Fifi having a lovely time at Bewilderwood

While we were camping last week, we took the kids to BeWILDerwood for the day. The kids loved it but I genuinely can’t sort my feelings for the place out.

BeWILDerwood describes itself as:

…a wild and imaginative adventure park with magical treehouses and a hint of intriguing characters, bringing a curious difference to the Norfolk Broads.

Which is all very nice but to me it seemed like an awful lot of money for what is essentially an outdoor playground. In fact it cost £51 to get all 5 of us in. I spent the rest of the day sulking about the cost. Don’t get me wrong, the kids absolutely loved it and it was quite nicely laid out (although more could have been made of the fantasy motif past a few tiny tree houses and some signage) but a lot of the playground was basically the sort of thing that many venues offer in addition to something else like a castle, stately home, zoo or a country park.

Aside from that, part of the beef I had was having to pay a premium for us as parents. I certainly don’t pay when I take the kids to soft play, so it was a bit confusing to have to pay more for me and wifey to stand there and watch the kids have fun. Don’t get me started on the twig stacking, aka the “den building” either.

And yet I still come back to the fact the kids loved it. The torrential rain (and lack of shelter from it) did put a bit of a dampener on the tail end of the day but we were all outdoors. BeWILDerwood told wifey on twitter that they don’t do any discounts, which is a shame because at the price we paid, despite the fun the kids had, I probably wouldn’t take them again.