FAMILIES visiting Reaseheath College’s maze this year will certainly be left spellbound.

Witches and wizards is the theme for the college’s popular maze, which opened at the weekend and is available daily in Nantwich until the end of the summer holidays.

Visitors can choose between a giant witches maze and a smaller ‘spider’s web’, built specially for younger or less active visitors.

Both mazes are hidden within a giant maize crop and are home to wizardly characters including Grumbledore and Parry Hotter - relatives of the famous Harry.

The large maze covers eight acres – equivalent to more than three full sized football pitches - and incorporates two and a half miles of paths and bridges.

As they solve the puzzle, visitors must collect ingredients to put in the witches’ cauldron at the centre of the maze.

The small maze offers one mile of paths leading to the den of a friendly spider and her friends.

Unfortunately wands are in short supply, but each group of visitors receives a flag with a witch on it to magic up help if the quest for the maze centre gets too difficult!

Maze games and light refreshments, including Reaseheath’s own ice cream, are available and there are picnic tables and plenty of space for parking.

Last year’s challenge Fun on the Farm, was visited by thousands of visitors and was one of the most popular tourist attractions of its type in the northwest.

The giant corn crop is eventually harvested to provide feed for the Genus Moer dairy herd, based on campus.

Maze manager Tanya Griffiths said: “We have tried to provide a really good day out of affordable fun for all the family.

"We have kept our prices the same as last year and we have moved the venue slightly so the mazes are bigger and better.

“We are trying to magic up some sunshine for the holidays, but visitors should remember that they will be in a farm field which can be muddy – so prepare for all weathers and bring wellies and a rainproof.”

Reaseheath’s Witches and Wizards Maze is open daily until September 6th, from 11am to 6pm.

Tickets are £5 for adults, £4 for children and concessions, and free for under-threes. A family ticket is £15.