Jamie and I love mazes. If there’s a maze somewhere on a day out we just have to do it. We can’t resist. So when I heard about the huge maize maze up near Lincoln at Uncle Henry’s farm I just knew that we had to give it a go. I’d never heard of Uncle Henry’s before but after looking them up online I was won over by the sound of the café and the fact that they also had a fun looking children’s playground.
Our Visit to Uncle Henry’s near Lincoln – Review
Uncle Henry’s farm is near Gainsborough just a few minutes drive north of Lincoln in Lincolnshire. You can’t miss their entrance and there’s no denying you are on your way to their farm. I do like to visit places with good signage outside. Simple but essential.
We arrived at 10am on a reasonably sunny day. The playground was empty but I managed to persuade Jamie that he could have a play later after the maze. To be honest I hadn’t done much research before I left as all I knew was I wanted to give the maize a go. I thought we could be in there a long time but even more surprised to see that they were warning people that they could be in there for two hours. But panic not it’s not in the sense that you will never find your way out. We passed the exit at least 5 times and emergency exit a few times too.
Tips for the Maize Maze at Uncle Henry’s
If it’s been raining or is raining, take wellies. I forgot and I did regret it a little but we coped. The ground is very bumpy and almost like hard to soft sand paths. DO use the toilet beforehand as suggested though as it could be a long walk back if it’s taken you a long time to get out. Don’t forget to take drinks in and a snack in case the little ones start thinking about their tummies. Keep an eye on your little ones at all time. If they wander off it could be very hard to find them again.
The Maize Maze
The maze is open every day of the summer holidays. It does state on their website that it is open until the 31st October but I am not sure if this is every day. So if you still have the chance to visit I can highly recommend that you do. If you’ve missed it don’t forget to go next year!
Costs for 2019 are £6 per person, £20 group ticket for 4, under 2’s free, military discount £1 off single tickets. We were each given a card with the rules on plus 10 letters of the alphabet with a pattern below each. Next to each letter there is an empty box. This is for you to find the corresponding letter in the maze and stamp each box next to the letter. You can not cheat because of the design of the stamps.
I decided that we would try and follow every part of the maze. With the challenge being to collect 10 stamps there was no middle to find. It was more like a challenge to not miss an isle. Even a dead end can mean a stamp at the end of it. Some are even a little hidden so make sure you explore well.
Luckily Jamie wasn’t in a running mood or else I may have spent our time in there nagging him not to run off.
There are quite a few signs to read around the maze. Some of them factual, some of them humorous.
We weren’t in there for two hours but we did take 1 hour 15 minutes to find all 10 letters. To be honest most people left the maze after finding 7-8 letters. But we persevered. At one point we had 8 of the 10 letters and we nearly gave up but we ploughed on and after a bit of thought and consideration we soon found the 2 remaining letters.
Because of the nature of the maze it’s relatively easy to remember where you’ve been before. Each lane looks different. Whether it be the width of the lane, the maze itself or the ground we soon worked out where we’d been before and then tried to go elsewhere.
If you don’t manage to find all 10 you are still given a certificate. Jamie was allowed the certificate for finding all 10 letters but chose one that you get even if you don’t find them all.
He was so happy that we found all 10. He skipped around for ages afterwards.
The playground at Uncle Henry’s
What better way to finish off 1 hour and 15 minutes of walking than a sit in the playground while Jamie plays. Where do they get their energy from? It was a lovely playground with a pyramid house, things to climb on, a sandpit, swing, tractor slide and more. Jamie’s favourite thing was the track going around the edge. It had a couple of hills which meant he could zoom around on one of the ride ons.
Uncle Henry’s Farm shop and Cafe
If you are looking for home decor for yourself or as gifts then the farm shop is full of choices. There is also plenty of choice in the farm shop food wise. You can also shop online.
The café itself has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Inside there’s a nice quiet chill out area plus an eating area next to the order point. We were going to take a picnic but I can’t resist a farm shop with a café.
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I made a little Video of our day out to Uncle Henry’s
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