are included once you walk through the gate.

It’s not a cheap day out but carers get in free, which makes it more affordable. Don’t forget to take your DLA award letter or other carer proof.

There are dedicated swings for disabled children.

There are plenty of places to sit down when little legs get tired, including the storytelling stage at regular intervals throughout the day.

The stories are interactive to keep everyone engaged. Children are encouraged to choose clothes from the dressing up box for the performances and join in the stories on stage.

There is a nursing hut for breastfeeding

Any downsides?

Some sections of BeWILDerwood might not be suitable for children with mobility problems. Big Bear can just about handle some scramble nets but can’t do ladders on his own. He’s also quite slow when climbing up and down the playground and needed a bit of help to access certain bits.

There are disabled toilets but no changing places toilet

Essential information

BeWILDerwood opening times: 10am to 5:30pm. Except October half term when it’s open until dusk.

Last admission 4pm. Food outlets close at 4.30pm.

Tickets: Children under 92cm tall get in free. Those who are 92cm and 105cm tall pay £14.50. People over 105cm tall pay £16.50 and those over the age of 65 pay £9.50. There is a £1 discount to these prices if you book online beforehand.

Parking is free.

You can bring a picnic or buy food on site.

Address: BeWILDerwood Norfolk, Horning Road, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8JW

Tel: 01692 633033

Email: explore@beWILDerwood.co.uk

This is not a sponsored post

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