York Maze near York is a very much seasonal attraction. Why? Well because the maze is made out of maize. They only open once the maize has grown enough to create a fun experience for all. York Maze is one of Europe’s biggest mazes and the biggest in the UK.
They have a new design every year and in 2019 the design is The Lion King. There’s not just a maize maze there though, they also have over 20 attractions and shows. In this review, I will cover everything that there is to see and do at York Maze. Why not check out their online map and see how many great things there are at this fun family day out attraction.
*Disclaimer. We received complimentary tickets for the purpose of my review. All opinions and photos are my own and must not be duplicated without prior permission.
This was day 48 of our #80dayschallenge to have at least 80 days out in one year.
Review York Maze
We arrived for opening time at 10 am on a weekend. We easily found a space near the entrance. There is a huge amount of parking at the maze and it is free to park. We had such a fun-filled day out and we were a mazed (get it) at how much there is to do there. The staff are really friendly, entertaining and often cracking corny jokes. They are a testament to the place and they really help to make the day out even more fun.
When we arrived all the extra attractions were quiet. But we decided to head straight for the large maize maze. In hindsight, we should have gone on as many of the extra attractions as possible. Literally, by the time we sat down for lunch the place was heaving with long queues for just about everything. My advice is to get there for opening and if you don’t want to queue go on everything but the maize maze first.
The Giant Maize Maze at York Maze
This years maze (2019) is based on the Lion King. There are audio clues to find around the maze. Make sure you listen to all the instructions at the entrance to the maze before you head in. Don’t forget to fill in Kernel’s quiz trail in your challenge booklet as you make your way around. At the first entrance to the maze, you will see boards and mascots from their maize nazes through the years they’ve been open.
Once in the maze, you then have to find 6 platforms, hopefully in order. We are somewhat experts at mazes and we did OK. We did miss one platform out (number three) by accident and later worked out the answer to the quiz without needing to visit that platform.
There were also a couple of young men who were clearly doing very well so we did watch them a little to see where they went. But other than that with a bit of common sense and a bit of luck we managed the maze in 40 minutes. From the sky, the maize maze clearly looks like Lion King characters. You can’t tell that from the platforms or within the maze though.
Once at the top of each platform you can see where the next platform is that you need to head to. We used this opportunity to see what landmarks (such as poles and trees) the platforms were near. This helped a lot in finding the towers as the maize is super tall and pretty much impossible to see over. Each platform plays a clip of music from the Lion King and you are given the answer to each question.
It is worth noting that you can purchase a cheat pack from reception when you check-in. This costs £1.50 and if you don’t open it and hand it back in intact you can have your money back. We didn’t use ours but I kept it as I figured out there was a compass inside and I knew my son would love it.
Once you’ve completed the maize maze you leave via the exit and you have to shout out the answer to the quiz. We were then given a sticker each. Although from what I could see you receive a sticker regardless.
There are a few things now to do in this area which I will list below.
ScareCrow Centre is an undercover area where they have lots of animals and birds of prey that you can see and meet. They have sessions throughout the day where you can stroke an animal or hold an owl. We did queue but we had to give up waiting.
This is a sideways climbing wall. Suitable for children from about 4 years of age and over.
Remote control boats
This costs £1 a turn and you get to drive a remote control boat around a small pond.
Crowmania 2 Ride
Crowmania was excellent and easily my favourite thing to do at York Maze. It’s a 20-minute tractor ride but one that will make any other tractor ride completely boring in comparison. There was a warning before we went on that you will get very wet. We were sat on the front row and yes we did get wet but we dried off before we even got off. Now I’m not saying the same will be true for you but don’t miss it just because you might get wet.
They can sit LOADS of you on the back of the trailer. There were also at least two tractors with trailers riding around when we were there. You are introduced to the guide and the tractor driver. The guide is there to make sure you all have fun and join in. As you are driven around you have to shout out “Get lost crow” and the guide then squirts them.
