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‘’Not all those who wander are lost”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

After seeing signs pop up around Lichfield and adverts on Facebook, we decided to visit Lichfield Maize Maze, on one of the hottest days of the year.

What is Lichfield Maize Maze

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Lichfield’s Maize Maze is brand new for 2022 and is the brainchild of the Ryman Family.  The Rymans have an arable and potato farm just outside Lichfield, and pre-covid the farm sold potatoes to the hospitality industry.  Since covid affected this sector, the farm has had to find new ways to generate an income, so, as well as selling Pipe Place potatoes to the public, the Rymans have created a family friendly maze and an adjacent ‘Pick Your Own Sunflower’ field, to help diversify the business.  What’s great about this idea is that the family have also thought to use this as a platform to celebrate Bees, a much-needed insect.  They have planted 65,000 sunflowers, surrounded by wildflower strips for the bees to enjoy. The maze itself stretches over 10 acres and is covered by 3 miles of winding paths for visitors to explore/get lost in.

Our Visit

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Following a link from their Facebook page, tickets were easily booked online and we managed to get a couple of tickets for 11am the next day.

Tickets cost.

Adults – £7

Children/Senior citizens – £5

Family tickets (2 adults & 2 children) – £22

Toddlers (age 0-2) – Free

Tickets include admission to the Maize Maze and Sunflower Field.

Compared against an obvious competitor (The National Forest Adventure Farm) who currently charge £15.99 for a pre booked ticket, it’s great to see that the Rymans have set the ticket prices at a family friendly price.

Situated on the edge of Lichfield close to the A5, finding the maze was straightforward. Arriving at the village of Wall we spotted the clear, helpful signs that the family have put out.  These led us to a cut grass area that was a large free car park.  Ready with our QR code booking confirmation on email, we headed to a large white gazebo at the entrance to the site.  After a short queue, a friendly staff member scanned our code and polity enquired if we had been before.

As this was our first visit, the staff member enthusiastically explained that the Maze consisted of a small maze ideal for youngsters and those wanting to get to grips with such a maze and the main larger maze.  She gave us a map of both the mazes that even included a phone number just in case we became completely lost, or experienced an emergency.  We were also offered a sticker trail aimed at the little ones (but politely declined). The entrance gazebo also contained a small shop which sold ice creams, various gifts and bunches of sunflowers, or you could borrow secateurs to cut your own from the field.

Its worth mentioning that for a reduced price of £5.00 you could book a ‘Sunflower Field Only’ ticket to come and cut your own sunflowers priced at £1.00 per stem or £5.00 for 7 stems.

On the grass area near the maze entrances we could see a child’s play area with some little diggers, a couple of swing balls, a marquee with benches to shelter from the weather, a hay bale tower and the Strawberry Fields Coffee shop horse box, a few portaloos and of course the Sunflower picking area and the Maze entrances/exits.

After grabbing a bottle of water, we ventured into the Maize maze.  The maze is styled in the shape of a bee, hive and sunflowers. We were surprised at the hight of the corn as it towered above us in certain parts.  The map showed a couple of routes, one easy and one more difficult that included various stops, presumably for the sticker trail.  We started off well by following the map, but after a few turns we became a little disorientated and followed our noses instead.  My Grandad always said ‘’if you get lost turn left’’ so we did just that, it didn’t help, as we walked deeper into the middle of the maze. After wandering around in circles, we came across one of the numbered posts and we could then check that against the map to figure out our location. With the heat scorching and our water running low, we came across a bench for a much-needed break.  We then carried on our maze adventure, bumping into other maze explorers who seemed just as lost as we did!  That’s part of the fun of being in a maze, exploring and working out the exit route and getting lost along the way! We then came across another numbered post and with that we worked out our route to the exit.

It took us just over an hour to get in and out the maze, but it feels like we missed out most of the numbered trail, partly down to that fact we were melting in the heat, and after an hour we in just wanted to cool down. I’m sure on a cooler day we would spend more time trying to get every number.

Thoughts On Lichfield Maize Maze

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Overall we had a lovely morning in the maze, it’s a well organised family run local business. The maze is well designed and you can tell the Ryman family have paid lots of attention to the visitor experience. It’s a highly recommended activity and we look forward to our next visit.

We funded the visit ourselves.

The Silver Hedgehog: Rating

Value For Money - 9
Visit Experience - 9
Attraction Facilities - 9

9

Must Visit

We had a lovely morning in the maze, it’s a well organised family run local business that deserves its Must Visit rating

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