A trip to York Maze is as much part of the York summer scene as red boats cruising along the Ouse and queues of tourists snaking around the windows of Bettys. It’s only open for a few weeks – during the summer holidays and for a week at October half term – so you’ve got to catch it while you can. We decided to catch it today and, for once, our kids needed no persuasion to get their shoes on when they heard where we were going.
Our kids are big fans of York Maze, and despite visiting every summer holiday and October half term (it’s closed the rest of the year), they never get bored of it. There’s always new stuff to explore, but they also love revisiting the old favourites. We could easily have spent hours walking and crawling around the Mineshaft Maze and digging, sliding and climbing away in in the giant sandpit area but we thought we should probably explore some more.
We really enjoyed the pig racing – nothing says ‘summer day out’ quite like cheering on a smelly farmyard creature. And the new Crowbot show is funny, family-friendly entertainment (top marks to our friend Richard Kay who wrote the script).
Our two eldest loved racing each other through the inflatable Cobstacle Course, bouncing on the giant pillows and then stopping to watch families pelt water bombs at each other in the Water Wars area while we stopped for an ice cream. The giant snake slides were a big hit, as was the little one for the little one. All four of us, including the 18 month old, enjoyed playing crazy golf and getting creative (and messy) painting the giant mural. We embarked on a trip into the maze itself, but cut it short when someone realised they did need a wee after all…
There are lots of options for food and drink, all good quality and served by the friendliest staff around, but our kids were subjected to yet another picnic. There are loads of picnic benches, both outdoor and undercover, and the whole site is scrupulously clean.
We were there for five full-on, fun-packed hours and there’s a lot we didn’t do, like exploring the main maze, doing the Maze of Illusions and the new Finger Maze and braving the House of Cornfusion. We left because we ran out of energy, rather than things to do. York Maze is a full day out that should please the whole family – it certainly pleased all of ours, and that’s saying something.
York Maze, Elvington Ln, York YO19 5LT – open daily until 5th September – 10am to 6.30pm (last entry 4.30pm) – family ticket from £49 (family of four; online price)
Thanks very much to York Maze for having us. Our reviews are always independent and we will only ever recommend things we have genuinely enjoyed.