But all is not as it seems, you will get squirted as well. Not just by your guide but by other surprise things. There are even people hidden along the course that you will meet along the way. It’s a bit like a ride through a pantomime with the end involving the goodie cornman versus the evil crowman. Expect plenty of corny jokes.
Corn on the club
This is a 9 hole crazy golf course with corns on the end of your clubs. What a challenge. Not only is a whole other experience hitting a golf ball with a cob shape on the end of your club but some of the holes are very challenging. It’s in a nice setting in amongst the trees – be prepared to not complete every hole.
Finger Fortune Maze
This is another of their maize mazes. For this one, you have to find 5 boards around the maze each with a different coloured chalk hole. The idea is to colour each finger with a different colour and then you can read your fortune at the end.
You pretty much can’t go wrong in the Jurassic maize maze. You enter as if you are entering Jurassic park itself, they even have the theme tune playing. At almost every turn there is a big dinosaur waiting for a photo with you. We easily found all the dinosaurs and we had great fun posing by them.
Also in this area, you will find giant mural painting, which is as it sounds. In the other part of the park, you will find the following.
Maze of Illusions
The Maze of illusions is a maze in the woods so it isn’t one of their maize mazes. There is all sorts of fun to find in this maze. All of them are optical illusions in one way or another.
KerNoel’s House Party
This is a show that happens 4 times a day. We ran out of time for it.
This is a giant inflatable assault course with three lanes where kids race each other to the finish line.
My son loved this. If it’s busy kids get a 3 minute session so no one has to wait too long. They go on in groups of 10 and the idea is to climb the volcano and then slide back down again. It’s not as easy as it looks though. The volcorno itself is almost like a giant inflatable and very slippy. It was quite funny watching some of the adults trying to help younger kids up.
Corn Snake Tower Sliders
Another favourite was the Corn Snake Tower sliders. You are handed a large hessian sack and kids must ride alone so make sure they are big enough before you queue. There are three slides to choose from – the wavy slide, the bumpy slide and the drop slide. We chose the wavy slide and it was great fun. I wished we’d had the time to be able to queue again.
My son LOVED the Mineshaft maze. He went back to it on two more occasions after his first time playing in there. There are tunnels to crawl through, steps up and down and all sorts of different ways to go.
Pig racing at York Maze is a major event and takes place three times a day. I think they do have one day of rest a week though. They used to race for money but now you select your pig by colouring your nose in one of four colours. You then go and stand by the flags of your chosen colour. There’s a lot of pre-race banter, songs and entertainment. Then they have someone that runs around the course, dressed as a corn on the cob and carrying a bucket of food. The idea is that the four pigs then run around after him. It almost went to plan and it is a bit blink and you may miss it but it was great fun and yet another unique thing to York Maze.
Corn on the Quad
These are 6 quad bikes that you can ride three times around the track for £1. They have a member of staff co-ordinating everyone and you can only go around as groups of 6. Children under 5 must ride with an adult.
COBweb Climbing zone and Cornstruction Zone
This area looked great fun with things to climb on plus plenty of sand and water play.
Utter CORNage and Angry Crows
This is where you go if you want to have fun and get really wet. The idea is to launch water at each other.
New House of Even More Confusion
The house of even more confusion is an indoor attraction which they only allow a few in at a time. All is not as it seems inside. Rooms magically begin to shrink, fall over and spin around!
The Popcorn Pillow is in sessions for different sizes, so the little ones can bounce about safely, and the bigger folks can go crazy!
York Maze is open from 13th July to 2nd September 2019. 7 days a week from 10 am until 6.30pm (Last admission 4.30pm). If you purchase your tickets online in advance you will benefit from a small discount of £1.00 each. An adult ticket online in advance costs £15.00 and children aged 3-15 years are £14.00. Under 3’s are free. They do have other pricing options including family tickets.
There are a few places to eat on-site and you are welcome to bring your own picnic.
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