This year, we were once again delighted to be invited to experience Millets Maize Maze at the Millets Farm centre. Our tradition of visiting since 2021 has turned into an annual excitement, as we eagerly keep returning. The attraction is rightfully advertised as a maze, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The fun-filled day out is far more than just a maze; it is, in fact, a delightful medley of activities full of entertainment, education, and interactive delights, making it an ideal day out for families.
This year’s maze did not disappoint either. On arrival, we were greeted by the friendly team who gave us a wrist band (so that you can pop in and out of the enclosed area as you wish) and the activity pack. The pack has an activity booklet, stickers and colour pencils, basically, everything you need to complete the a-MAZE-ing games/scavenger hunt in the maze itself. There are eight different activities included in the booklet. You also get a medal for completing the activities at the end 🙂
Do you know that Millets first ever Maize Maze was the first in the UK and entered into the Guinness World Records. They return every year with a different theme. When we first attended in 2021, the theme was bees. This year (2023), it is GAMES themed. Expect to find references to MAZECRAFT, Clue-doh, Hangry Hippos and many more.
The maze covers 6 acres and 2.5 miles. You can go into the main maze, midi maze or the mini maze. We have done Midi Maze in the past and the mega maze this time. Believe me none of them is straightforward and the map is not easy to read (at least not for me!). You have to do the different activities dotted in the activity book and Hidden within the maze are things like swings, etc which keeps it fun and entertaining. For the Mega maze, you will be using the Clue-doh page within your games booklet. We were meant to find 6 hidden game boards, each with a very important clue.. lol.. we only managed two. There are also some viewing platforms but as Ay pointed out “all I see is maize and corn”, you can’t really find your way from the top either. We seemed to me going round and round in circles but eventually found our way out.. phew! I think we must have spend a good 20-30 minutes in there if not more!
Before you enter the maze, there is a courtyard with fun games for all ages. You can easily spend half your time here just playing the wide variety of garden games e.g. skittles, trampolines, four in a row, soft lego bricks, Corn-a-pult etc. There are ride on tractors as well as a covered sand pit. There is plenty of seating for the adults. Some families were also having picnic on the grass.
It was difficult to drag the children away from this part, but we eventually managed to escape. We went to the Maze next, but you can do the activities in any order you want. You can go to the middle wood and start searching for the hippo treats which can all be found on boards dotted around. Using the stampers under the boards, stamp the treat into the relevant coloured hippo squares on your game booklet to start feeding them. Ay loves stamping activities and this one occupied our group for a while.
You can go to the roadside wood, where you will find 5 finger paint stations, determining what your future career may be. At each station you find, rub one finger into the paint, until each finger of your right hand has a different coloured paint on it. You can then head over to the chart to match your pattern with a number and discover what your job for life may be, but we lost it at this point as we came across the music stations. The boys had a lot of fun playing music with the kitchen equipment.
There is also a fort maze next to the woodland area. This one is simple enough to get around and complete. Its Mario themed this year. You use the sticker sheet that came with your entrance pack to play this one. Match the stickers to the relevant shape in your game booklet – you might need to twist and turn the stickers to fit the coloured shapes on your booklet race track. You can also take a picture in the pop up Mario Kart board.
Near the exit to the fort maze was a medium sized sand table with different coloured coins hidden in it. The toddler in our group loved it and just could not be taken away from it. There are small woodlands to explore (with activities like stamping your sheets etc, tyres for climbing and slides to go down).
“Farmula One” track is at the far end of the maze. We had to queue for about 10 minutes here but Ay and his friends really enjoyed racing around on the recently extended track. They were not allowed to bump into each other and luckily an attendant told them off when they did. You need to have long legs to reach the pedals. Ay barely made it but one of his friends couldn’t. There are some go karts with two seats, so adult can sit and drive for the kid.
This year they have bay hales and an obstacle course where the crazy golf used to be (probably because now there is a permanent Millets Farmyard Golf course on site- which I have reviewed separately HERE). The boys had a lot of fun playing hide n seek and tag on top of the hay bales.
Millets Maize Maze really knows how to get it right. There is sooooooooo much to do and the best part is that ALL the above is included in the price of the ticket. You DO NOT pay anything extra, which, considering you will easily spend half your day here, makes it a really good and economical day out! We are already looking forward to our next visit and can’t wait to be amazed by what Millets Farm has in store for us next year!
Pictures do not do justice to the activities on offer, so please have a look at all the fun in our Instagram video:
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🗺 Address: Millets Farm Centre, Kingston Rd, Abingdon OX13 5HB
🎟 Fee applies at £8-9 per person over 3, £5 per 2 year old, free for under 2’s. Please see website for updated price
📅 18th July through to Sunday 3rd September inclusively.
Doors open at 9:30am with last entry at 3.30pm and we close at 5.30pm.
You can also experience the maze at night on Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September from 7pm – 10pm (last entry 8:30pm).
🚘 Free parking
🚻 Port-a-loos within the courtyard area (not within the maze itself).
Baby changing facilities are in the main toilet block next to the Farm Shop
🍕Icecreams and some sandwiches available in the small tuck shop in the maze but Refreshments
🧺 Picnic allowed (lots of benches under trees)
🦽 Buggy accessible
🐕 Dogs not allowed in the maize but elsewhere need to be on lead
There is plenty to do at Millets farm. We visited the newly opened Millet Farmyard Golf, which I have reviewed separately HERE. Additional charges apply to the indoor soft play called Sprouts playbarn, which is probably the largest and one of the best soft plays in Oxfordshire. There is also Millets Wildside Falconry & Wildlife Centre, which is home to over 100 birds of prey and has to be booked separately. You can also take part in seasonal pick your own, where you have to pay for entrance as well as what you pick.
Now on to the free bits. The play area is ok. It has swings, sand pit, climbing frame and slides. There are also coin-operated tractors and diggers but we didn’t go on them. There is a traditional fairground Carousel (£2 per ride) and trampolines (£4 for five minutes) by the sprouts play barn.
There is a farm animal walkway which included alpacas, donkeys (on loan from Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary), ponies, goats (and a billy goat gruff bridge), cows , pigs and bunnies. This is not a massive collection by any means and you don’t get to have petting/ feeding sessions but it is free. During the winter months, most of the animals are moved into winter accommodation, so will not be in their usual enclosures.
Towards the bottom of the walkway, there is a dedicated area where duck food can be thrown for the water fowl to enjoy. Special duck food is available to purchase in the Farm Shop. As per the website, “Please try and avoid feeding our lake residents bread, as this is like fast food for them and not great for their health”.
If you continue down the walkway, it leads to Phoebe Woods. Phoebe Wood is a ten-acre site comprising woodland and wetland walks along the banks of the River Ock. You can stroll along the lake and the river.
They organise different types of activities in half term and other holidays, so it is worth checking.If you think something needs updating on this post, please contact us HERE