Southwold Maize Maze

Co-owner and manager Bella Hall explains the maze itself is a giant puzzle of pathways within an eight-acre field of maize, which is designed to test powers of deduction and navigation to the limit. “We also have a new mini maze as well now for little ones, with five fun finger stamp points to find,” she says. At the centre of the main maze is a raised walkway, which takes visitors above the height of the maize and enables them to see right down to the banks of the River Blyth. “With the maze completed, people can then have a well-earned rest in …

High Lodge

  Roger Woods, communications manager for the Forestry Commission in the east of England, says High Lodge, at Santon Downham, offers an all-year-round visitor experience, with everything a family looks for in a great day out. “The cycling and walking trails are popular and the play area has more than 50 pieces of play equipment and structures hidden among the trees,” he says. “Our themed trails have been a huge draw too, with the Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s Child sculptures still to be found in the forest.” This year, he says, the Forestry Commission hopes to install an interactive learning trail about the wildlife …

Light Fantastic

Families boarding the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway this summer can expect an enchanted journey through the spellbinding North Norfolk countryside. Managing director of the narrow gauge steam railway, Nick Champion, explains extra services, with increased numbers of carriages, will run throughout the school holidays, and adds there will be a few additional magic touches along the way. “The Enchanted Railway was really, really popular last year, giving visitors an experience that was somewhere between the Railway Children and Flower Fairies,” he says. “We are doing something very similar again this year but it will be bigger and better, with many more things to …

The Great Outdoors

(C) Lin Pritt

Spectacular scenery, proximity to nature and a fun day out for the whole family. With new paths and trails open this summer, Pensthorpe is offering even more to entice visitors of all ages to experience its natural beauty and spirit of adventure. Since it opened 28 years ago, the park near Fakenham in Norfolk has become known both for its vital conservation work and its sense of fun as it strives to educate and enthuse the younger generations. Recent years have seen the launch of outdoor adventure centre Wild Rootz and indoor play experience Hootz House, as well as all sorts of …

Good Green Fun

  From the leafy heights of the platforms at Extreeme Adventure, those having a go at the aerial woodland course enjoy a unique view of some of Norfolk’s most spectacular woodland. Here in Weasenham Woods, near King’s Lynn, they not only have a chance to challenge themselves on an exhilarating course of high ropes but they also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature. Anna Coke, whose family have owned the land for centuries, manages the outdoor adventure site and is passionate about both the location and everything Extreeme offers. “These woods are very special,” she says. “They are part of the oldest …

Symphony of Snape

Snape Quay by Vernon Leyton

With its world-class concert hall and its galleries, shops, restaurants and accommodation, Snape Maltings has always been a vibrant cultural hub and exciting visitor destination. Now under the ownership of Aldeburgh Music, the plan is to develop it further, to enhance its artistic programme, expand its shopping and dining experience and create more accommodation from its beautiful old buildings. Retail director Kate Morgan says Aldeburgh Music’s aim is to maintain the spirit and unity of Snape, while taking it forward and building on everything former owners the Gooderham family have achieved at the historic site. “In many ways Snape Maltings is Suffolk’s best …

At the Apex

Architectural beauty, acoustic excellence and an exciting programme of music and entertainment that is tempting people to Bury St Edmunds from across the region. It has been almost six years since the curtain first went up on the magnificent Apex, bringing something new and stimulating to East Anglia’s world of the arts. From the beginning it was an ambitious project and yet the hard work has more than paid off, according to marketing manager Ian Clarke and head of programming Nick Wells. Both hugely passionate about the venue and intensely proud of all that has been achieved here by a dedicated team, they are justly eager …

Cley 16

Norfolk’s annual contemporary art exhibition returns to Cley next the Sea this summer