We were very kindly invited to try out this year’s Millets Maize Maze so today we took a chance on the weather and headed over there. The maze has been running since 1997. I actually remember visiting it that year as it made it into the Guinness World Records for being the biggest in the country! It was an annual treat for my sister and I to go with our Nan to the maze. Who would have thought back then that I’d now be taking my own kids!
The Millets Maize Maze covers 6 acres of land and has 2.5 miles of pathways. The maize is harvested at the end of the season and used as animal feed. It can grow as high as 7ft tall! This year’s theme is bees and the the maze itself is shaped like a bee and flowers.
When you arrive at the maze each child is given an activity pack that includes their game booklet, sheet of stickers, crazy golf scorecard, pack of colouring pencils and a pack of wildflower seeds.
In both the mazes and around Farmer Carter’s Courtyard there are 8 different activities to complete in the booklet. This gives the kids things to look for around the maze as well as trying to find the way out.
We did the mini maze first to get us into the swing of things. We found all of the bee boards hidden around the maze. I think this one took us about 30-45 minutes.
Once we’d completed the mini maze we had fun in Farmer Carter’s Courtyard. Here you can ride on mini tractors, bounce on the trampolines, dig in the sandpits, play skittles and lots more. Although it was busy it didn’t feel too packed and there was plenty of space with everyone spread out. (Some of the photos below were taken at closing time).
This area leads through into a woodland area which had another activity to complete and a large sandpit with lot of trucks and diggers. We played in here for quite some time. The sandpit was a big hit, plus it was lovely in the shade of the trees.
Next we decided to tackle the big maze. Now I must admit we didn’t do a very good job of it as we only found 4 of the activity boards out of the 10 we were looking for. Oops!
We did find the swings however and they were great fun!
We eventually found the maze exit and were rewarded with a fun race around the pedal go-kart track. They even have a couple of go-karts with 2 seats so you can give little ones a ride. Baby Bear loved zooming round with big brother!
There’s also crazy golf in this area which is included in your entry ticket. There are plenty of clubs and balls to help yourself to and there’s a scorecard in your activity packs. The big kids played all 9 holes ‘properly’ while I wandered round after Baby Bear who was playing in his own way (throwing the ball rather than using his club!).
As it was near the end of the day we had the whole golf course to ourselves so we spent quite a lot of time here. The course is challenging but so much fun.
After finishing our golf we headed to the Fort maze to finish off and climbed the tyre hill.
We had such a fantastic day at Millets Maize Maze. All the staff were super friendly. They were cleaning and sweeping constantly, keeping everything lovely and tidy. You get given a wristband at the entrance so if you want to go and get lunch in the restaurant and then come back you can do. There are plenty of picnic benches as well if you want to take your own. Most of them are under shelters too so have plenty of shade.
You can get a pushchair round the maze easily, although the ground is bumpy. There are portaloos near the maze and other activities. You can get ice creams and souvenirs from the little shop in the courtyard. All activities are included in the entry ticket. Tickets cost £8 for adults and children aged 3+, £4 for 2-3 year old and under 2s are free. We spent 4.5 hours there and could have very easily stayed longer had we arrived earlier. You can easily spend all day there so it’s great value for money and so much to do. Millets Maize Maze is open daily until Sunday 5th September. Book your tickets here: https://milletsfarmcentre.com/maize-maze.html
We very highly recommend it!
Disclaimer: We were kindly gifted tickets to visit the maze in order to carry out our review. All words, photos and opinions are that of my own.
To find out what else is on in Oxfordshire over the summer holidays click here: What’s On In Oxfordshire Summer Holidays 2021