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Visiting a new attraction can be the most memorable part of a holiday and BeWILDerwood is on the must-do list for families visiting the Norfolk Broads. But how did a Norfolk-based children’s writer transform 800 acres of estate land into an award-winning adventure park for families?

Conjuring up the magic

“From the outset, we wanted to create something very different from traditional theme parks,” explains owner Tom Blofeld. “We wanted a smaller, more authentic and intimate experience which encourages children to develop a love of nature in a safe environment.”

Tom’s inspiration for BeWILDerwood came from a childhood spent exploring the marshes and woodlands of the Norfolk coast. Deciding against being a farmer, Tom set about transforming 18 acres of marsh and woodland into ‘a wild and imaginative adventure park with magical treehouses and intriguing characters, where visitors of all ages are invited to summon up their courage and clamber, crawl, climb, slide and swing around a mystical world, creating an amazing and memorable adventure.’

Families are encouraged to play together at the park, and are led on a journey through an 18-acre region of marsh and woodland, following in the footsteps of Swampy the Marsh Boggle and his friends.

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BeWILDerwood Norfolk Adventure Park

Satisfied customers

Tom sees BeWILDerwood’s core clientele as families staying in caravans along the coast around Yarmouth.

“We’re very much a Yarmouth-based attraction, and most of our customers are seaside holidaymakers, so we’re competing with Sea Life (a waterfront aquarium) and with the beach itself,” he says.

Inevitably, peak season for the adventure park is the summer months. “There are roughly one million people living in Norfolk, within a 90 minute drive of Norwich, but that population swells to between four and seven million in summer,” Tom says.

To keep it simple, entry prices include everything except on-site food and shop purchases. “We don’t want to irritate people with lots of little add-ons, so entertainment, story-telling and face-painting, boat rides and entrance to the crafts tent and all the park’s experiences are all included in the price.

“And if kids are asleep in the car on the way home, with muddy trousers and achy legs, and the grown-ups are smiling because they’ve not had so much fun since they were kids themselves, then we know we’ve done our job.”