Now in it’s 20th year the Maize Maze at Millets Farm continues to draw in young and old – with the hope of being able to get out again.
And this year is proving to be no exception with the coastal-themed challenge open throughout the holidays.
Transport yourself to the coast by playing the puzzling quiz trails; with shells to stamp, underwater treasures to find and messages in a bottle to unscramble.
With three maize mazes, woodlands to explore, a fort maze, courtyard of activities and the promenade including new crazy golf and go-karts.
Families are advised to allow two hours to try out the maze and join in all the activities which include: rock pool school; See! creatures; boats ahoy; ice cream dream; message in a bottle; underwater world; beach combers and donkey difference.
From the first maze in 1997, Millets became popular attracting visitors from all over the world.
With 3.73 miles of pathway and covering almost eight acres it took some visitors four hours to complete it.
A maze cut into the maize means that unfortunately it must be harvested towards the end of the year and the crop is fed to the cattle. However this does provide a perfect opportunity to create a new maze every year.
Maize is a tropical plant which grows to heights of 7ft tall or more if aided by the perfect weather conditions so let’s hope for lots of sunshine and a little rain!
Our Maize Maze is planted in April to ensure its ready for the opening in July. At the end of the summer, the maze is closed to prepare for our Halloween Howl spooktacular. At the end of the year the crop is cut and the field ploughed.
Millets has lots more for you to pick from over the holidays, not least the 50 acres of crops exclusively for Pick Your Own .
A choice of over 30 different fruits and vegetables can be picked including strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blackberries, redcurrants, gooseberries, courgettes, apples, broad beans, sweetcorn and much much more.
With Pick Your Own you cannot get fresher and this freshness allows Millets to choose varieties for flavour not for shelf life.
Entrance to the PYO fields is £2 per person redeemable against any fruit purchased.
Why not take your little ones to the beach in Frosts Garden Centre after, free to use and open every day until the end of the summer – it even comes complete with outdoor games and a beach hut cafe.
If they like to cook for themselves, try out Mrs Bun’s workshop, where possible it will involve going out to collect the fruit and veg at the start of the session.
The workshop on Saturday will be around the theme ‘Straight from the Field’ with the menu being fruit picking, then making berry cheesecake and berry bakewells.
There are two sessions and places are limited so advance booking is essential.
Youngsters can also paint their own fabric apron at a workshop on August 23 and then, the yummy bit…Each child can decorate their own biscuit with icing and sprinkles!
For more information on any of these activities and everything that’s going on at Millets this summer go to www.milletsfarmcentre.com