Nick has been up in his plane again and has sent us this super photo of this year’s mazes.
Each year, volunteers from Gloucester host young visitors from Chernobyl. The photo shows two of the visitors enjoying the Mazes and one of the helpers.
This year the activities Maze will have a theme that celebrates 50 years since the first Moon landing.
The questions will have a theme based on the Moon – but get one wrong and you may get a surprise
We have been busy preparing for the new Elton Maize Mazes for 2018. The photo shows the seed bed being prepared. By mid July we will have a field of Maize tall enough to accommodate the Mazes.
“North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club, NGOC, organised ‘maze’ orienteering around the Maize mazes at Elton, near Newnham, Gloucestershire.
Gopro headcam video (without map) of linear course 2, navigating the maze of confusing pathways.
Score courses were also available”.
To see the video of the Orienteering at the Mazes please click this link
A visit to the Mazes is a great way to spend a day with the family and enjoy the great summer weather. Why not bring the kids along during the summer holidays?
We also have special events throughout the summer – see our events pages for details. Coming up soon is our “It’s a Dog’s Day” event.
Have you ever wondered what a Dog Day is? – well it’s a time during the Summer when Sirius (the Dog Star) rises at the same time as the sun. This happens in early August – so Dog Days are often associated with hot weather.
The Mazes will not be open until the school summer holidays, mid July. However we are busy now trimming the willows in the Activity Maze, to make the paths passable but still interesting and enclosed.
The maize field will soon be ploughed and planted with maize so the Maize Maze will be ready for exploring in the summer.
The Forest Review 20th July 2016: “Darth Vader has reappeared in the Forest – this time in Elton, near Westbury-on-Severn. Darth’s image has been carved out in the Elton Giant Mazes just in time its summer season… “.
The Forester 20th July 2016: “… Low lying spacecraft passing over the site of Elton’s Giant Maze near Westbury this summer wiil be surprised to see an image of Darth Vader etched into the hillside.
The Maze on a filed of Maze roughly the size of four football pitches has been cut in the likeness of the legendary Star Wars baddie.
The InVader Maze is one of four on the site with the others including an Activities Maze, a Spacecraft Maze and a Little Rocket Labarinth.
The Mazes are open from 10:30am – 6pm – last entry 5pm – from July 23 until September 4.
Mark Terry-Lush, director of Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association said ‘This is superb, what a genius idea’.
‘It is fantastic to see local businesses get creative especially as we are the spiritual home of Star Wars’.
‘May the Forest be with you’….”.