Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Get Lost!

My sister Ruth, and our friend Angela, had encouraged us to travel to Sheffield and seek out “Tasmazia.” At the time of its construction in 1985, it was the largest hedge maze in the world. The hedges are about 3 metres tall, and at the information centre, you are given a list of things to locate in the maze areas.

We paired off the children, and as soon as we walked through the door, we lost them for about 2 1/2 hours. This was going to be a lot of fun!

A typical sight in the main maze
Cool signs everywhere
The kids are ready to go…
But we had better not lose them!
The balancing maze within the main maze
A Maze within a maze
Cubby town, note the builders name!
Cool signs, even in cubby town
The Confusion maze, from above.
Getting to the centre of the Hexagon maze was a significant achievement.
This should slow them down
Finally found Daniel hanging about

At the back of the main maze, there is a 1/5th scale model of a village called “Lower Crackpot.” Aptly named because everything is not quite what it seems!

The giant roaming among the houses
Even the lamposts are to scale
Look carefully into the bell tower, and the view from behind is painted around the bell
Then things just got silly!
My personal favourite! Evolution house
The upside down house

So we spent about 3 1/2 hours chasing each other around, and it felt like we had only been there a few minutes. It was excellent!

Josie and Connor teamed up and you could hear them giggling as they were discovering new things at every twist and turn. Leisl and Rosa wandered around gradually and found more items than anyone, AND were able to remember how to get to each item. Except “The Kitchen Sink.” Eventually, after many coooeee’s and calling, we managed to reunite at CubbyTown and spent ages looking for it together.

At Lower Crackpot, there were three additional smaller mazes to explore and more things to tick off our lists. What an excellent way to spend the day.


Connor discovering that he is NOT King Arthur

And behind him the World’s Smallest World Heritage Area

(somebody had a lot of fun setting this up!)

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