Like most kids, ours are sticklers for tradition. They have to have the big inflatable dinosaur in the kitchen on their birthday, an egg hunt in our tiny garden at Easter and crisps after swimming (don’t judge) or there’s a riot in the ranks. Recently they’ve added a new one: summer apparently isn’t summer without a visit to York Maze to high-five the Kernel, the Maze’s giant sweetcorn mascot. We’ve visited enough times to know that a trip to York Maze is best when the sun shines, as the vast majority of it it outdoors. Yesterday the forecast was on our side so we headed out to Elvington to see what’s new at the Maze for 2015.
A lot of families we’ve spoken to are put off visiting before they’ve even got there because the entry price is pretty steep: it’s £50 for a family of four on the door (buy online for a small discount), and you pay for anyone who’s three or over. But if you make a day of it, we think it’s pretty good value. We arrived when it opened at 10am because we wanted to get there while it was quiet (and also because we’d been up for hours by then – yawn) and didn’t leave until 4pm. If you’re staying six hours, it starts to seem like a good deal.
There’s more than enough to do to fill a day and plenty to appeal to all ages (we went with a couple of other families and our kids were aged between 9 months and 9 years). The big hits of the day were the brand new Corn Snakes slides, the cobstacle course, pig racing, the huge play area/sand pit and the House of Cornfusion. We also watched the Crowbot show, which our 5 year old loved, and got soaked on the Crowmania tractor ride. We did go into the maze itself but kept it brief: it’s a stressful experience if you’ve got several kids running off in different directions! You can push a buggy through on a dry day, but it’d be tricky if the ground was wet. There are plenty of places to buy quality hot and cold food, but in the interests of not bankrupting ourselves by the end of the holidays, we took a picnic. There are loads of picnic tables and the wasps seems much more under control than in other years (RIP all the wasps). As always, the staff are incredibly friendly and seem to genuinely care that you have a good day. We’ll be back again next summer and no doubt when they open in October half term for Halloween. Because apparently Halloween isn’t Halloween without a visit to York Maze.
York Maze, Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Ln, York, North Yorkshire YO19 5LT – Open daily until 7th September 2015 – 10am – 6.30pm (last entry 4.30pm) – £13.50/12.50