A-maze-ing – Living Arrows #2
Welcome back to my photo adventure, Living Arrows, which is about celebrating childhood. The project originally took it’s name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”.
I’ll share photos of both Shalini and Shivam from our week. These will be simple photos that capture a moment of childhood.
Earlier this week, Sukh and the kids headed to The Great Worcester Maize Maze in Powick. I’d seen some vouchers on Groupon and he decided to take the kids on his day off.
The kids love mazes so I knew they would have a fun afternoon. It was themed around Peter Rabbit and having only just watched the film a couple of weeks ago, they were excited about conquering it. The journey wasn’t far – around a 40 minute drive down the M5.
Shalini told me all about their day in great detail. Parking was free on the field just outside the entrance to the maze. It was a hot day so they’d gone armed with cold drinks and some snacks. There was a big field with lots of garden games and plenty of picnic benches. There was also a stall selling burgers and hotdogs called ‘The Garden Shed’.
The kids decided to attempt the big maze, set in a 10-acre maize field. There was a mini version too but the kids wanted a challenge. They had fun answering the multiple choice questions based around The Tale Of Peter Rabbit and the author Beatrix Potter.
There were eleven questions to find in total and nine stamps to collect too. There was also a six-digit code to find – and once they had that, they would be on a mission to find the small gate which the code unlocked. This lets you into another part of the maze which leads to the exit.
The kids took it in turn to attempt to answer the questions and stamp the blue question card. Sukh told me they had been arguing over who would lead the way and decide which turning to take. In the end he told them to take it in turns.
As it was a hot day, halfway through finding the question boards, they decided to take a break and headed to the picnic area.
The burgers and hot dogs were very reasonably priced at £2.50 and £1.50 each. After eating and resting for half an hour, they went back into the maze to complete it. The man at the entrance had informed them there had been over 200 people entering the maze that day but it was such a big space they only ever really bumped into a small group at a time.
The maze is situated on a family-run farm. The kids met the lovely Clare who’s been running the maze since 2006 with her husband and kids. They were warm and welcoming and awarded the kids with a freeze pop and lollipop on completion of the maze.
I liked the staff as they were really friendly. Some of the questions were really hard so I was happy when we completed it. I enjoyed the theme and it changes here every year. I would love to see a Mary Poppins theme. The picnic area and children’s games was a nice touch because it gives you somewhere to relax when you’re taking a break.
There was a nice atmosphere. The people were friendly. I was proud when we finished the maze. It was challenging. I thought the theme was really good because I enjoyed the Peter Rabbit film.
Read Living Arrows #1 here.
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