If you're looking for an enchanting and exciting day out with your little ones, BeWILDerwood in Cheshire is the perfect destination. BeWILDerwood Cheshire is a huge outdoor adventure playground spread across 70 acres where imagination runs wild and adventure takes centre stage. With plenty of slides, wobbly bridges, and mazes to explore, it's a place where kids and adults alike can discover a realm of enchantment and let their inner wildness roam free.
So, let's dive right in and discover the wonders that await in this whimsical wonderland!
What is BeWILDerwood?
BeWILDerwood Cheshire is an award-winning, forest-based adventure park that encourages children to explore their imagination and embrace the great outdoors. Nestled in the heart of Cheshire's stunning countryside, the park covers vast acres of lush woodland, making it the perfect setting for an adventurous day out with the family.
What can I expect when I visit BeWILDerwood Cheshire?
At BeWILDerwood you can expect magical treehouses, ziplines, huge slides, muddled mazes, and more! The attraction is based on the children's books written by local author and creator of BeWILDerwood, Tom Blofeld! In most of the areas of BeWILDerwood, you can see hints of intriguing characters in the storybook pages next to the activities, such as the Mish Mash Maze, Broken Bridge, and Wobbly Wires.
Throughout the day, BeWILDerwood hosts enchanting storytelling sessions based on the characters from Tom Blofeld's popular books and your children even get the chance to meet and greet some of them!
BeWILDerwood is really spread out with different activities and equipment dotted around in different sections, such as Slippery Slopes (lots of daring slides), the Mish Mash Maze, The Broken Bridge, Telescope Tower, The Towering Treetop Tangles, Wobbly Wires (extra long zip wires), and you can even explore high in the trees and have fun crossing jungle bridges in the Sky Maze (we still didn't manage to find all four of the feathers haha!). There's also a fun Den Building area.
Parents are encouraged to actively participate alongside their children, facilitating their exploration of the equipment. We had as much fun as Elijah!
It's great because there's lots to do for all ages. Elijah is 3 and a half and there was plenty to do. The map you are given upon entry colour codes the areas for younger ones "Teeny Twiggles" and older children "Brave Boggles".
Elijah enjoyed Toddlewood on the Hill, Twiggle Whizzers, BeWILDerville, and Tiptoe Valley. These areas had smaller slides and equipment, sandpits, ziplines, swings, balance beams, and smaller sky courses. He hasn't stopped talking about BeWILDerwood since our visit, so we will definitely be returning. It's a place where as Elijah continues to grow, he can experience more things the next time he visits such as the huge slides and more daring zip lines.
What else is at BeWILDerwood Cheshire?
In addition to the wooden play equipment, mazes, and slides, your family can take part in free crafts in The Big Hat teepees, walk around the Loopy Lake and Treacherous Trail, your children can have their faces painted (for free), watch the puppet shows at the Storytelling Stage, and make a den in the den-making area.
How long can I spend at BeWILDerwood Cheshire?
We spent the whole day at BeWILDerwood. We got there for around 10.30am (it opens at 10) and left just before it shut at 5pm. It is definitely a full day out; it's an attraction that you'd need to visit at least twice to experience everything. We didn't manage to fit in the meet and greet, storytelling, The Towering Treetop Tangles, or Loopy Lake Walk, and we even missed the Witch's House!
Are there places to eat at BeWILDerwood Cheshire?
Yes! You can grab a bite to eat from the Cosy Cabin or Munch Bar. The Munch Bar has more of a variety, including hot menu items (have attached the menus below - click to expand).
We did have to wait a long time for our food when we visited (we ordered two jacket potatoes). It was nearly a half an hour wait. But it was busy as we visited on a Saturday during the school holidays.
You can also bring your own picnic and enjoy it in one of the designated picnic areas. There are lots of picnic benches by the Cosy Cabin, Munch Bar, and The Towering Treetop Tangles! The picnic benches by The Towering Treetop Tangles are a lot quieter than the others. We did also find quite a lot of wasps on the picnic benches near the Cosy Cabin.
What age is appropriate for BeWILDerwood Cheshire?
BeWILDerwood states that the ideal age range is 2 - 12 years old. I'd personally increase the minimum ideal age slightly just based on personal experience. Elijah is 3 and a half and isn't tall enough for the taller slides and wouldn't go near some of the taller structures or ziplines that don't have a swing-style toddler seat. If you want to visit and experience everything BeWILDerwood has to offer then I'd personally wait a year or two.
How accessible is BeWILDerwood Cheshire?
BeWILDerwood Cheshire is a very physically-demanding day out, involving lots of climbing, navigating steps, and traversing narrow passages within climbing structures. Some of the structures are raised and are only accessible via steps. As such, BeWILDerwood will pose challenges for those with limited mobility.
There are some adapted swings near the Cosy Cabin.
The paths winding through BeWILDerwood are able to accommodate pushchairs and wheelchairs, varying between wooden walkways and dirt paths. However, it's worth noting that the dirt paths can become muddy or have puddles in certain spots after rainfall and are bumpy in places. BeWILDerwood state that those who use a wheelchair can visit BeWILDerwood for free.
BeWILDerwood Cheshire features three designated toilets for disabled visitors. These are located at the Grubbles Greeting Gates (Main entrance), the Cosy Cabin, and the Munch Bar.
For further insights into accessibility at BeWILDerwood Cheshire, please refer to this page.
How much does it cost to visit BeWILDerwood Cheshire?
Admission prices are based on height:
Please see BeWILDerwood's website for more information on admission prices and opening dates.
BeWILDerwood also hosts special events throughout the year such as BeWILDermuddle, The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade, and A Sparkly Light & Panto Trail. Do check out their website for details on what's on across the year.
Are dogs allowed in BeWILDerwood?
No dogs (except assistance dogs).
Where is BeWILDerwood Cheshire?
BeWILDerwood is located to the North of Whitchurch along the A49. The full address is Malpas, Bickley Moss, Cheshire, Whitchurch SY13 4JF.
Parking is free.
BeWILDerwood Cheshire is truly a magical place where families can have a great day immersing themselves in nature and imagination. If you're looking for a unique day out with your kids, this whimsical wonderland is the perfect destination. So, gather your family, embrace the adventure, and get befuddled in the marvellous world of BeWILDerwood!
Don't forget to check out our YouTube Vlog for a glimpse of the magic that awaits you at BeWILDerwood Cheshire.
Dress comfortably and for the weather as BeWILDerwood is outdoors. Wearing long-sleeved clothing is definitely recommended, as the slides can be hot in the summer months and may also cause friction burns. BeWILDerwood advises wearing long sleeves and trousers.
Wear sturdy footwear suitable for walking and playing on various terrains. It can get muddy, especially after rainfall.
Pack a backpack with essentials such as sunscreen, hats, water bottles, and snacks to keep your little adventurers energised.
I did get bitten quite a few times on my legs, so if you're visiting in summer I'd definitely take some form of bug-repellent spray.
Disclaimer: I was gifted tickets to visit BeWILDerwood in Cheshire, but all views are my own.
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