Christmas Day is getting ever closer, but there has already been a Santa sighting. The jovial festive figure and sleigh are suspended from a Tree house on the outskirts of Wroxham.

A quick interaction with Father Christmas isn’t even the highlight of BeWILDerwood’s new Christmas experience around a sparkly light and panto trail.

The illuminated adventure along the boardwalks of the popular woodland attraction, at Hoveton in Norfolk, are magical - particularly for the energetic little feet we took with us, which hurried to see what was around the next corner.

From a village of snowmen, to a colony of gingerbread men, enchantingly decorated Christmas trees and a colourful candy canes there is plenty to see lit up in the branches along a largely buggy friendly route under the zip wires and wooden structures enjoyed by daytime visitors.

The accompanying music really gets you in the Christmas spirit.

A particular favourite was the giant Christmas pudding and cheeky pink mice.

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For young visitors, BeWILDerwood gently introduces the concept of panto on the storytelling stage - but without the pressure of a long show.

In the ten-minute mini performance the enchanted audience learn what Santa Claus is doing visiting the 'WILD' woods. Will the curious characters of BeWILDerwood be able to save Christmas before it’s too late? 

The cast includes reindeer and rabbit puppets and elves and involves the obligatory singing and loud participation, much to the amusement of the young revellers.

It was a nice way to rest little legs during a walk which took about an hour at a gentle stroll, with a curious three-year-old leading the way.

Food trucks situated in the vicinity of the festive pantomine stage offered copious hot chocolate drinks, hot dogs and loaded roasties to sustain any young explorers with hunger pangs.

How to book

Tickets are £15.50 per person and must be booked in advance online. When booking you will be asked to select an arrival time slot, which are every half hour from 4pm – 6pm. The event will last around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Tickets are still available for the 'BeWILDerwood Presents Christmas' experience every day from December 15 to December 23. 

Is this event accessible for wheelchairs and prams/pushchairs?

The advice from the BeWILDerwood official website is as follows

The trail is accessible for wheelchairs and prams. However, given the natural woodland setting and the typical British weather, in some areas the pathways can become a little muddy, which may be a little tricky but not totally inaccessible. 

Are dogs allowed?

We do not allow dogs into BeWILDerwood (except assistance dogs). We do not allow dogs to stay in cars or on leads outside the park. 

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