Looking for something to do with the kids this summer? How about an award-winning attraction that requires them to use their brains as well as enjoying some stunning scenery?
Wistow Maze attracts over 20,000 visitors a year and was not only awarded Leicestershire’s ‘Best Visitor Attraction’, it was also given the coveted ‘Award for Excellence’ by Trip Advisor. So, find out what all the fuss is about and plan your visit today!
What is it?
Every year since 2004, Wistow Maze is created in a brand-new design from 8 acres of living maize and sunflower crop. This year they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first ever moon landing with an awesome maze in the shape of an astronaut!
Visitors can follow the Quiz Trail along 3 miles of pathways, answering questions and brain teasers along the way. They can also enjoy stunning panoramic views of the beautiful rolling countryside from the bridges and towers within the maze.
How do they make it?
You might wonder how on earth they get the maze into the final shapes – it’s done using GPS satellite technology! Creating the maze is a team effort; every year they decide on a theme and a design to go with it. You can view all the designs from past years on the website.
A design specialist creates the pattern using computer software, which is then plotted on the field with surprising accuracy. Finally, lines are painted to show where the paths will go, and the seeds are planted in May to ensure the maze is high enough by the summer.
When the season is over, the maze doesn’t go to waste. Every bit is harvested, chopped up and fed to the cows. A truly eco-friendly attraction!
Where is it and what else can I do there?
Wistow Maze is based in the East Midlands so easy to get to from all parts of the UK. During the Summer it’s open every day (from 10am to 6pm) until the 1st of September, then weekends only until the 22nd of September. It doesn’t matter what the weather’s doing, although if it’s rainy bring your wellies as the paths can get quite muddy (as you’d expect from a field)!
As well as the main maze, you can test your skills in a variety of smaller mazes, and try your luck at hoopla, beanbag throwing and football shooting games in the Activity Funyard.
There’s more! The maze is opposite the Wistow Rural Centre, which has been recently extended and offers lots of options for eating, drinking and shopping in lovely surroundings. There’s also a model village with free entry – another great way to entertain the little ones!
With all this on offer and free parking, it’s a no-brainer to take the kids to Wistow Maze this summer!
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