Mazes In And Around The North East

Mazes; a challenge for all the family.

Do you enjoy the competition of being the first to find your way to the middle or is the fear of never getting back out too much?

If you’re a fan of mazes, prepare to be bamboozled among the bamboo and mystified in the middle of the maize as I share our favourites from around the region.


Alnwick Garden Bamboo Maze, Alnwick

In the Labyrinth, as bamboo sways and rustles noisily in the wind, obscuring the Garden’s other sights and sounds, the twisting paths of the maze run almost stream-like amongst the bamboo. A fun Labyrinth that was designed by Adrian Fisher, an international maze-maker. The maze is made from the bamboo Fargesia Rufa, a new Chinese variety.

Material: Bamboo

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Time: 10-20 mins

Price: Included In Garden Entry Cost

Difficulty: 🀯

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Website: https://www.alnwickgarden.com

Image by Alnwick Garden

Copleys Corn Maze, West Yorkshire

Farmer Copleys have one of the largest Corn Maize Mazes in Great Britain with a mini maze for smaller children and a large maze for families to enjoy together.

Material: Corn

Permanent Feature: ❌ (opens 31/7/2021)

Time: 1-2 hours

Price: TBC

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Website: https://farmercopleys.co.uk/events/copleys-corn-maze/

Image by Farmer Copleys

Forbidden Corner, Leyburn

Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park. A tourist visitor attraction unlike anywhere that you have been before, ideal for the adventurers and those young at heart!”

Material: Everything

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Time: At least 2-3 hours

Price: Family (2 adults + 2 children): Β£48.00

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Website: https://www.theforbiddencorner.co.uk

Image by Forbidden Corner

The Great Ryedale Maze, North Yorkshire

The Great Ryedale Maze is an attraction for all the family nestled in beautiful countryside at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds. There’s a field full of fun with nine acres of maize plants and never-ending paths to explore, and for younger adventurers there’s a two-acre Scarecrow Mini-Maze. The Vintage Funfair offers thrills for adults and children alike aboard the 1930s Speedway, Dodgems and Chair-o-plane, while the Hush Hush train ride and Swing Boats will delight the little ones. Test your skills at the game stalls and win a prize every time. For some competitive family fun have a go at Football Darts, then enjoy live entertainment in the Big Top.

Material: Corn

Permanent Feature: ❌ (opens 14/7/2021)

Time: 30-45 mins

Price: TBC

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Website: https://m.facebook.com/greatryedalemaze/


Leases Park Maze, Newcastle

This 24-metre square maze is made up of (adult) waist-high hedges and is overlooked by the Moffat Pavilion. The maze was designed by Newcastle school children and sees the maze split into quarters, each a different colour, to represent the four elements – red for fire, blue for water, yellow for air and green for earth.

Material: Evergreens

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Time: 5-10 mins

Price: Free

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Website: https://urbangreennewcastle.org/our-green-spaces/find-your-park/leazes-park

Image by H.Duff via Facebook

Minotaur Maze, Kielder

The Minotaur Maze is located in the grounds of Kielder Castle and is a must for children and adults alike. The adventurous will discover a number of special features that include a set of stairs taking visitors above the walls. The final goal, a small glittering room formed from rocks of recycled glass is a quiet place from which to contemplate the task of discovering a return route to the outside world.

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Time: 10-15 mins

Price: Free

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Website: http://www.visitkielder.com/garden/minotaur-nick-coombe-shona-kitchen-2003

Image by Kielder Waterside

Nelly’s Labyrinth, Cragside

Nelly’s Labyrinth at Cragside, named after a reputed local witch, is a tangle of secret paths and tunnels which are cut into a huge rhododendron forest.

Material: Rhododendron (woody plants)

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Time: 20-30 mins

Price: Included In Property Entry Cost

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Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Image by National Trust

Pirate Quest, Tynemouth Park

This interactive maze and scavenger hunt will test your seafaring skills. Are you brave enough to walk the plank or face the scurvy seadogs? Can you sail the seven seas and find the wreck of the pirate ghost ship or will you be all washed-up? Your swashbuckling kids can take part in the exciting treasure trail and win a few pieces of eight!

Material: Artificial Hedges

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Time: 10-20 mins

Price: Β£2 per person

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Website: https://www.tynemouthpark.com/attraction/pirate-quest/

Image by Tynemouth Park

Saltwell Park Maze, Gateshead

A small maze ideal for the younger ones. The entire maze can be observed from a higher view point so if your children get lost you can help guide them.

Material: Evergreens

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Time: 5-10 mins

Price: Free

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Website: https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/3958/Saltwell-Park


Spilmans Maize Maze, North Yorkshire

At Spilmans you can have a go at finding your way through the corn crop, which has been cut into a magical unicorn.

Material: Corn

Permanent Feature: ❌

Time: 10-20 mins

Price: Β£3 per child

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Website: https://www.spilmans.co.uk/maze/

Image by Spilmans

York Maze, York

Created from over one million maize plants, York Maze is not just the largest maze in the UK it’s an award winning fun filled, day out in the country. With over 20 different rides, attractions and shows to enjoy, York Maze offers an amazing fun-filled family day out.

Material: Corn

Permanent Feature: ❌ (opens 17/7/2021)

Time: 1-2 hours

Price: TBC

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Website: https://www.yorkmaze.com

Image by York Maze

Lakeland Maze Farm Park, Kendal

A little out of our region but well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area. Back in 2004, farm owners Graham and Jane decided to grow a maize maze and open their doors to the public. Since then the park has expanded to include play equipment, petting areas, purpose built all weather mazes, a cafe and soft play areas.

Material: Corn

Permanent Feature: ❌ (opens 15/7/2021)

Time: 1-2 hours

Price: TBC

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Website: https://www.lakelandmaze.co.uk

Image by Lakeland Maze Farm

These are our favourites, if I’ve missed yours out let me know in the comments.

Image from the first time we attempted Nelly’s Labyrinth