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Moonlight Maze fun at Quex

Quex Park in Birchington is a short way along the coast from Broadstairs, just beyond Margate. It’s a great day out, featuring a range of attractions. This blog post highlights a special evening event at the park – the Moonlight Maze Night on 27th August.

The famously adventurous Powell Cotton family originally owned this country estate, which is still farmed but has been much developed since their day. Visitors will find plenty to enjoy at Quex, with the main building housing the Powell Cotton museum, several old farm buildings creatively re-purposed to provide a wealth of attractions and stunning landscaping.

This summer Quex Maize Maze and Field of Fun offers a particularly unique experience.

There are two mazes to explore.

Maize Mazes at Quex
Maize Mazes at Quex, from above

The African Expedition brings to life the exploration of Africa by the nineteenth century adventurer who lived at Quex, Percy Powell-Cotton.

The Giant Tractor Maze, challenges you to find not only your way out of the maze – but also a lost tractor!

This year Quex are opening up areas normally closed to the public, and promise  tractor safaris, football shootout, pedal go-karts… and more. Electric Quad Bikes and Inflatables are also available to use (for an additional cost).

Refreshments are available from the Gun Tower Cafe on site.

On 27th August there is an opportunity to experience the Quex Mazes in moonlight….

Explore the Maize Mazes by torchlight as the sun goes down and darkness descends.

From 7pm, there will be a delicious hog roast and beer tent with live music and much more to enjoy, including giant inflatables.

The fully inclusive price for this experience is £9.50 per person or £35 for a group of 4.

Call Quex to book:  01843 866023


Maize Maze normal opening times and costs:

Open daily 10am – 5pm (weather dependant)

Child £5.00
Adult £3.50

Family Pass £15.00
(2 adults + 2 children)

Family Season Pass £25.00

Call the number above for more information or group bookings


More about Quex Park:

The Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex is one of the area’s top visitor attractions and perhaps one of the UK’s most interesting museums, featuring the most impressive Natural History dioramas in Europe as well as an eclectic mix of world-class natural history, World Cultures and Asian art . See the Beeches Holiday Lets Attractions Page to find out more about the museum and also the other major local attractions near our Broadstairs holiday lets.

The stunning seven acre Quex gardens are laid out and landscaped Victorian style.

The cafes and restaurant serve fruit and vegetables grown on the estate as well as meat reared from their own herds of pigs and cows.

The estate as a whole is 1,800 acres!

There is a Children’s Indoor and Outdoor Play Centre, a Craft Village, a Garden Nursery, Quex Carriages, Quex Paintball & Laser Rush, Build-a-base Nerf Centre, Farmshop and Restaurant and the funky Mama Feelgoods Cafe opposite the entrance to the museum in the grounds. The giant Maize Mazes are only there in the summer, when the maize is high.

The Waterloo Tower built 1819 is a landmark and has an extremely rare secular peal of 12 bells. Exclusive guided tours of the Waterloo Tower are run on two days during the summer. The Park also has a gun tower which was built as a sea lookout post and a clock tower built circa 1820 with a pre-reformation hour bell.

Quex Park is also the home of the Trust for Thanet Archaeology which offers professional archaeological services in Thanet and East Kent and maintains a Thanet Sites and Monuments Register.

Entry to Quex Park itself is free. Each individual attraction there has its own opening hours & admission fees where applicable. Quex also do weddings and special events including corporate hire.

Visit the Quex Park website.