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A forest of family fun and outdoor adventure including treehouses, zipwires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Boggles, storytelling and boat trips
"On arrival at the outdoor adventure park, we parked in the grass car park which was easy and had plenty of space around cars. The toilets were clearly sign posted which is useful after a long drive and there are some in the car park so you can use them before buying tickets, useful when you have children. There are no facilities for changing a nappy though so probably best done at the car or lying in the boot as we find works well.
Ticket buying is straight forward and there is a ticket booth located near the entrance which is also in the car park. If your child is under 92cm entry is free, however if you have a tall two and a half year old (as we did) of 94cm it costs £10.50, quite a jump. The child has to stand at a wooden height guide and see whether they are taller than the marker, if yours is near 92cm I’d suggest taking their shoes off! We were given a map which clearly showed where different adventure points were located along with toilets and food sales areas.
We didn’t take the buggy in and Jack was quite happy to walk, this made things easier when boarding the boat to travel into the park, it’s a great ride and Jack loved the experience cruising through the tree covered waterway. There is board walk that can be followed which may be easier if you want to take the buggy. Inside the park , the ground is typical to that of a woodland, bark chipped floor, tree roots etc.
We packed essentials into a rucksack and bought food there rather than take our own. The food retails places are good, selling locally sourced products, mainly sandwiches etc. We bought Jack a child’s lunch box with cheese sandwiches, it’s at the upper end of the price range but easier in that you don’t have to carry a picnic.
We visited the outdoor adventure park after we had a great deal of rain so went equipped in wellies and waterproofs. The tree canopies of the outdoor adventure park had actually kept the ground quite firm so there were not huge muddy puddles to deal with and the equipment itself was dry and clean.
For small children there is ‘Toddlewood’ a small enclosed area with walkways, slides and tree house style houses (near the ground, not in the trees, don’t worry) . Jack quite liked this but was quickly bored. Jeremy took him on some of the big slides which Jack loved, but was ‘told off’ as lap rides are not allowed and children have to come down unaccompanied. This resulted in Jeremy climbing up to the top of the slide with Jack, which was hard going up steps, over cargo nets etc, and posting Jack down the slide for me to catch him at the bottom. Again Jack thoroughly loved this though.
I did feel that probably because of Jacks age and height we were ‘caught out’ a little as he was only two and a half at the time but tall so had to pay the full entry cost. He was too advanced for Toddlewood but not big enough to go on the larger areas himself and Jeremy wasn’t allowed down with him. This said, he did have a fantastic time on the children’s zip wires.
The staff are very friendly and helpful but in my opinion the whole place is really based around older children. Any child would have fun, our little boy certainly did."
Bewilderwood is open Febuary half term then every weekend until Easter. From then on it’s open every day until the end of October. Opening hours are 10am to 5.30 or dusk (whichever comes first). Last admission noe hour before closing. Prices are :
Born to BeWILD under 92cm (3') FREE
Almost WILD 92-105cm (3'-3'5") £10.50
BeWILD Now! 105-250cm (3'5"-8'2") £12.50
Used to BeWILD 65 yrs+ £8.50
Carer Proof of carer status is required* FREE