Cheshire’s Dinosaur Maize Maze
Another Sunday and some of the team are at work. With the school summer holidays in full swing and the UK weather slowly but surely improving a couple of the team members had volunteered to help out at a local Dinosaur maize maze run by Reaseheath college.
Reaseheath college has had a maize maze for several years, this years theme is dinosaurs (an ever popular choice with children), and the college staff have set up two mazes cutting the passageways and alleys in a field of maize plants. The maize has now grown to over 8 feet high in places so this crop makes an ideal crop to put a dinosaur shaped maze in.
The first maze takes about 1 hour to complete and has been designed with young children in mind – the children go off on a dinosaur egg hunt. The second, much larger maze takes children on a prehistoric animal quiz trail. This one takes about 2 hours to complete and it is very easy to become confused and lost once you are in the labyrinth.
One of our team members took some real dinosaur bones as well as cast T. rex teeth and such like and showed visitors the fossils and fielded many questions from the young dinosaur enthusiasts. This proved very popular and certainly provided the youngsters with an insight into what it is like to dig up dinosaurs. They got many squeals of delight when they let the children run their fingers down the serrated edge of a Tyrannosaur tooth or to hold in their hands a bone from an Iguanodon.
All in all it added something extra to the Dinosaur Maize Maze and it helped provide more of an educational experience. The maize maze is open until September 3rd from 11am until 6pm each day. Last entry is 4.30pm. Entry for adults is £3.50, children £3 and family tickets just £12. Children under 3 go free. It is good fun and an exciting way to spend an afternoon.
A couple of tips from us:
1). Do take a drink into the maze as it can be very hot once you are amongst the tall and densely packed maize plants.
2). Sensible shoes required, the ground is not too muddy but there are one or two little puddles in the trackways as the soil has become poached from all the traffic. Trainers are fine, but if it rained heavily; wellies may be better.
The maize maze is run by the students and they are very friendly and helpful, look out for further updates on the Everything Dinosaur blog.
For more information telephone 07943 252141 or visit the college’s “What’s on” page on the Reaseheath website.