Outdoor mazes in Kent including Maze Moon in Rainham and Maize Maze at Lower Ladysden Farm Goudhurst

Looking for some a-maze-ing outdoor fun this summer?

An outdoor challenge could provide some great socially distanced summer silliness during the school holidays, with two mazes in Kent welcoming visitors this summer.

Pumpkin Moon in Rainham has shared photos of its 10-acre pumpkin challenge called Maze Moon.

The maze pathways have been made wider to allow for social distancing in Rainham
The maze pathways have been made wider to allow for social distancing in Rainham

The area, best known for its enormous pick your own pumpkin fields at Halloween, has used 250,000 seeds and GPS technology to create the summer attraction.

James Kemsley, farm manager, wanted to create a fun summer activity for families after the effects of lockdown meant people were stuck inside for so long.

He said: "We've tried to offer something for people which is also safe, and we've made wider pathways than normal to allow for social distancing."

Maze Moon will be opening their giant pumpkin-shaped maize maze from Thursday (July 23) and entry is £6 per adult or child, £20 for a family of four and under children under four go free. There is also plenty of free car parking and a Maze Moon cafe on the site selling snacks and refreshments.

And when families have finished they can also visit the pick your own sunflower attraction at the farm.

Tracks in the maze are wide enough to allow for social distancing effectively and there is no need to book, but organisers will be monitoring the entrance to ensure everyone is safely accommodated.

The maze is open 10 am to 5pm (last entry 3:30pm), Thursday to Sunday from July 23 until the end of August and then on select weekends in September. To learn more click here.

Outdoor mazes are popular outings in summer time
Outdoor mazes are popular outings in summer time

At Lower Ladysden Farm 750,000 maize plants have been used to create an eight acre maze - the size of four professional football pitches.

The farm, at Winchet Hill in Goudhurst has a dinosaur themed event this year in which families must find the eggs of nesting prehistoric creatures.

The maze opens on Saturday, August 1 until September 6 and tickets are on sale by clicking here.

Families wishing to take on the challenge must pre-book a date and time slot to visit to ensure organisers control numbers and holds contact numbers for visitors in the event that they are required by NHS Test and Trace. To learn more about the farm and where to find it please visit www.lowerladysden.co.uk

The maze at Penshurst Place is not open this summer
The maze at Penshurst Place is not open this summer

Unfortunately Penshurst Place has taken the decision to not grow and open its Maize Maze this year and is instead putting the land to good use in other ways. Stanhill Farm in Wilmington has also made the same decision for this summer with its attraction whilst the maze at Leeds Castle is not yet reopen to visitors.

But Hever Castle has just reopened its popular Water Maze - where a spare change of clothes may be useful for very small visitors who delight on stepping on the stones guaranteed to set off the water spouts on their way around. The attraction is included in the price of a ticket to Hever Castle, further details for which can be found here.

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