Maize Maze - Now Closed
Maize Maze - Summer 2020
We have made the decision that sadly, due to the Covid-19 situation, we will not be having our annual Maize Maze this summer. We aren't prepared to risk the health and safety of our staff and customers, as well as the financial impact it could have on our business. We hope you understand and all being well, we will be back with an exciting new Maize Maze for 2021!
Summer Activity Trail - 2020
With the absence of our Maize Maze this year we have introduced a small Summer Activity Trail, suitable for young children (aged 4-11). Each £1.50 trail sheet includes one small prize for the child and one cup of tea for the parent/carer. Collect your trail sheet from the Pick Your Own (PYO) marquee. Remember to bring a pencil to complete the trail, or you can buy one here for 10p, you might also like to bring a book or magazine to lean on! Card payments only, please.
Trail Opening Times
Tuesday - Saturday: 9:30am - 3:30pm (Last admission is 3:30pm)
Sundays: 10:00am - 3:00pm (Last admission is 3:00pm)
Please see our FAQ section below, which you may find useful.
For details on how to find us, please click here.
Maize Maze - FAQ's
What are the opening times?
Monday – Saturday: 10:00am to 3:00pm (last admission is 3:00pm)
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10:30am to 2:00pm (last admission is 2:00pm)
The Maize Maze is open from late July in time for the school summer holidays and will remain open through until late September. Please note, times are subject to change.
How can I find you?
For details on how to find us, please click here.
Do I need to book in advance?
No, we do not take bookings unless you are in a large group ie, a school visit.
How much does it cost?
Children (4-16): TBC
Family Ticket (2+2 or 1+3): TBC
Do you accept debit/credit cards?
We accept both debit and credit cards.
What should I wear?
We are a working farm and care should be taken on uneven surfaces. Please wear suitable footwear such as trainers or outdoor boots in dry conditions and wellington boots when it’s wet as the fields can be muddy. It is also advisable for children to wear long sleeved and long-legged clothing to protect against scratches and stings. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions, if it is hot, do remember to pack sun hats and sun cream, if it looks like rain please bring waterproof clothing.
Can we walk anywhere on the crops?
No, for your health and safety please only stick to the areas you have been directed to for the maze.
Can I get a pram/wheelchair in the Maize Maze?
The feedback we received from customers last year using buggies, prams and wheelchairs, was that the maze was a lot more challenging to get around than in previous years. We felt this could have been to do with the fact that the pathways were marked out narrower by the design company. Also, because of rain, the condition of the ground was not always ideal. Customers still attempted the maze, however, please be advised that the conditions change from year to year depending on how the weather affects the ground and how the pathways are marked out. We will update this page accordingly when we receive feedback from customers using buggies, prams and wheelchairs in summer 2019.
Can I bring my dog?
No, we do not allow dogs in the maze or anywhere on the farm.
Is parking available?
We have plenty of free parking available. Please drive slowly and safely as there will be children about and the ground could be uneven and muddy. Please ensure that you do not leave valuables in your car. Stanhill Farm cannot accept any liability to any customers or other visitors or their children for theft or damage (however caused) to vehicles or their possessions whilst in the car park.
Can I bring a picnic?
We are happy for you to bring a picnic to the farm but ask that you eat it on the picnic tables provided by the Pick Your Own hut – not in the maze, fields or car park.
Do you have a cafe onsite?
We were very pleased to welcome the launch of Sophie's Tea Tent in Summer 2019! Sophie opens during the school summer holidays and October half term holidays every day from 10:30am - 5:30pm, serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, homemade scones and cakes, toasties, ice creams (including Solley's Kentish soft scoop) cold drinks, crisps and biscuits. Plenty of seating is available, both indoors and outdoors. Please keep an eye out next summer for details of Sophie's 2020 opening dates!
Do you have toilets in the Maize Maze?
There are no toilets within the maze, however, we have one portaloo and one disabled portaloo close to the Pick Your Own hut.
Do you have baby changing facilities?
Yes, there is a baby changing unit available in the disabled portaloo.
Do you keep lost property?
Any lost property that is found will be kept until the end of the season. Please email us with a full description of the lost item and we will get back to you.
Is smoking permitted?
No, smoking and vaping is not permitted in the maze or anywhere on the farm.
Is alcohol permitted?
No, alcohol is not permitted in the maze or anywhere on the farm.
Do you welcome coach parties?
Only for pre-booked school visits and not at weekends.
Do you do children’s parties?
No, unfortunately at present we don’t have the staff or facilities available.
Why can’t I get an answer on your office phone number?
We are a small family business and during the busy season we are all working on the farm. If your request is urgent, please leave a message on our answerphone and we will endeavour to call you back as soon as possible. Alternatively, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is there to do in the Maize Maze?
There is a game to play in the maze with game stations to find, each corresponding to clues on the gamecard. We also have a mini maze with a further ten game stations. Fill out your gamecard correctly for the chance to be entered into a prize draw! Good luck!
How long will it take to complete the Maize Maze?
We advise approximately 1.5 hours to complete the maze. Obviously, it depends on your map reading skills, which way you decide to turn at each corner, and if you want to stay until you have found every quiz board - sometimes this can take longer. The mini maze will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.
What if we get lost?
On arrival everyone receives a map with their game card. If you get lost just follow the 'quick route' as detailed on the map!
Can my children go around the Maize Maze on their own?
Children under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Does the Maize Maze stay open when it’s raining?
In very wet weather the maze may need to be closed. To avoid disappointment in these circumstances it is best to ring in advance or see our website / social media pages to check the maze is open. This is because paths get wet, muddy and slippery when the weather is very wet.
Is the Maize Maze suitable for young children?
Yes, but we do have the mini maize maze which takes a lot less time to complete than the main maze and is suitable for our younger and older visitors.
Is the Maize Maze open all year?
No. We’re open for around ten weeks from late July to late September. Maize is an annual crop which means that it is planted in the spring and is mature by mid-late summer. We plant the field in April, cut the paths into the design in May, ready for it to grow in time for opening in July. In the Autumn the maize is harvested and used as animal feed.
Is maize the same as sweetcorn?
No. It looks very similar to sweetcorn and is from the same family but is much harder than sweetcorn and not as sweet tasting! It is grown specifically for animal food. Please do not pick the maize as it is not suitable for eating and is not digestible for humans.
- Children under the age of 16 must be supervised by an adult at all times.
- All rubbish must be removed from the farm.
- We reserve the right to refuse entry and to remove people from the farm.
- Thieves will be prosecuted.
You can see an aerial shot of our 2019 maze and some of our other previous mazes above.