Dear Farmer Jim and the family and staff of the Jowett House Farm,
We would like to thank you for a truly exceptional day out yesterday, and thought you might like to know the impressions your efforts leave on both the children and the grown-ups who come to the Maize Maze each year.
Well thought-out, well-staffed, and good value for money, the Maize Maze gave us tremendous family entertainment - and for a whole day there were no televisions and no computer games!
The maize itself is a masterpiece of ingenuity, and voted as “superb” by the seven children in our group. Almost as popular, the mini-mazes cut into the grass were just as much fun. The other activities kept them moving, occupied and happy whilst the parents managed to relax and enjoy the company of each other, supervising from a safe distance and always within view and earshot. The snacks were excellent, with the bacon sandwiches a firm joint-favourite with the ice-cream. The staff were friendly and accommodating, but the real star of the show was Farmer Jim. The tractor ride has been the subject of much discussion since, with valuable and enjoyable insights into the farming lifestyle. Described as a “natural orator”, the farmer gave the children a true-life experience into a world they only usually see on TV, devoid of the smells and textures of the animals and their food.
Overall, our group of 7 children and 14 adults were extremely happy with their day out, a farewell picnic for one family who are leaving the UK and returning to Australia after a one-year contract in the UK. We wanted to give them a uniquely British experience, and would like to thank you for helping us achieve that.
We are truly grateful for the investment of time and effort that goes into such an event, and wish you every success in this and all future Maize Mazes!
26th July 2009