The Maize Maze at Copas Farm Cookham
Copas Farms are pick your own fruit fields in Cookham and Iver. Being local to Cookham (I live in the neighbouring town, Maidenhead), I am more familiar with the Cookham farm.
In the spring and summer months, you can book to go along and PYO seasonal fruit, vegetables and sunflowers. There are berries, plums, broad beans and sweetcorn. And in the autumn you can PYO pumpkins. It’s a great way to get the kids involved – then create something with it all when you get home.
The Maize Maze
This summer at the start of the holidays, the Copas Farm Maize Maze opened. I decided it would be a fun thing to do with Eva, so I went to their website to book it on the first day that it opened.
I had to pick a slot and pay £5 per person (plus a 25p admin fee). I was expecting it to be quite busy, but when we arrived we we told that only one person had been before us! We were given a sheet with ten strawberries on it, and our challenge was to go around the maize searching for boards with pictures of strawberries and a letter on each. We were to write down the letter on the sheet and unscramble it to make a word. If we completed the puzzle, Eva was to get a prize.
We were also handed a sealed envelope with a map inside. If we were able to complete the maze and make our way back without opening the envelope – then the prize doubled!
Navigating the Maze
I am pretty useless when it comes to mazes (I always get lost in the maze at Cliveden), but I was determined not to open the envelope! As we went around the maze made of maize, I noticed that some of the maize was taller in some areas and shorter in others. Where it was shorter, it made it easier to look over and work out where we were – but it didn’t make the challenge any easier. In fact we went past the same section two or three times.
We managed to find the first few letters quite easily, but after then it became harder. We walked around the maze for over an hour, and there were a couple we couldn’t find. However, we did manage to work out the word and head back to collect Eva’s prizes.
Farm Shop and Barn
When we completed the maze (minus two letters) we headed over to the farm shop to get an icecream. There is a barn area with seating, so you can spend time having snacks if you wish. There are also toilets there.
Booking the Maize Maze
It is advised to book the maze online, but if there is availability you can pay when you arrive. It’s open six days a week throughout the summer months (Tuesday to Sunday) 10am – 3pm.
Find more details of the Maize Maze Copas Farm Cookham Website.