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Southwold Maize Maze in Suffolk, a lovely way to spend a family day out


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Southwold Maize Maze

Have you ever thought about giving a "Maize Maze" a go? You may have seen signs around, pointing you in the direction of a maize maze - well, we thought we'd give one a try, and the maize maze we went to was in Southwold.

Southwold Maize Maze - with the central bridge Southwold Maize Maze - with the central bridge in the distance

For those who aren't familiar with a maize maze, the maze is cut into crops of maize (or sweetcorn), which means this isn't a year-round activity. Most of these mazes open around the beginning of July when the crop is high enough, and close at the of August when the maize is harvested. Southwold Maize Maze opened on the 20th July 2013, and runs until 4th September 2013.

We picked a sunny day at the beginning of August to try the Southwold Maize Maze. A family ticket cost us £15.50 - so not an expensive way to while away a few hours. You get more than just a maze at Southwold: a large bouncy cushion, climbing frame, sandpit, ride on tractors for the younger children, and pedal go-carts for the older children are all included. There is also a café serving tea, coffee, snacks and locally produced ice-cream - which means after the maze extravaganza you can have a sit down with a proper mug of tea or coffee. And the nippers can carry on running around.

But first, the maze.

In Southwold Maize Maze Getting stuck into Southwold Maize Maze

The layout of Southwold Maize Maze is different each year, with a local landmark being the subject of the maze. This year that landmark is Orford Castle. You are given a map at the start, and a card with eight stamps to collect. All eight stamps are dotted around the maze: Martello Tower at Aldeburgh, Southwold lighthouse, Lowestoft wind turbine, Blythburgh Church, Sizewell, Thorpeness' House in the Clouds, Orford Castle and Snape Maltings all getting a mention. Should you find all eight stamps, a lollypop is awarded at the end.

Don't think this is an easy task! The maize is about 7ft tall, which means there's no peaking over the top. And after an hour or so you'll be reaching for the map. The children love running ahead, and checking the various paths for dead ends, or the all-important stamp. Occasionally one or more might take a few wrong turns and you'll hear that shout of "mum... dad....".

The bridge at the centre of Southwold Maize Maze We made it to the centre of Southwold Maize Maze!

At the centre of the maze you'll find a wooden bridge. A superb place to take a breather - benches to take the weight off your feet; and some great views from the top.

The video below was taken from the bridge, and gives you a panoramic view of fields and the River Blyth in the distance.



One of the best things about Southwold Maize Maze is the peace and quiet! No flashing lights; no array of shops clambering for your money. Just a good few hours wandering around in the fresh air - while having a laugh with the family.

Southwold Maize Maze is easy to find too, you don't have to meander down countless backroads - you'll find it straight off the A1095 (off the A12).
The cafe at Southwold Maize Maze Time for a treat after finding all 8 stamps

You can find out more details about Southwold Maize Maze at www.southwoldmaizemaze.co.uk.

Finally, should you fancy taking a holiday in this area, you can find holiday cottages and parks near Southwold Maize Maze below.


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Code: E3042
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Code: E5456
Sleeps:2
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Code: 13293
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Code: E2098
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Code: BFG
Sleeps:5
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Code: E5115
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