John Grant’s dream to open an old fashioned pleasure garden at his property on the highway at Foxground is nearing reality, with the first visitors expected to be welcomed to the multi-attraction complex in mid- August.
The first trees for the maze, which is the centrepiece of the project, were planted in 1985. With dogged determination John has spent the intervening years it took to get all the approvals searching the world for an extraordinary range of attractions.
“I want families to be able to come here and have a really good time without breaking the bank,” he says. Entry to the grounds will be free, with people paying for the particular rides or activities through a system of coupons. Unused coupons can be used next time.
To start with, there will be over 35 attractions to choose from, but he sees that number increasing to 200 in twenty years time.
Apart from the maze, which has intrigued drivers for years, the park now features a large climbing frame, called the Spider Web (which can hold up to 50 children), swan paddle boats and canoes to use in the small lake, an archery range, minigolf, giant chess, Zorb water balls, ponies, trampolines and electric cars. There is even a wedding garden and picnic sheds for hire by groups. And a hayride.
In addition, John has collected and restored a large number of vintage coin operated kiddies rides and will be introducing an array of walking toys that children can ride once a venue is built to house them. These include a walking triceratops.
He believes Granties Maze will initially attract locals, but is convinced holidaying families and groups will find it an attractive destination.
Details: Open from mid-August, 9-5, 7 days