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10 ways to ... get lost! Amazing maize mazes in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire

PUBLISHED: 15:08 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:08 26 July 2017

The Star Wars themed Skylark Maize Maze at Manea. Picture: Ian Burt

The Star Wars themed Skylark Maize Maze at Manea. Picture: Ian Burt

Where to be amazed at maize and other mazes and run through cornfields without being naughty

Storm Troopers with actor Tim Rose at the Star Wars themed Skylark Maize Maze. Picture: Ian BurtStorm Troopers with actor Tim Rose at the Star Wars themed Skylark Maize Maze. Picture: Ian Burt

1 Hirsty’s Family Fun Park, Hemsby, near Yarmouth.

Celebrate 40 years of Star Wars with Hirsty’s sheep-themed Baah Wars maze. And when you’ve found your way out of the maze there are climbing frames, bouncy castles, a zip wire, go-karts, crazy croquet and toy tractors, plus the chance to meet Hirsty the farmer and take a tractor and trailer ride round his farm.

Open daily.

Hirsty's Family Fun Park, (from left), Richard, Robert, Ellie and Katrina Hirst. Picture: TMS MediaHirsty's Family Fun Park, (from left), Richard, Robert, Ellie and Katrina Hirst. Picture: TMS Media

www.hirstysfamilyfunpark.co.uk

2 Skylark Star Wars Maize Maze, Wimblington, near March.

Farmer and Star Wars fan Edward Gowler created a tribute to the 40 year old cult sci-fi series by cutting a maize complete with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Hans Solo, Darth Vader and the Deathstar.

The 2016 Maize Maze at Southwold, showing the change in farming from horse and plough to modern tractors.The 2016 Maize Maze at Southwold, showing the change in farming from horse and plough to modern tractors.

The huge maze at the Skylark Garden Centre is made up of more than a million maize plants.

Open daily.

www.skylark-events.co.uk

The maze at Somerleyton Hall. Picture: Andy DarnellThe maze at Somerleyton Hall. Picture: Andy Darnell

3 Southwold Maize Maze.

Southwold, like many mazes, reveals a new pattern through its cornfields every year.

The latest design is a tribute to the American airmen who served in East Anglia during the Second World War. The “Friendly Invasion” maze includes information boards about the American Air Force in East Anglia.

A walkway above the maze gives visitors an overview of the maze, plus views across the marshes and down to the river, and there are also jumping pillows, pedal karts and tractors, a giant swing and sand-pit.

The labyrinth in the cloisters at Norwich Cathedral, when it was installed in 2003. Picture: Bill SmithThe labyrinth in the cloisters at Norwich Cathedral, when it was installed in 2003. Picture: Bill Smith

Open daily. Navigate the maze by torchlight on Saturday, August 26, when all proceeds go to charity.

www.southwoldmaizemaze.co.uk

5 The Wizard Maze and Play, Metton, near Cromer.

This field full of fun includes the maize maze itself plus farm animals, a wet sponge stocks, crazy golf, jumping pillows, pedal carts and tractors, a straw bale mountain, tractor train, quad bikes, climbing frame, sings and slides basket swing,

Open daily.

www.northnorfolkwizardmaze.co.uk

5 Hundred River Farm, near Beccles.

This is a working farm which specialises in activities for families and youth groups. Its maze has been delighting children since 2010 and the farm also runs workshops every afternoon through the summer holidays. Most are free, although donations are appreciated. Make bird boxes on Mondays (£5 fee for materials), go bug hunting on Tuesdays, plant seeds to take home on Wednesdays, see owls on Thursdays, try drumming on Fridays and make owl puppets on Saturdays and Sundays.

Open daily.

www.hundredriverfarm.co.uk

6 Squirrel Maze, Thetford Forest.

Children can climb inside a giant wooden squirrel when they reach the heart of the maze at High Lodge. This forest wonderland for all the family also has adventure play areas with equipment to suit everyone from toddlers to teens and beyond, a sound trail with giant musical instruments, bike and segway trails, forest canopy adventures and much more.

Open daily.

www.forestry.gov.uk

7 Somerleyton Maze

The gardens of Somerleyton Hall include one of the finest yew hedge mazes in Britain. The maze was planted 171 years ago and has been intriguing and delighting people ever since.

The gardens are open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and bank holidays through the summer.

www.somerleyton.co.uk

8 Priory Maze, Beeston Regis, near Sheringham.

The design of this beautiful copper beech maze is based on the ruins of the next door priory. Get a birds-eye view of the maze and beautiful gardens from a platform where the cloisters would once have been.

Open daily.

www.priorymazegardens.co.uk

9 Saffron Walden, Essex

The earliest known mention of the large turf maze on the town common was in 1699 but the maze could be much older. The grass grows each year to form the walls of the maze, alongside a winding brick path which is almost a mile long.

Another turf maze in Hilton, north of Cambridge, has a stone in the middle revealing it was cut in 1660 by 19- year-old William Sparrow, to commemorate the restoration of Charles II to the throne.

10 Norwich Cathedral

A labyrinth, created to mark the Queen’s golden jubilee, lies at the heart of the cathedral’s ancient cloisters. A continuous path rather than a puzzle, visitors are encouraged to walk to the centre of the labyrinth, and then out again, as a meditative experience.

www.cathedral.org.uk

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