After hunting online for a maize maze I found one in Basingstoke at Manydown Farm. The skies looked moody on Wednesday but as we’d never been before and I had both J and her cousin we decided to go ahead with our plan. J had been asking to spend a day with her cousin for weeks and when we told her that we’d booked it in she screamed with excitement
On arrival, the grounds didn’t look huge and I didn’t expect us to spend hours upon hours there but the girls were so excited to do the bouncy castle, bouncy pillow and bouncy slide that they ran off in excitement. I stood, captured a few photos and then followed them onto the trampolines where they again bounced happily
After a quick pit stop for a snack the girls went on the mini tractors and it was adorable to watch them together pushing and trying (and failing!) to pull each other along. There’s 16 months between them but J is so tall and you could really tell the difference in ability due to her height, but her younger cousin did well and kept up with her throughout
Next stop was hay bales and tractor tyres to climb. They both climbed quickly and sang constantly ‘we’re the king of the castle…’ as I stood below and laughed at them. Because the weather wasn’t great we were one of very few people there, but that didn’t deter the girls, in fact they had so much fun bouncing and climbing around
We decided to go along to the sheep racing which quite honestly was one of the most bizarre experiences I’ve encountered but it was great fun cheering them along. J’s favourite colour is yellow and she was pleased that they won and my orange choice came last!
The maize maze for me was the great attraction and we set off with high hopes, and then it started to rain! I instantly regretted my decision, with J running off at speed taking sharp left turns and right turns, and her cousin needing the toilet once we had got near to the middle but we survived to tell the tale. I don’t like mazes and I never have if I’m to be honest, so why I decided to take them is beyond me! But they had a great time and an hour later (!) we emerged from it, soggy but happy
Before we left we went on the tractor ride, played skittles, did animal handling and fed the animals. Both girls enjoyed feeding the pigs, sheep and donkeys, and J in particular was sad to see us go in the afternoon, but they were both getting tired and ratty
It was nice to visit somewhere new, and the girls didn’t play in the sand pit or play crazy golf so the 4 hours we spent there could have been longer. Had the weather not been so cold I probably would have stayed longer but to be honest we all needed some downtime. Here are a couple more photos from our day out.