*AD – PR VISIT
Before COVID hit, we had planned and booked to go to BeWilderwood Original site in Norfolk as we loved the idea and the look of it. But then we had to cancel and a year later they opened a site in Cheshire which is much closer to us, safe to say we were really excited! BeWILDerwood Cheshire Adventure Park is the perfect family day out, it is based on the magical adventures of the books written by Tom Blofield, we haven’t actually read the books but we will definitely be buying them after our visit!
BeWILDerwood Cheshire Adventure Park
Cost, Location & Children Suitability:
Tickets are based on height so that the littlest amongst the family or the “Born to be Wild’s” are free and the taller you are (the more you can go on) the higher the price. Although we were given these tickets for free, we have already booked again to go and paid £78 total for us as we all fell under the tallest height bracket of 105cm and taller.
BeWilderwood is located in Whitchurch, Cheshire. It was about an hour drive from us in Manchester. Children and children at heart really are meant for here, every detail is just planned so that there is wonder wherever you turn. We saw children of all ages (grown up children too) enjoying all the different activities and truly enjoying themselves.
We were asked to complete a track and trace document before we arrived, this is sent out via email. When we arrived there was hand sanitiser at the entrance and on literally every installation with signs prompting people to wash their hands regularly. There was also several signs dotted around the woods reminding people to give others space and that if an area looked busy to come back later on to try it again. As we were outside, no masks were required only within the gift shop. We were also given a leaflet when we entered just to reinforce the safety guidelines.
The whole experience was brilliant, the wood is basically a giant circle so you can easily get around and pick and mix the areas you want to visit and in whatever order you want. We started with the Treacherous Trail, a wonderful walkway with gorgeous purple flowers and hidden treasures for you to discover! We headed over to Telescope tower to climb our way to the top, the views really are breath-taking, and same with the Broken Bridge, and the views from the top were gorgeous. We spent some time on the Slippery Slopes where the kids (and Graham) really had a blast going down the big slides.
We got lost in the Mish Mash Maze and wandered around for ages trying to figure out the way back out but it was so much fun, each picking a direction and seeing if we were right or (mostly) wrong! We also loved the sky maze, and the wobbly wires were so much fun. We love a good zip line in our house and the fact we could go side by side was brilliant, I also noticed a zip wire made for younger children too which I think is a brilliant idea so they don’t miss out. We created Dens together, checked out Boggle Village and BeWilderville and walked around the marshy moss.
We decided to stop and get something to eat at the Cosy Cabin, it was really busy but the BeWilder Banger was lovely and the kids munch boxes were brilliant. We caught the end of one of the Storytime Shows and it looked like so much fun, we didn’t catch the whole thing but when we go back we will make sure we catch one.
Tips & Recomendations:
BeWilderwood caters for everything you need really but here are some helpful hints for our next visit or your first one:
– Take a picnic blanket! There are lots of benches to sit on but they were all full and it was really busy so we ended up having to eat our lunch on the floor.
– Wear thin layers! Inside the woods it was a little chilly compared to near the entrance. Wear layers you can take on and off easily.
– Wear sensible shoes! Something you can climb in but won’t get wet if there are puddles (or just jump in them and enjoy the fun even more).
The kids really enjoyed themselves, exploring and climbing and working their way through the obstacles. It really is a full day out, I think we were there from around 10:30 and we left around 2:30 so a good 4 hours. We could have stayed longer too to catch the Story time or the crafts in the Big Hat but we had Alice’s party to sort out the day after!
~ Cost: 4/5 (Taking into account the cost of the food etc. with the tickets)
~ Kid Friendly: 5/5
~ COVID safety: 5/5
~ The Experience: 5/5
As always the kids pick the experience score so it’s a win from us! Check out BeWilderwood’s website here to get tickets.
*This post is a PR trip on behalf of That Mama Club, I was offered free tickets to attend and asked for content in the shape of Instagram stories, photos and a blog post. All observations and opinions are my own.