- Explore the magical BeWILDerwood world made famous by the children's books.
- Take a boat ride from Scaaaary Lake and keep an eye out for Mildred the Crocklebog.
- Brave the Towering Treetop Tangles and dare to cross the Broken Bridge.
- Build your own den, catch a show at the Storytelling Stage and make some crafts at the Big Hat.
One of the most creative and imagination-inspiring days out for kids ages 2-12, BeWILDerwood in Hoveton, Norwich is unlike any other experience you'll have as a family. An adventure park set in the heart of the woods, BeWILDerwood encourages kids to explore, dream and play as they make their way around. Originally based on a series of children's books written by author Tom Blofeld, he opened the BeWILDerwood park in May 2007, bringing his creations to life.
From Crocklebogs to Twiggles, BeWILDerwood is home to all kinds of creatures, and kids will have a fantastic time exploring this adventure park with magical treehouses, intriguing characters and much more to discover. If the kids aren't familiar with the three Tom Blofeld BeWILDerwood books, we recommend checking out 'A BeWILDermuddle', 'The BeWILDerbats', and 'A Boggle at BeWILDerwood' to get you in the mood before your trip. However, there is no prior book knowledge needed to have a fantastic day out at this incredible park.
When you arrive at the award-winning BeWILDerwood, try not to get overwhelmed at the sheer number of things to do. Don't worry though, your tickets will last all day, and most people (or 'Twiggles' as they are called in BeWILDerwood) spend at least three hours in this wild and imaginative attraction. From taking a boat ride from Scaaaary Lake, home to Mildred the Crocklebog, to the Long Lagoon, to getting lost in the Muddle Maze, there are dozens of creative and imaginative activities to take your pick from. Those who like to see things from up above will love the Sky Maze, and exploring the Towering Treetop Tangles, or if you have a Twiggle in your family with a need for speed, head over to the Slippery Slopes for a race on the slides!
From the car park, you'll enter the Grubbles' Greeting Gates, and after passing the Bizarre Bazaar where you can find souvenirs and gifts, you're well on your way to starting your family BeWILDerwood adventure. Follow along the Treacherous Trail, past Boggle Village, where you'll find Scaaaary Lake. Following on you'll find the Twiggle Whizzers and Wobby Wires, or zip wires, where kids and grown-ups can fly through the woods at top speed. Carrying on through Tiptoe Valley to your left, you'll find the Tricky Tunnels play area, as well as the Storytelling Stage, where you'll find puppet shows, interactive performances and lots more children's entertainment, all included in the price of your initial ticket. Kids can also learn how to build their very own den, at the Den Building Area just a little further on. This activity is lots of fun for the whole family, as you forage for wood to create your own den. Here you can also brave the Sky Maze and Towering Treetop Tangles, and then head back via the Cosy Cabin for a snack until you reach the Face Paint Pavilion. One of our favourite things at BeWILDerwood, aside from the intriguing characters and magical atmosphere, is the number of interactive activities that keep kids feeling like they're a part of the wild and imaginative BeWILDerwood story. Once you've had your faces painted, hop on the Broken Bridge if you dare, as you make your way to BeWILDerville and Twiggle Village, where you can explore Leaflette's Lawn, make crafts in the Big Hat and head to Boggle Birthday Banquet Hall if you have a party planned.
However, BeWILDerwood Adventure Park isn't just for older kids. There is a designated outdoor play area, Toddlewood on the Hill, where little adventurers can slide, climb and play. With so much to do in this brilliant adventure park with magical treehouses and much more, you won't want to leave! There are lots of great BeWILDerwood events on throughout the year too, including the new BeWILDerwood Halloween Glowing Lantern Parade, as well as egg hunts at Easter and festive fun at Christmas time.
If you and the kids have worked up an appetite as you've climbed, swung and sailed your way around the park, there are lots of on site food options to pick from. The Munch Bar, the Snack Shack and the Cosy Cabin are all dotted around the park, and offer lots of tasty items, from children's Munch Boxes to A Boggle Banger Hotpot! There's also a good selection of coffees, soft drinks and ice cream, as well as dairy-free and vegan options. With plenty of seating areas around the site, you are also more than welcome to bring your own food and have a picnic in the woods. Or, if you fancy venturing further afield, the village of Hoveton is just a short five-minute drive away. Here you can find everything from a hearty pub lunch at The Kings Head Hotel, to burgers at the Station Smokehouse.
There are also places to stay nearby, including Amber's Bell Tent Camping, which is perfect for those who are interested in camping near BeWILDerwood. For hotels near BeWILDerwood, there are several local options, including the Kings Head Hotel in Hoveton, and Hotel Wroxham just a ten-minute drive away.
If you're looking for what to do in Norfolk with kids, BeWILDerwood is one of our top favourites. If you had a fantastic day out here, why not head to Great Yarmouth for more fab days out for families? To get back to nature, head to Horsey Beach for nature trails and seal-spotting, or for more adventure check out Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach for roller coasters, rides and more.
What to know before you go
- BeWILDerwood opening times are from 10am-5:30pm, with the last admission at 4pm. The food outlets shut at 4:30pm.
- BeWILDerwood prices for tickets vary depending on height, as some areas have certain height requirements. Prices vary from free for under 92cm, to £17.50 for people over 105cm. Concession charges are available. All activities in the park are covered by the ticket price except food, drink and gifts from the shop.
- Most of the park is accessible for buggies and wheelchairs. While buggies can be taken onto the BeWILDerboats, unfortunately, they are not accessible for wheelchair users, who can use the Treacherous Trail to access the park alongside the river. There are also some areas with slopes and unstable ground which may not be comfortable for children in buggies or wheelchair users.
- Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are available on site.
- While lots of the site is under tree cover, make sure to bring weather appropriate clothing as this is an outside attraction.
- Dogs are not permitted on site, except Assistance Dogs.
- BeWILDerwood is found in Hoveton, and is easy to get to by car via the A1062.
- Free parking is available on site, with designated accessible spaces and coach parking.
- If travelling by bus, the 5B 'Konect Bus' from Castle Meadow, Norwich, will bring you right to the entrance.
- While bikes aren't allowed on site, there is a bike shed in the car park if you wish to cycle to BeWILDerwood.
- The nearest station is Hoveton & Wroxham Station, under two miles away. This is around a half-hour walk, or you can get a taxi from the station.
- You can also arrive by boat, with the nearest mooring at Horning Staithe, a 15-minute walk away.