Mazes in Norfolk For A Fun Day Out

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close up of the maize from a maize maze

Do you have what it takes to find your way out of a maze? There are several mazes in Norfolk where the whole family can give it a go.

Whether you prefer a maize maze or a hedge maze, you can make it a day out at a farm. Let me share the best mazes in Norfolk.

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Types of Mazes in Norfolk

In Norfolk we have two types of mazes – maize and hedge. While the plants creating the mazes may be different, that does not affect the experience for the visitor.

When choosing a maze to visit in Norfolk, look at the other attractions it offers, the admission price, and the opening days. A hedge maze has a much longer season than a maize maze, but unfortunately we don’t have any that are open all year.

If you are looking for more family-friendly activities, check out our recommendations for the best things to do in Norfolk with kids.

Maize Mazes in Norfolk

A maize maze is a network of paths through a maize field that you have to find your way through. It’s like a life-sized puzzle that you need to solve. As a bonus, these paths sometimes create a picture when viewed from above.

We have four maize mazes in Norfolk, two of which are new for 2022! All have other attractions to enjoy when you visit. Unfortunately, these mazes are only open for a short time as the crop is harvested and replanted each year.

Keep in mind that in very wet weather the mazes may need to be close because the paths can get muddy and slippery.

Hirsty’s Family Fun Park

2023 Open Dates: 22 July – 5 September

Hirsty’s is a working farm with a fun park. You can learn how they look after their animals and crops and enjoy their play equipment and Mega Maze. It’s all included in the entry price.

In addition to the maze, they have a barrel train, bale mountain, zipwire, soft play, bouncy castles, go-karting, rope pyramid, trampolines, climbing frames, jumping pillows (which were new for 2022) and more! During October, they also have a pumpkin patch.

You can bring your own picnic or check out their café which offers a wide range of hot and cold food and drinks like burgers, sandwiches, cakes, and coffee.

Dogs are allowed at Hirsty’s Fun Park, they just ask that owners are responsible and clear up after them.

It’s best to book your tickets online in advance here as they can sell out. During the Halloween Hoot event, entry price for children includes one pumpkin that can be carved onsite.

Get more information here.

Pumpkin House Near Thursford

2023 Open Dates: 26 July – 30 August, Wednesday – Sunday

The farm that became famous on Instagram with its unique pumpkin patch in 2021, has created a 5-acre Pumpkin House shaped maze with a border of sunflowers. You will get a map to help you navigate your way through and you might see vintage machinery, scarecrows and the odd surprise.

In addition to the maze, they also have tractor tyre sand pits with buckets and spades for lots of digging and hay bale towers to climb. Hot and cold drinks will be available along with ice cream.

They will have sunflowers you can pick if you visit in August. On select days, they will also have the vintage organ playing.

You don’t need to book tickets in advance, they accept cash or credit cards. Parking is free.

No children under 16 are allowed in the maze without an adult and they must be supervised at all times.

During the Maize Maze event, dogs are allowed on site, but they must be on a lead at all times and all dog waste must be taken home with you. 

Get more information here.

Wroxham Barns

2023 Open Dates: Summer Holidays 22 July to 5 September and October Half Term Dates TBC, check social media

Introduced in 2022, the 2-acre maize maze at Wroxham Barns has 1.7 metre walkways to explore. The summer maze is pig-themed and you will get a prize for finding your way around (collecting all of Farmer Robins tools) and out. During October, there is a Halloween-themed maze.

The maize maze is included with your admission to the Junior Farm and Fun Park. The Junior Farm and Fun Park offer various activities, educational talks, a 18-hole mini golf course, and unlimited rides. The rides include the Wroxham Barns Train, Pirate Ship, Toyset ride, Go-Karts, Water Wars, Jumping Frogs, and more.

During the summer holidays, tickets also include the family foam parties (15:00 every day), access to pick carrots (depending on availability), and the new Sunflower Meadow (if you visit when the sunflowers are in bloom for a few weeks in August).

When you visit for the Pumpkin Festival in October, each child ticket includes a pumpkin and there is an area onsite where it can be carved.

All tickets for Junior Farm and Fun Park (including season ticket and voucher holders) must be pre-booked online here prior to your visit.

Wroxham Barns is located a few miles from the village of Wroxham. They have plenty of free parking including disabled spaces.

Get more information here.

The Wizard Maze and Play, Metton

2023 Open Dates: 22 July – 3 September

Wizard Maze and Play first opened in the Summer of 2003 with a five acre maze in a 2 metre high corn field and has grown steadily to now cover over 12 acres of a field with a large play area and excellent catering facilities. It is located three miles from Cromer, close to Felbrigg Hall, a National Trust site.

There is a lot to do here in addition to the maize maze. You can meet the farm animals (don’t miss the cute Pygmy goats), bounce on the jumping pillows, take a tractor train ride around the maze, and speed down the zip wire. They also have an interactive shed and craft shack, crazy golf, pedal carts, straw bale mountain, coin operated electric quad bikes, and more!

Adults can sit and watch the children play, if they prefer. There are picnic benches with umbrellas where you can enjoy a selection of refreshments from the Wizard Farm Café.

No need to book, just turn up and pay. Your admission includes all of the attractions except coin operated quad bikes. There is free parking.

They have good wheelchair access and disabled toilets, but they do not allow dogs.

Get the details here.

Maize Mazes Near Norfolk

If you have done the maize mazes in Norfolk and are looking for more, there are some options nearby that are worth checking out.

Southwold Maize Maze

2023 Open Dates: Everyday 22 July through August, check social media for September and October dates

Head to Southwold in Suffolk where you can enjoy two maize mazes along with a play park, lovely river walks, a cafe, and a new stone baked pizza kitchen. During the October half-term they pumpkin picking and Halloween-themed activities.

The play park features pedal go-karts, a fast double zip line (for ages 7-18 only), ride on tractors (for under 7 only), nest swing, climbing towers and slides, two large sand pits, and three jumping pillows.

On sunny days, you will want to bring socks to wear on the jumping pillows. Unfortunately the pillows cannot be used when wet so you won’t be able to use them during your visit if it rains.

Keep in mind that no dogs (except guide dogs) are allowed in the maze or play park and they only accept card payments.

You can book online in advance here.

Hedge Mazes in Norfolk

With a hedge maze, the paths run between hedges. You need to find your way to the centre or target point. As a bonus, these paths sometimes create a picture when viewed from above.

Norfolk does have at least one hedge maze. Unlike maize mazes it does not need to be replanted each year, but unfortunately, it’s still not open year round.

Priory Maze and Gardens

Just next to the Beeston Priory ruins near Sheringham, you will find the Priory Maze and Gardens. The 7 foot tall hedge maze was planted in the late 1980s.

It has copper beech trees that copy the layout of the priory with hornbeam to create the maze. There is no middle to the maze; instead there is a viewing platform where you can plot your way out.

In addition to the maze, kids can enjoy crawling through hobbit holes and racing down slides by the Meadow Stream Garden. They can try pond dipping and then head to the play area in the Pine Walk.

When you visit the maze, you should also allow time to see the priory ruins which are only a short walk away.

Dogs are allowed everywhere at Priory Maze, except inside the café, but you need to keep them on leads at all times and clean up after them.

The Maze and Gardens typically open each May for the season, but dates can vary. Check their facebook page here for the most up to date information.

You don’t need to book in advance, you can just pay for entrance to the Gardens and Maze when you arrive. It is free to visit the cafe and plant centre. There is also free parking.

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