Local parent, Vicky, went along to York Maze this Summer, here is what she thought:
On one of the hottest days of the year so far I visited York Maze with my two boys aged 5 and 6, along with 2 mum- friends with a total of 5 other children ranging from 2 years old to 6.
York Maze is easy to find, straight off a main road and has plenty of parking. We visited on one of the first days of the school holidays and it was busy but not ridiculously so and busyness did not impact our day at all, no queue to get in, easy to park. It is not a cheap day out, tickets are a little cheaper booked online up to midnight the day before, but expect to spend £60 for entry for a family of 4, under 3’s are free.
There is SO much to do! This place is definitely a full day out, we arrived at opening, stayed until 5.30pm and did not manage to see and do everything.
Attractions include a huge sand pit with a climbing frame in it, a huge bouncy pillow, The Popcorn Pillow, (which, unlike many places, is not a free for all and children get a very orderly 10 minute session on it with some sessions just for smaller children- I liked this!) Huge tube slides called ‘The Corn Snake Slides’, the ‘Volcorno’ slide which is a unique climbing structure and slide, a bouncy castle obstacle course (the Cobstacle course’) again run in a very orderly way, not a free for all, the huge maize maze, mini golf, reptile displays with handling sessions throughout the day (my boys now want an African Giant Landsnail…!) a mural wall for painting, a climbing wall (The Cornwall) various other mini maizes, an interactive tractor ride (which is more of a show with live actors popping out on the way round as you hunt for the baddy- The Crow King !)
Then there is pig racing at various intervals throughout the day- again an interactive live show, and KerNoels House Party which is a very funny and well delivered comedy show. And loads more things to do.
There are live characters wandering around for meet and greets- Mrs Sweetie and Kernel Corn (or something like that) which is a nice touch and gives the place a ‘theme park with a twist’ feel to it!
The corn/maize theme is strong and could almost get a bit much with everything named after corn or maize- so you need to go with good humour and embrace it. The loos are clean and plentiful and there are loads of places to have a pic-nic including a large covered barn, so best to take a good pack-up and save some money, we had pizza for dinner there before we left for home after a pic-nic lunch and found the catering to be is good but pricey.
Overall I thought York Maze was a great, full on day out, so much to do we stayed all day and didn’t manage to squeeze it all in. There is something for all ages of children, plenty for older ones, but the younger ones in our party (twin boys who were 4 recently) did get very tired by mid afternoon on a hot day and had to go home and perhaps didn’t get the same value as the older ones so I would say it is aimed at school age children rather than toddlers.
It was great to visit in a sunny day but wet weather would not have spoiled it as many activities are covered.
We will definitely visit again!
See the York Maze Listing HERE for more information