Saffron Walden Maze Festival
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The 2016 Maze Festival is organised and part funded by the Saffron Walden Initiative

Other funders to date are: Essex County Council, Saffron Walden Town Council and Saffron Walden Arts Trust

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Main image shows The Victorian Hedge Maze in Bridge End Garden, photo taken by Mark Ropkins

STOP PRESS: The third Saffron Walden Maze Festival will take place from 20th to 21st August 2016. See below for the Call for Community Mazes.

Saffron Walden is alone in the UK in having two historic mazes – the ancient turf labyrinth on the Common and the Victorian hedge maze in Bridge End Garden.

To celebrate Saffron Walden’s unique maze culture and explore man’s fascination with mazes and labyrinths over the centuries we held our first Maze Festival in August 2011 and the second one in August 2013 with mazes and maze challenges all over the town. In 2013 a third permanent maze was created in the bandstand in Jubilee Gardens.

You can view the highlights of the 2013 Festival below:

You can view the highlights of the 2011 Festival below:

For the next Maze Festival we hope the Common will be full of mazes created by the community - whether local businesses, charities, groups of friends, families or even individuals. Mazes can be all sorts of shapes, sizes and designs. They can be made of string, feathers, rice, plastic milk bottles, logs, disposable cups, trays of plants, straw bales, balloons, fabric scraps, carrier bags, odd socks, cardboard boxes… almost any materials you can think of which are safe and won’t leave permanent markings. To register your interest in taking part (no obligation at this stage), ring Emma Horton on 01799 513696 or email

Photographs of the 2013 Maze Festival taken by the Saffron Walden Camera Club
Photographs of the 2011 Maze Festival taken by the Saffron Walden Camera Club

See the Programme of Events for what happened during the 2013 Maze Festival and the map of where they took place

Mazes seen from space on Google Earth

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