New plans have been revealed for a giant North Yorkshire maze- made of 4000 tonnes of stone! Mark Ellis, a craftsman, has plans to build the maze in Pickering, Dallby Forest on the North York Moors over the next 3 years.
The venture, costing over £6000,000 is a dream for Ellis, keen to turn it into a great attraction and a showcase if drystone walling. If you don’t want to wait three years, here are some other great mazes to get the kids to. You need to go when the weather is nice though, especially if you go to maze made from maize! Because maize is an annual crop, it dies within one season May to early September so grab a picnic, stash it in your rucksack and get down to one of these fantastic mazes whilst you can!
York Maze caught our eye because this weekend it’s the Sweetcorn Festival & World Sweetcorn Eating Championships – you can even join in yourself…The maze is also home to an Inflatable maze, a BBQ, pig racing (perhaps from the bbq?) as well as slides, a maze of illusions and more.
The Great Worcester Maize Maze at Broadfields also looks like a fun day out with Sunday 18th September being Talk Like a Pirate Day for Marie Curie Cancer Care!
And for Southerners and daredevils, the Millets Farm Maze in West Sussex has Torch light nights on Fridays and Saturdays on the 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th of August and 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th and 16th and 17th of September from 7pm to 11pm so you can get lost at night! As well as the night time fun, we hear that the millets maze has ‘a-maze-ing’ food from their local farm shop. The Alice in Wonderland Maize Maze design will also excite children as well!
We could talk all day about the fun activities on offer with the maize mazes, but look here for a full list of all the Maize mazes around the UK, Scotland and Wales.
If you’d prefer a hedge maze, take a look at Longleat Safari Park, who also have a fantastic maze to get lost in, or you can go where Ernest Law in 1926 called “…the most famous Maze in the history of the world, and immeasurably the one most visited.” – Hampton Court Palace Maze.
The maze was commissioned around 1700 by William III and covers a third of an acre. It also the acclaim of being the UK’s oldest surviving hedge maze.
Plenty of twists and dead ends will keep the whole family guessing!
Whatever maze you pick, have plenty of fun getting lost!