Boggles, Twiggles & Thorny Crocklebogs!
A few weeks ago we started to read the Tom Blofield story ‘A Boggle at BeWILDerwood’, that tells of Swampy, a marsh boggle and the adventures he has in the world of Bewilderwood. Along the way he joins up with his cousin Moss and a twiggle named Leaflette and they journey accross the broken bridge, down slippery slopes, meet a thornyclod spider and a vegetarian crocklebog with a lisp called Mildred.
The language in the book is quite advanced (even for me!), but at the end of each nightly chapter a few questions ensured that J understood what was happening and where the story was going!
With some careful planning we finished the story on Friday night. On Saturday we set off, with our friends Charlie, Daz, Toby & Evan, on our very own boggle adventure, in Norfolk’s very own magical world of BeWILDerwood!
And it really is magical! We started off on a boat ride through the Dismal Dyke where you can see the Boggle Village, and onto the Sccaaaaary Lake, home of the star of the show – Mildred the Crocklebog! True to the book, Mildred has some rather unsavoury habits and snorted a load of water all over the boat, making us all jump!
The boat ride only really takes a few minutes, and then the real fun begins. Once you have decided which way to turn you are met with all sorts of things to do. We started off with some den building – an area dedicated to constructing your very own shelter, or in our case we claimed squatters rights on an already built den with J & Toby adding a few final finishing touches!
We then spent some time in Toddlewood Valley, one of 2 dedicated areas for the younger members of the family. There are tall towers, small zip wires and stepping stones to negotiate. This area was great but the eye’s of the boys (big & small) were fixed on the bigger stuff!
Huge treehouses, slides, zip wires, tunnels, the broken bridge and a very muddy mudlde maze kept us entertained for hours. in my quest to get a good picture of the boys coming down the slippery slope they came off the end and landed face first in the mud – and I didn’t even get a picture!
There are plenty of places to stop and get a drink or bite to eat and the prices are reasonable. Whilst we had a drink, J was drawn to the music coming from the Big Hat tent and went to join in with a dance all about the characters. Also in the tent were various craft tables where you could make your own handbag or tiara just like Mildred’s or have your face painted (for a small fee).
All the time we were on the look out for large coloured butterflies around the woods so we could claim a special reward at the end, if we spotted them all! The weather was not fantastic but due to all the trees we really didn’t get very wet! Because of the weather though we didn’t go along to any of the story telling times (I’m not sure if they went ahead in the rain) and we didn’t take part in the Crocklebog Challenge situated near the entrance and not particularly sheltered.
If you were wondering about last week’s Silent Sunday post, it was taken here at the FarTree where lost shoes end up!
At 4 and nearly 3 the boys were able to do most things, but equally the adults found plenty to amuse themselves too. The most surprising thing is how accessible everywhere was for a buggy – at only a few months old Evan couldn’t really do much, but he was able to see everything and go almost everywhere.
BeWILDerwood is a fantastic family day out, even the weather couldn’t spoil it. Even without reading the books you can’t fail to be taken in by the story surrounding it. A trip to the Bizarre Bazaar before leaving saw us bringing home our very own Mildred, who is now part of the family!
Whilst we were there they were hosting Mildred’s Crocklebog Capers, other events take place around the year – the next is at Halloween - Snagglefang’s Spooky Spectacular, see the website for details. Entrance starts at £8.50 and varies depending on height (those under 3 feet go free) and annual passes start at £30 – great value for such a fantastic adventure playground. It is open from February until October half term although not every day during term time.
We had a brilliant day out at BeWILDerwood, for the purpose of writing this review we were granted free entry which we were very grateful for!