16-19th August 2013

The 2013 Festival was funded by the Saffron Walden Initiative, Croucher Needham and Saffron Walden Town Council

Organised by the
Saffron Walden Initiative

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

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.

It was such a success that we held our second Maze Festival in 2013 with mazes and maze challenges all over the town. This year a third permanent maze was created in the bandstand in Jubilee Gardens.

“Judging by the feedback we have received, the second Saffron Walden Maze Festival was an outstanding success. There were four days of events for all ages with over thirty different activities to choose from. The public was particularly grateful that almost all the activities were free and this was thanks to grants and local sponsorship as well as the profits from the raffle which had a hand-made quilt as the first prize.

Although the Initiative took the lead role in planning and running the Festival, it was a great example of collaboration between many of the different organisations in the town. The Festival would not have been such a success without the fantastic practical support we received from the Town Council, Museum, Library, Bridge End Garden, Saffron Screen, Walden Tri, Spartak Football Club as well as local businesses and community groups.

An event of this magnitude could only be put on through the help of an army of volunteers, many not even members of the Initiative.  And, of course, the core Initiative team had been planning the Festival for well over a year.

The highlight for me was the Grand Finale on Sunday on the Common with sideshows, community mazes, bands, walking races, jugglers and fire performers, all ending with a light procession around the turf maze with torches and lanterns as darkness fell.

Now Saffron Walden has its third permanent maze in the bandstand in Jubilee Gardens, we can really say it has become an A-Mazing Town!

Peter Riding, Chairman of the Saffron Walden Initiative.

 

See Programme of Events for what happened and the map for where they took place.

Members of the Saffron Walden Camera Club took photographs throughout the Festival. You can view the Saffron Walden Camera Club’s photographs of some of the 2013 events here.

The camera Club also photographed the 2011 Festival . You can view photographs of some of the 2011 Festival here.

The Saffron Walden Initiative will be making a short film for YouTube which will be available  shortly.

You can view video footage of the highlights of the 2011 Festival below:

 

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