This week we have been very lucky to visit BeWILDerwood Cheshire. If you are not familiar with BeWILDerwood (they also have a BeWILDerwood Nolfolk) it is a huge woodland full of treehouses, slides, mazes, zip wires and parks. BeWILDerwood is based on the magical and enchanting books written by Tom Blofeld it really is every child’s dream. BeWILDerwood Cheshire seemed the perfect place for my little family. We love getting outdoors and exploring, allowing our children to run free. Which is what BeWILDerwood Cheshire is all about.
Our experience of BeWILDerwood Cheshire
I was aware that the day was fully booked and as we arrived at the carpark at opening time (10am) it looked busy. However as you walk into BeWILDerwood Cheshire you find that because it is set outdoors it is extremely spacious. There are no queues as you show your tickets and it feels really safe.
There are also hand sanitisers everywhere. Beside every slide, maze, park, cafe. Everywhere.
On arrival at BeWILDerwood Cheshire you follow the the treacherous trail through the woods which has bunting all along the path. You reach an opening where you can choose where to go to first. There is lots of different areas to explore. Boggle Village, Slippery Slopes which are huge slides to whizz down, Miss Mash Maze which took us a while to get out of, Twiggle Whizzer which includes more slides and a park, Wobbly Wires which are amazing zip wires and a smaller one more suitable for toddlers, the Sky Maze, The Broken Bridge. Everything is quite spread out so it never feels too busy. There was never really long queues on the slides. I am not sure if it is because you are in a forest surrounded by trees and fresh air but despite being in a park, BeWILDerwood Cheshire feels really calm and peaceful.
What is the best age to visit BeWILDerwood Cheshire?
I have three Children, my youngest being 4 (Alfie) and my eldest being 10 (Meme). All three of my children loved it. BeWILDerwood Cheshire all has specially designed areas aimed at babies and toddlers. Swings, slides, little tree house for them to explore, stepping stones. Alfie loved the swings in the younger ares. These baby and toddler areas are also close enough to the older children’s sections so you can keep an eye on all of your children.
The big slides were a huge hit for all three of my children. There is a wide slide so they could all go on together (or you could go on with your baby or toddler) and also single slides which my 4 year old was fine to go on.
The mazes at BeWILDerwood Cheshire are amazing. My 10 year old loved the zip wire and there was a special toddler zip wire one that Alfie could enjoy. The stepping stones and climbing frames suit children of all ages. There is an area called Big Hat which was a crafty space where the children could make hats. This was a bit young for Meme but Harri & Alfie enjoyed it. There is also a story telling space which my younger children loved and engaged with. Again this was a bit young for Meme. However it is a great area just to have a breather for smaller children.
I personally think BeWILDerwood Cheshire would suit up to the age of 12 especially if you are going as a group of friends and they can run around together.
Can you get food and drink at BeWILDerwood Cheshire?
Yes you can buy food and drink from BeWILDerwood Cheshire. Hot food like jacket potatoes, pasties and soup. Which will be perfect during the colder months. There is also a selection of sausage rolls (which look amazing) and sandwiches to choose from. Sweet snacks and hot & cold drinks are also available.
There are plenty of picnic tables dotted around the woodland to sit and enjoy your food. They are also situated close to play areas and slides so your children can play whilst you can sit with a drink and watch them.
Is BeWILDerwood Cheshire worth the price?
I don’t mind paying for days out as long as I feel like it is worth it. As a family we are always eager to try out new places. I love seeing my children outdoors away from ipads and television screens.
For a family of 5, BeWILDerwood Cheshire costs £97. This seems like a lot. That said everything for a family of 5 is expensive. For a day at our local zoo for a family of 5 it costs £107.75. To visit a local adventure park it costs us £48 for a 4 hour session. To go and see a film at the cinema is costs roughly £50 and that is for under 2 hours generally.
With this in mind, Yes it is worth the cost. There are no hidden extras, you can take a picnic and drinks and you can spend the whole day there. Of course it is a treat. A great way to celebrate a child’s birthday or a school holiday treat. It is not somewhere we will pay to go every weekend but I have promised the kids a visit in the Summer holidays – and we cannot wait!!
Tips for visiting BeWILDerwood Cheshire
The best tip I tell all friends when visiting BeWILDerwood Cheshire is to avoid the crowds and start backwards.
What are the best clothes to wear when visiting BeWILDerwood Cheshire? Dress appropriately. Layer up in the colder weather because your children will be running around and will start peeling of those layers. In the warmer weather plenty of suncream and hats to stay safe from the sun. There is plenty of shade at BeWILDerwood Cheshire to stay cool.
What is the best time to go? I would get there at opening time which is 10am. Pack lots of food, snacks and drinks and stay the whole day. It closes at 5pm and we found most people leave at around 3pm so BeWILDerwood Cheshire was a lot emptier and we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
You can get a BeWILDerwood Cheshire Discount by purchasing an annual pass. The annual pass costs £75 for 92-105cm and £80 for over 105cm. If you live local it is definitely worth purchasing an annual pass.
Please remember that BeWILDerwood Cheshire is closed during some of the Winter months so check their website before arriving.
We have been asked to review BeWILDerwood Cheshire in exchange for a honest review.
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