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Adventure park welcomes two millionth visitor

PUBLISHED: 09:44 01 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:25 01 November 2019

Glowing lanterns and lights illuminate the woods at Bewilderwood during their Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade
Picture: Neil Perry / Archant

Glowing lanterns and lights illuminate the woods at Bewilderwood during their Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade Picture: Neil Perry / Archant

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A Broadland adventure park welcomed its two millionth visitor during its biggest and final event of the year, the Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade.

Lucy with her hand made lantern created for the Bewilderwood Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade
Picture: Neil Perry / ArchantLucy with her hand made lantern created for the Bewilderwood Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade Picture: Neil Perry / Archant

The team at Bewilderwood in Horning Road, Hoveton, was expecting to welcome the special visitor during the October half-term holidays.

But the weather was particularly rainy and deterred families from venturing to the woods.

This particular Wednesday, October 30, was a gloriously sunny, crisp autumn day.

Emma Ewins, the park's head of magic and mischief, said: "The event has been the most magical one yet. Despite the rain, we've still been parading our silly socks off."

Glowing lanterns and lights illuminate the woods through the mist at Bewilderwood during their Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade
Picture: Neil Perry / ArchantGlowing lanterns and lights illuminate the woods through the mist at Bewilderwood during their Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade Picture: Neil Perry / Archant

Bewilderwood's last day of the 2019 season was October 31, so they reached the magic number just in time to celebrate.

The lucky individual, Joe Ball, seven, and his family, David, Julie, and Jessica Ball, were presented with a huge basket of prizes including lifetime entry to both Bewilderwood parks, the second site in Cheshire opening next spring.

The family members were granted Very Important Twiggle status. They had travelled from Essex for a family day out and to experience the lantern parade.

The lucky family said: "This never happens to us. I can't believe it."

Tallulah Palmer with her lantern at Bewilderwood during their Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade
Picture: Neil Perry / ArchantTallulah Palmer with her lantern at Bewilderwood during their Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade Picture: Neil Perry / Archant

Bewilderwood spokeswoman Millie Batch said: "It's so wonderful to see this happen to such a lovely and appreciative family.

"We look forward to seeing them for many years for adventures in the wild woods with us. Now the Twiggles can celebrate this incredible milestone and end of the 2019 season, which has been one to remember."

Bewilderwood, which has been open to the public for 12 years, reopens for February half-term 2020.

Glowing lanterns and lights illuminate the woods at Bewilderwood during their Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade
Picture: Neil Perry / ArchantGlowing lanterns and lights illuminate the woods at Bewilderwood during their Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade Picture: Neil Perry / Archant

Glowing lights guide the parade through the woods at Bewilderwood during their Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade
Picture: Neil Perry / ArchantGlowing lights guide the parade through the woods at Bewilderwood during their Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade Picture: Neil Perry / Archant

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