We were super duper lucky that our first ever visit to BeWILDerwood was for a fabulous party celebrating the launch of their latest attraction, the Towering Treetop Tangles.
Here’s the official line from the Twiggles and Boggles:
BeWILDerwood has invested £200,000 in the Towering Treetop Tangles: the first major structure to be built at BeWILDerwood since the Sky Maze opened in 2014. Reaching more than 30 feet high and covering more than 1,000 square feet, it is aimed at the slightly bigger, more adventurous kids. It includes exciting ground play, nets to clamber across, high-level walkways, climbing walls and challenging play equipment up in the treetops. The Tangles is designed to encourage creative, free-spirited play, and daring grown-ups are fully encouraged to scale the heights and join the fun too.
I don’t really know where to start when writing about BeWILDerwood, it was our first ever visit to this amazing local attraction and I have to say it was all a bit magical and I was utterly swept away. There is so much to see and do.
We started our day with a delicious breakfast, a bit of face painting and a fun parade to the new Towering Treetop Tangles. They are an impressive sight that’s for sure. L was itching to explore but managed to contain himself as we were treated to a special poem from Tom Blofield, author of the books that have inspired BeWILDerwood. With confetti cannons and rose petals filling the air the Treetop Tangles were officially open and we could explore.
The new area is brilliant and so well thought out, there are a hundred different routes you can take through the treetops, climbing, balancing and bouncing your way through. With easier sections for slightly nervous (flipping petrified of heights) grown ups like me, mixed in with more adventurous routes there really is something for everyone. It’s safe too, I genuinely wasn’t worried, when I looked up from my ice cream break to see my husband utterly bewildered and lost, with not the foggiest idea where L had gone. I could see all the exits, so was happy in the knowledge he was exploring happily and would come down eventually.
After we had thoroughly explored the Towering Treetop Tangles we took a walk to see what else we could find. We crossed the Broken Bridge, which is so high I thought I might actually die, the child loved it though, worth noting if you don’t fancy the slides at the end there are stairs you can take down to the safety of the ground. Then we got lost in the Muddle Maze, properly lost, I mean for the second time that day we had no idea where L was, we could just hear giggles as he sped past us on the other side of the fences. Finally reunited we made our way out though.
We spent a long time on the slides of the Slippery Slopes and even longer zipping on the zip wires. We explored some treetop houses, climbed and clambered over all kinds of obstacles, everywhere we looked there were more fun details to be found. The Twiggle Village in the treetops and excerpts from the stories. The facilities are excellent too, plenty of places to stop and eat (reasonably priced too), a nursing room, party huts and loads of picnic areas.
We then headed back to the Towering Treetop Tangles for another little play, but not after exploring some very tight tunnels that are definitely just for kids and not fully grown men who will get stuck and have to back out of them (cough, husband, cough) . We spent ages in the Sky Maze and still didn’t find two of the hidden feathers, just an excuse to go back I think. Once we had ticked off all the main exploring areas we checked to see if L wanted to do anything else, like crafts at the Big Hat or watch one of the Storytime performances, but no, all he had left on his agenda was the boat ride and the gift shop.
You can catch the boat coming into BeWILDerwood from the BeWILDerBoat Junction by the Gift Shop or leaving by the Snack Shack on the Scary Lake. I would recommend making sure you do both journeys as you get to see different things each way, I would also say that if there is a queue, then just walk and catch the boat at a later time. We didn’t have to queue at all, not using it at a ‘standard’ start/finish time fo the day and actually just did a loop, getting off the boat just to get straight back on again!!
The Treacherous Trail into the wood is worth it anyway, so definitely walk and enjoy the story and hop on the boat a bit later if you need to. Oh and it’s worth mentioning as well that once you’ve paid to get in, that’s it. Other than food everything is included, the boat rides, the crafts, the face painting and the storytime performances. I love that!
We had the best day, arriving bright and early in the morning and didn’t leave until late afternoon, in fact we only left when we did as I had to go to work that evening, otherwise I think we would have been at least another hour if not two! I would certainly recommend it as a day out and I know we’ll be back over the summer holidays to enjoy another day with the Twiggles.
Disclosure – we were guests of BeWILDerwood for the day to celebrate the opening of the new attraction. All thoughts, opinions and images are my own.