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

Other funders are: Essex County Council, Saffron Walden Town Council, Saffron Walden Arts Trust, Croucher Needham, NFU Mutual, Waitrose and also generous support from Uttlesford District Councillors Aisha Anjum, Heather Asker, John Lodge, Barbara Light and Sharon Maurice

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

The third Saffron Walden Maze Festival took take place from 20th to 21st August 2016. See the Programme of Events.

taken by Saffron Walden Camera Club

Kimberley Lowelle Saward's blog about the Festival


2016 Festival co-ordinator Barbara Wilcox said: "It was wonderful to be in town over the weekend and see so many people enjoying themselves. The new maze in Swan Meadow came in for particular praise and is a fine addition to the town, which will continue to give pleasure for years to come. The Festival was only possible because of the hard work by many volunteers before and during the Festival, as well as local sponsorship and organisations including Saffron Walden Town Council and Saffron Hall who helped to make this the biggest and best Festival yet."

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 Garden and in 2016 a fourth permanent public maze was created next to the Swan Meadow car park.

You can view the highlights of the 2013 Festival below:

You can view the highlights of the 2011 Festival below:

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

Mazes seen from space on Google Earth

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