It’s the summer, which can mean only one thing: York Maze is open for business! In its relatively short lifetime, the annual opening of the York Maze has become almost as much of an event for locals as the scrum for tickets for York Theatre Royal’s pantomime when they go on sale in March. And it’s easy to see why
Where else can you find pig racing, crazy golf, a giant mural to paint, a bale mountain, a sand and water play area, a well-stocked playground, farm animals, tractor rides, an obstacle course (or ‘cobstacle course’ as they call it – steel yourself for a lot of bad maize-based puns), two jumping pillows (younger children are kept apart from older ones to reduce the need to find a First Aider), an inflatable slide and much, much more? And that’s before you’ve even made it to the maze itself.
This year the maze has a Doctor Who theme and, just like the Tardis, the maze seems a whole lot bigger when you’re inside it. Even people who think they’ve got a great sense of direction might come unstuck when it comes to finding their way out. It’s no wonder: there are over a million maize plants, fact fans, and it’s the largest maze in Britain (and one of the biggest in the world). Paths are big enough for buggies and wheelchairs, so no excuses for not having a go. They do send out searchers to make sure that no-one is stuck in there for the entire day, but we’d still recommend that you make sure small children have gone to the loo before you go in, or it won’t be the most experience you’ve ever had.
This is our third year at the maze and it’s definitely the biggest and best. The maze itself is fantastic and huge fun for children and adults alike, but make sure you allow plenty of time to do everything else on the site. Pig racing is a must-see (make a bet for 50p and get a medal if your pig brings home the bacon), and the tractor ride is well worth doing, too. Kids will be chuffed with a high-five from Kernel Kernel; he’s become a bit of a legend.
We’ve heard mutterings that it’s not the cheapest day out, but if the weather’s good and everyone’s in the mood for it, you can easily spend much of the day here. And on Yorkshire Day they’ll be having a Yorkshire pudding flinging competition. What are you waiting for?
York Maze, Elvington Lane, York YO19 5LT