At over 18 acres, York Maze lays claim to the tremendous title of largest maize maze in Europe. Of course, setting foot in such a labyrinth could leave you as lost as the proverbial needle. But thankfully there are talking sculptures and clues to help you muddle on through.
Star attractions If being the largest maze in Europe weren’t enough, York Maze also boasts the UK’s largest inflatable slide. There are also play areas, pig racing and – new for 2011 – the CrowMania tractor trailer ride, where visitors must help the farmer scare off the mischievous crows with water cannons (RIP the scarecrow…). Those pesky crows fight back and inevitably everyone gets a wee bit wet.
Family X Factor Children love to lead the way in finding the route through the maze. The massive sand and water play area and jumping pillow are a big hit with families, as is the barbecue area.
Not many people know this but… York Maze is cut out of a giant field of maize plants, similar to corn on the cob, but only suitable for animal feed. There are over 1.5 million maize plants at York Maze.
Celebrate Yorkshire Day at the Great York Maze ‘Straw Bale Race’. How fast can you cover the 100m sprint whilst pushing a round bale?
World Sweetcorn Eating Championships & Festival
A day of events to celebrate the wonderful plants the maze is made from with live music and sweetcorn BBQ. Watch the excitement of the World Sweetcorn Eating Championships, or join in yourself. Could you be the one to set a new record and walk away with a cash prize!
York Maze will be teaming up with local charities to help raise valuable funds to help in their work. Join in the fun and games on the day with stalls and activities that will raise some much needed cash, while you have fun.
Beach Party & Barbeque
Chill out at York Maze’s very own beach – the giant sand play area. Join the York Maze beach party with a surf simulator, limbo dancing, music and barbeque. Cool off in “water wars” where everyone can get a soaking!
Torchlight Maze (open until 10pm)
For a completely different maze experience try it in the dark! We will stay open right through until 10pm. BBQ and café open all night. Don’t forget your torch! Normal admission charges apply.
See displays of dog agility, obedience and fly ball racing. Bring your dog along and give it a try.
Cost £9.50 (adults), £8.50 (children).
York Maze opens on July 16 and is open daily 10am–6.30pm (last admission 4.30pm) until September 4 when the maize maze is harvested and fed to the cows.
York Maze, Elvington Lane (B1228), York, YO19 5LT, just off the A1079 Hull Road.
Also in the area The National Railway Museum, Castle Museum and Jorvik Viking Centre.