Millets Farm Centre near Abingdon in Oxfordshire has officially invited children to ‘get lost’ with their a-maiz-ing Maize Maze which opened on July 28th - the 15th year of this much anticipated annual event.
Open 10am-6pm seven days a week from 28th July to 4th September, then
weekends until 16th September, there’s plenty of opportunity to sample
this hugely popular attraction in Oxfordshire with free parking and many
other attractions on site.
They’re under starters orders and are ready for families everywhere to
come and celebrate the Olympics and their farming roots in style by
getting lost in this year’s “Animal Games” themed Maze.
Millets Farm is famous for holding the World Record in growing the first
Maize Maze back in 1997, with the crop creating nearly four miles of
pathway and covering eight acres – some visitors took four hours to
complete it! Previous designs include a windmill, dragon, pirate ship,
clowns and the White Rabbit for last years’ Alice in Wonderland theme.
This year, ‘The Animal Games’ promises to be just as challenging and
exciting for children and adults alike. The shape of the maze was not
unveiled until the opening on July 28th - a rowing boat tribute to this
year's games and the Great British team.
Split into three individual mazes, families can expect to spend
approximately 2 hours to complete them all - however with a wristband
which allows them to come and go as they please throughout the day, it’s
a great day of fun and excitement for the whole family to enjoy.
And the fun doesn’t end after completing the Maize Mazes – other
activities available include the nautical zone, featuring a wooden fort
maze (not made of Maize!), pedal go-karts and woodland hunt. While
parents enjoy a refreshing drink and some well-deserved food in the
courtyard area, children can enjoy the bouncy castle, trampolines, hay
bales, table football, table tennis and a whole host of other games.
Planted in April, the maze got off to a slow start and was the smallest
in its history until just a few weeks ago because of the wet weather.
But this tropical crop has been boosted by the warm sunshine of recent
“We are hoping this interesting mixture of weather conditions will give
our Maize Maze the growing power it needs to be one of the tallest and
best mazes in the country” said Millets Farm Events Manager Helen
Families can bring their picnics into the Maize Maze area and why not
pick a punnet of succulent strawberries or raspberries from the Pick
Your Own Fields to accompany, or maybe some indulgent cakes or pastries
from the farm shop.
Tackle the maze by moonlight on one of Millets Farm’s Torchlight
Evenings where families can enter the mazes and test their navigational
skills by night…just don’t forget to bring your torch! These take place
on selected summer evenings from the end of August until the end of the
The Maize Maze also has an area which can be booked for private birthday
parties with a marquee suitable for up to 15 children making it a
unique yet brilliant place to host any party.
“Last year we had over 20,000 visitors to the Maze and this year we are
hoping for even more. As one of the top attractions in Oxfordshire, the
Maize Maze is a brilliant experience and a fantastic family day out in
the countryside,” added Helen.
Check out Millets Farm’s website for more details about the Maize Maze
including the latest new activities – you can also purchase tickets
online via their website.