Challenge Woods - Outdoor kid's play area, Norwich

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If you want to find fun things to do in Norwich with children, Challenge Woods is a great option for all the family. Watch your little ones explore, swing, climb and zip their way around our stunning outdoor wooden play space. Our latest additions include; a sandpit, two mini slides, a mini climbing wall, and cargo nets! Whether you’re at a loose end and wondering what to do in half term or simply looking for a fun but inexpensive activity to do with the kids on the weekend, Challenge Woods is the perfect place.

The Nest’s Challenge Woods offers 330m2 of outdoor play, built into the surrounding trees and woodland. Perfect for birthday parties, groups or for families looking for a place to play outdoors, the area is equipped with walkways, ladders, ropes, climbing wall, slide, swing, zip lines – children will love it!

Challenge Woods

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Admission prices

4-17 years – £3

0-3 years old – Free

Please see our FAQs for recommended age guidance

Accompanying Adults – £2

Wheelchair users – Free

Carers (18+) of disabled visitors – Free, as long as the disabled visitor is in receipt of DLA or PIP.

Children must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a responsible adult.

About the Challenge Woods

The Challenge Woods is an exciting flexible wooden play space built around the trees in the woods. The design has a series of raised walkways, play equipment, slides, ladders, ropes, cargo nets, a 35-metre zip line, 9-metre toddler zip line, swing, treehouse and a climbing wall.

Sensory activities enable learning and participation for those with physical and mental disabilities.


Wheelchair users enter the woods for free as some areas of the woods cannot be easily accessed. The ramps to the tree house is accessible for assisted wheelchair users.

Birthday parties

A party like no other! Prices start at just £120 for 15 children. See our children’s Birthday Party packages.

Group & Schools bookings

A maximum of 50 children and adults can use the Challenge Woods at the same time. For exclusive use, of the Challenge Woods, or for group bookings, please contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can use the Challenge Woods?

The Challenge Woods has been designed to accommodate children ages 4+ depending on their confidence, skills and height. Younger children or SEN children may require parent / carer assistance to access some of the areas.

Younger children (ages 0-3) are welcome to try the equipment out with parent supervision.

While there is no max. age limit to the Challenge Woods, the equipment is aimed at those under the age of 12.

What will I need to wear?

We would advise you to wear comfy flat shoes or trainers and dress appropriately for the weather.

Can I buy food & drink?

Yes, our café in the Hub building has a wide selection of snacks, hot food and drinks, and is open every day (excl. bank holidays).

What if it snows or there is lightning during my booked slot?

If we have to close for bad weather, a credit note will be provided for you to rebook another day.

Terms & Conditions

View our booking terms and conditions here.

The Woods were primarily funded by Norfolk County Council, and are kindly sponsored by P J Spillings.