The Maize Maze

Ansty Rainbow Maize Maze

Our Rainbow Maize Maze is now open! We were delighted to welcome The Earl of Pembroke and the Stars Appeal Committee to come and help us pull out the last bit of maze! We are really pleased to be supporting the Stars Appeal this year, with £1 of every £6 ticket and 50p of every £3 ticket going to the Stars Appeal! The maize maze is 8 acres in size and the pathways are about 2.5 miles long!

We have designed this years maize maze with social distancing in mind and instead of our normal complex design of dead ends, twists and turns we have created one large continuous loop! Still loads of twists, plenty of turns but very few dead ends! The maize is already very tall so you still get the feeling of being lost, but without being lost!

There are still plenty of fun games and quizzes to try as you walk around.  There again this is slightly different to previous years! Normally we have more interactive games to play but this year they are mostly visual! Lots of quiz boards to find and questions to solve! Hidden throughout the maze pathways we are hiding tiny rainbow pieces! Blink and you could miss one! It is the only game we are asking you to bring back one piece per group! If you bring us one piece back you could win a “star” cookie!

Great summer fun for the whole family!

The 8 acre challenge is a great puzzle for the whole family. Navigate your way through the rainbow, find the star and walk in the clouds!  Half way around you can walk up onto the huge viewing platform. If you look down one way you can see the massive NHS. Turn around and you can see the tip of the huge star!

Open 18th July to 20th September 2020

£6 per person
3yrs – 4yrs £3
2 and under free

Please phone to book a time slot

Please note that the field is bumpy. The paths are wide enough for push chairs and wheelchairs, but the ground is uneven. Sorry – no dogs.

History of The Ansty Maize Maze

This great local attraction started in 1999 and was one of the first Maize Mazes in the Country. We were growing maize to feed our dairy cows and K announced that she thought it would be a great idea to pull some of it out to create a maize maze! This had mixed responses with the rest of the family who were very dubious about pulling out some of the crop to make the pathways! It started in 1999 with a 2 acre pirate ship and over the years it got bigger and better and very popular.

 

 

Ansty Rainbow Maize Maze Quiz Sheet

Hidden throughout the maize maze are various games and quizzes. Please print out a copy of the quiz sheet and bring it along with you to fill out! Please bring a pen or pencil too!

Rainbow 2020 Quiz Answer sheet

 

How we designed the mazes

All the mazes were hand drawn on old fashioned squared maths paper. In later years this was then transferred on to CAD’

If there was a large national or international event we tried to theme the maze around that: Olympics, Jubilee years, The Queens Birthday, etc. The hardest maze we ever made was the Olympic Maze in 2004.

How we made the mazes

The very first year we made a large wooden square that was the correct size for one square on the maths paper! Then 4 people held the massive wooden square in the field whilst one person pulled out the relevant unwanted crop. The maze was 2 acres in size and took 6 weeks to make.
We then progressed into “the battleship” era, where the field was marked out with garden canes and fencing posts and we produced a grid system in the field. It was then possible to pull out square B9 and D2 as we went.
The last few years were done with GPS and we were able to accurately mark out all the pathways with just one person in 14 hours making the 8 acre puzzle.

Come and walk or run your Thank You

Fantastically the way this years maize maze is designed you can run or walk your Thank You to the NHS and have a brilliant Thank You map written onto your fitness app! We are opening the maze early and late for group bookings for any walking or running clubs who would like to take us up on our challenge! Who can walk or run the best map! Who can (safely) do it in the quickest time! Entry for this is £5, and 50% of that we will donate to the Stars Appeal! Please phone to book a time slot. Bacon butties can also be prebooked for some much needed sustenance afterwards!!

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