Saffron Walden gears up for its second Maze Festival

By Sarah Jackson | 25 July 2013

Festival preview: The Saffron Walden Maze Festival, Saffron Walden, August 16-17 2013

Children walk the turf maze at Saffron Walden
© Saffron Walden Camera Club
From the heroes and monsters of ancient Greece to Mark Wallinger’s dynamic artwork on London’s Underground, mazes and labyrinths have always fascinated us.

If spending August roaming around the complex network of the Tube doesn’t appeal, Saffron Walden’s Maze Festival might be just the ticket.

The north-west Essex town is home to not only a Victorian hedge maze but also England’s largest turf maze, which can be found on the town common.

These two attractions will form the centre of Saffron Walden’s Maze Festival, following the success of the inaugural festival in 2011.

As well as having the chance to race on the turf labyrinth and find their way through the hedge maze in Bridge End Gardens, visitors will find additional mazes especially made for the event. These include a bronze maze in the Fry Art Gallery and a knitted maze in the museum gardens.

There will also be a chance to explore mazes made by the Festival’s artist-in-residence, Bryony Pritchard, as well the opportunity for families to create their own patterns.

Renowned maze designer Adrian Fisher and the Mayor will also officially open a new permanent labyrinth built in the bandstand in Jubilee Gardens on Saturday 17th August.

Visitors may walk the famous Chartres labyrinth on a beautifully painted canvas copy, join in with spiral dancers and watch plays on the move in Bridge End Garden. Comfortable walking shoes are a must during this festival.

Most events are free of charge, and a number of craft days and exhibitions suitable for all the family will he held at various venues throughout the town.

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