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Pirates & Smugglers Takeover at Cowdray’s Maize Maze with the Cowdray Heritage Trust

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Please note tickets for today’s event are now only available at the gate. We can’t wait to welcome you to this special day at the Maize Maze!

Ahoy, me Hearties!

Join us at the Maize Maze on Saturday 2nd of September and see if you can spot the pirates and smugglers as part of a special day of family fun with the Cowdray Heritage Trust. Intrepid maze-goers will take part in some have-a-go activities and learn about the surprising history of piracy in 18th century Sussex with our very own Pirate Captain Paul Ullson of the Raven Tor History Group. Explore the Maze on your own treasure hunt collecting a Maize Maze stamp sheet and have a go at creating wooden spoon pirates. Why not dress up for the day and explore the maze!

At 11am and 2pm our Pirate Captain will tell you a bit more about smuggling in the 18th century, followed by a combat demonstration from the Pirates!

Please Note: Have-a go-activities are subject to availability and there will be a small charge for additional have-a-go-activities.

Once you’ve completed the Maze, make sure to stop off and enjoy a range of delicious refreshments. Alongside the Maize Maze, we are proud to offer a Sunflower Picking Patch. Walk amongst these amazing giant flowers and pick your very own to take home with you. A proportion of the sale of sunflowers will be donated to Ukraine Sunflower Aid. 

Pre-booking is recommended, although payment will be possible on the day at the gate. Please note that a small additional charge is required for the Sunflower Picking Patch and activities, which can be paid on the day. A percentage of the ticket sales will be donated to Cowdray’s nominated charity for 2023 Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex.

Tickets: Please purchase your tickets in advance, ensuring you have selected the correct day you wish to attend the Maize Maze. There is no charge for under 3’s and they do not need a ticket.

Location: The Maize Maze is located next to Lawns. Parking is available for the event and will operate a one-way system to enter and exit. The entrance for the car park is off the A272 opposite Cowdray Park Golf Club. Cars will exit via the Cowdray Farm Shop Car Park.

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Dogs: We welcome assistance dogs and well-behaved dogs on leads.

Accessibility: The paths of the maze are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs and pushchairs, however, please be aware that the ground consists of mud with no hardstanding, so therefore can be uneven in places and on a slope. If it rains, the ground may become muddy, so access to the path may become difficult for wheelchairs and pushchairs at these times.

Timeslots: Please select your desired time of entry when booking your tickets below. To help with the flow of parking, entry timeslots run every hour, with first entry being from 10am, and last entry at 3pm. Guests are welcome to stay for longer to enjoy the Estate.



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The Cowdray Heritage Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (1071069) and a Limited Company (03472093) Registered office address: Cowdray Estate Office, Cowdray Park, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 0AQ


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