We want to reassure you that countless hours have been put into reviewing the latest guidance and ensuring your safety at this year’s Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze event, which opens on Saturday 3rd October 2020.
We’d also like to make you aware that this year’s event will be different from previous years. Most importantly, this is so we can provide a safe environment for pumpkin patch staff and visitors to enjoy.
The Health & Safety, welfare and overall wellbeing of our visitors and team is always our first priority. This year is no different. In view of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and based on the latest government guidance, we have new safety measures in place for this year’s Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze event.
- Following the Rule of 6 (and all latest guidance) – we expect all visitors to obey the Rule of Six. Please also read this essential information about it. Anyone not obeying the Rule of 6 (or any of the latest government guidance) will be asked to leave.
- Social distancing – we ask all visitors to help by being mindful of the need to maintain a safe distance from other visitors and staff at our event. Please also remember that, owing to social distancing, indoor space will be at a premium if it rains, so please remember to bring umbrellas!
- Masks for indoor spaces – all visitors entering the crafts marquee (or any indoor space on site) will need to wear a mask, in line with government guidance.
- Limited numbers – we’re operating with a ticketing system in place to limit the number of visitors on-site at the patch for any given day. It is therefore essential to book your place for this year’s event. Please rest assured though, there will be no time limit set for the day you book.
- Enormous patch – a few years ago, we upped the patch size to a huge 50 acres to accommodate visitors. This year, however, as well as operating with limited daily visitor numbers, we’re also setting the pumpkin patch and maize maze event across a colossal 75 acres. For reference, one acre is just shy of the size of a football pitch, which gives you some idea of the scale of the 2020 event. This will allow plenty of room for visitors to enjoy their day.
- No inflatables – it’s with a heavy heart that we have had to omit the inflatable attractions from this year’s event. Nevertheless, we know it’s the correct course of action for keeping people safe and we’d ask for your understanding on this.
- No face painters – we’re sad not to offer face painting this year but the personal proximity involved makes it impossible for the 2020 event. Thank you again for your understanding in this regard. Do, also, still feel welcome to come along in fancy dress!
- Rigorous cleaning procedures – we, and all our team, will work tirelessly on-site to ensure the cleanliness and hygiene of the site and the facilities therein. For example, wheelbarrow handles will be cleaned with antibacterial spray or wipes following every use.
- Wider pathways within the maize maze – this year’s maze not only celebrates the NHS and keyworkers, it’s also been purpose designed to give you more space, therefore making social distancing easy.
- Site-wide signage – this will serve to remind people to be aware of how they can keep themselves and others safe at our event.
- One-way system for donkey rides – we’re delighted to welcome the donkeys back to the pumpkin patch this year. For your safety, there will be a one-way system in operation for this highly popular attraction.
- Provision of hand sanitiser – we have invested in plenty of instant, antibacterial hand sanitiser and would encourage visitors to use this during their day with us.
- Relying on you – if you, or any member of your family (or support bubble), show any of the covid symptoms on the day of (or within 14 days prior to) your visit to our pumpkin patch, then we would ask you, (for the good of everyone), to stay at home and follow the NHS advice.
We have been consulting the local council throughout the planning of this year’s event, and we have felt so well supported. Our team and many others have also been extremely helpful and willing to do whatever it takes to make the site safe and enjoyable.
We’ve received unwavering positivity about the opening of our event and we’re extremely grateful. Many thanks to everyone.
The only point left to make is how much we look forward to welcoming you to Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze 2020!
Take care, keep safe and see you soon…
Very best wishes,
Sally and Anthony Pooley
Owners and founders of Undley Farm Events