Monday, 31 July 2017

Africa Alive Review

Whilst on holiday in Norfolk we decided to visit Africa Alive.  As the name suggests the Zoo is mostly based on animals you would find in Africa.  All the enclosures look large and well maintained.  It is a much smaller zoo than I had anticipated and you could easily walk around the whole place at a leisurely pace in 2 hours.  I therefore think the price is slightly high.  If you pick up a leaflet available on most holiday sites they contain a discount code for a free child with 2 full paying adults.  The on the gate price for an adult is £21.95.  With the free child it does make it better value.

The Zoo has a roadtrain that takes you around the park and gives you more information on some of the animals and also has The Mighty Zulu Nation Troupe performing twice a day.  Sadly we missed most of the performance and couldn't wait until 3pm for the 2nd show but they looked and sounded amazing.

As well of the large African animals there is also farm corner and a small play area.

The Zoo opens at 9.30 each day but closing times vary depending on the time of year so check the website.  Parking is FREE.  As the Zoo is a charity they do ask for a small donation and gift aid.

Daily admissionStandard price
(Inc. donation)
Standard price
(Exc. donation)
Child (ages 3-15 years)£15.95£14.50
Senior citizens (aged from 65 years)£19.95£18.10
Registered disabled child / adult / carer£10.95£9.95

Overall I think the Zoo is nice but due to the size not great value for a family of four.  If you take a picnic and watch the show and go to the daily feeding talks you may be able to comfortably extend your stay.  It was lovely seeing the animals and it clearly is a very cared for environment.  I would recommend but I'd plan my visit differently to get the most out of it.

If you'd like to watch my YouTube video of our visit click on the link.

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Bewilderwood - Review

Last week we were holidaying in Norfolk and visited the lovely Bewilderwood.

Bewilderwood is a forest adventure park full of fairy houses, slides, swings and zip wires.

The park would suit most primary school age children.  Older children may still enjoy it with siblings as the zip wires and slippery slopes seemed to appeal to all ages.

The park is truly beautiful with so much attention to detail.  My son loved spotting the little houses & declared himself a twiggle. It is very easy to navigate the park and it is well signposted.

Highlights for us were the Skymaze, Slippery Slopes and the Swings.  My son also enjoyed some crafts in The Big Hat and we all enjoyed the little boat ride on the Scaaary Lake.

Unfortunately I had a leg injury so couldn't join in as much as I wanted but this means I can 100% confirm that the park is suitable for all.  I was worried about the uneven surfaces of a forest but it was fine with wide pathways.  It was a little hilly but perfectly manageable and I saw lots of buggies and a couple of wheelchairs and everyone was managing fine.

You can also listen to interactive storytelling which we didn't participate in but looked very engaging for the little ones.  My children as 6 and 10 and preferred all the running around and adventure.  There is also free face painting.

We ate in the park and for 5 of us it did work out expensive but you can take in picnics.  It was nice to see plenty of healthy options on the menu which was a very pleasant change from most family parks. 

I would highly recommend the park for an unusual, outdoors, back to nature family trip.  It's a shame we live so far away as I'd live to go back for The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade which runs 14th October to 29th October.

Here's all the park details if you are planning a trip -

The park is open 10am to 5.30pm.  Last admission 4pm.
It is not open in the winter.  Closed November to February.
Prices these are if booked online prior to arriving -
Born to BeWILD (Under 92cm) Free
Almost WILD (92-105cm) £14.95
BeWILD Now (over 105cm)£16.95
Used to BeWILD (65 years+) £8.95

The park address is Horning Road, Hoveton, Norfolk, NR12 8JW.
Telephone number 01692 633033
Website BeWILDerwood

Disclaimer: We received tickets for free in exchange for a review.  All thoughts are my own.

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