York Maze Review
The award winning, fun-filled attraction that is York Maze opened its doors again for the start of the summer season today (13th July 2019) and we weren’t disappointed with the new additions to this popular kids’ paradise.
New activities include a Jurassic Maize complete with real life dinosaurs, the climbing ‘Cornwall’, Scarecrow Centre (home of various owls, eagles, creepy crawlies and reptiles), not to mention the new House of Even More Confusion. My little boy (aged 5) found the latter a “little bit too scary”, with various optical illusions, but we (the adults) agreed it was better and improved from last year (just maybe not suitable for some small kids).
However, there are various other rides, activities and shows to choose from, with my little boy loving the following attractions: Corn on the Club (mini golf), Popcorn Pillow (jumping pillow), the Cornstruction Zone (complete with sand and water play), Corn on the Quad bikes, Mineshaft Maze (complete with various tunnels), inflatable Cobstacle Course and the Corn Snake Slides….. to name but a few.
You can’t visit York Maze and not pay a visit to the Pig Racing track too. You’ll be treated to the ‘punpedia’ of pig puns, with the pigs named after various famous pigs (Harry Trotter is my personal fave), and the opportunity to bet on your fave pig.
Lion King Maze
The theme for this year’s Maze - made from over one million living, growing maize plants – is the Lion King, in celebration of its 25th anniversary. It didn’t take us more than 10-minutes to get lost in this huge maze, so be warned if you enter … it’s a tough one to navigate yourself out of!
Food & Drink
The Kernel's Coffee Shop is one of two main food and drink outlets at York Maze. It is set in a beautiful old brick barn, and offers homemade sandwiches, salads and wraps along with kids lunch box options (with pick and mix items) and lovely cakes and treats.
The Kernel's Kitchen is set in the main park area, not far from the Coffee Shop and offers tasty BBQ food including locally sourced beef burgers, sausages, piri piri barbequed chicken breast in a bun and of course chips.
There are also plenty of picnic tables all over the park, so you can take your own picnics and pack lunches at no extra cost.
Fab day out
Overall, York Maze is a fabulous day out for the family and for kids of most ages (3 or above). Plus, aside from the vast amount of activities to do, one of the best things about York Maze is its friendly, engaging and helpful staff who really are an asset to the attraction. You can’t say that about too many kids’ attractions, and I think this is what helps set York Maze apart from many, enabling it to win awards such as ‘Best Family Friendly Experience’ and ‘Best Visitor Attraction’ by the Visit York Tourism Awards.
Opening Times & Prices
York Maze is open from 13th July to 2nd September 2019, seven days a week from 10am until 6.30pm (last admission 4.30pm).
There is no need to book tickets in advance as you can pay on the gate to get in. However, if you want to buy tickets in advance online then you can gain £1 discount:
· Adults (16 & over) £16 on the day or £15 online
· Seniors (65 & over) £15.50 on the day or £14.50 online
· Child (3-15) £15 on the day or £14 online
· Children under 3 are Free
Family tickets are available too, along with season passes, which work out quite reasonable if you are planning on visiting York Maze a number of times throughout the summer holidays.