The Great Yorkshire Maze opened on 22nd July, a brand new attraction for this summer, located on the A64 York to Scarborough Road at Sherburn. We went for a family day out last weekend to see what it was like.
Getting there from Hull took around an hour (our sat nav took us via Malton which was a longer way around, its near the bottom of Staxton Hill so the Beverley and Driffield way was quicker). We arrived at 11am and the sight from the road looks very exciting, a big circus top poking out the top of a beautiful field of maize. There are fairground rides and games to go on 2 mazes to do, plus kids shows in the big top 3 times a day.
We started with the smaller maze; it has scarecrows to find throughout it and it’s a short walk around, my children enjoyed finding the scarecrows (especially the one who looked just like their nanna!). We then went on some of the fairground rides before heading inside the big top to have our picnic on a bench. There were benches inside and outside that you can use to eat a picnic or food bought from the cafe but the entertainer was starting a show at 12.30pm so we picked inside and ate our lunch then watched some of his show.
We then headed out to do the larger maze, finding the middle pretty easily then enjoying walking around it. My children absolutely loved running ahead, hiding and then jumping out at us to surprise us! We really did have a good laugh and giggle as a family and really enjoyed that bit.
We then went on a few extra rides and played on the giant football target which my son loved, it’s something we’ve not seen or done before.
After around 2 and a half hours we felt we had done everything so carried on in the car to the coast for a beach walk. There are some lovely beaches nearby and we thought about going into Scarborough or to Cayton Bay but eventually decided on Filey, it was only around a 15 minute drive.
Here are my top tips if you are planning a day at the Great Yorkshire Maze:
Plan it as part of a day out – for example combined with a visit to the coast or another attraction nearby, as for us it wasn’t more than a half day activity.
Take a picnic – the cafe was open and serving snacks and quick meals but there was a long queue so we found taking our own better to have whenever we wanted it.
Social distancing – the staff were cleaning down rides after use and there was a lot of sanitiser points but we went on a Sunday and it was busy and hard to avoid people in the maze. If you are anxious about social distancing pick a time it may be quieter and avoid sunny weekends!
Costs – your entry fee gets you into the mazes and 2 tokens per person for the rides, after that you need to buy more at £3 each so it can add up to be very expensive. Adults have to accompany under 12 so that zaps your adult tokens too! We let our children see all the rides and decide which they wanted to go on at the start and plan out what we were doing, we got 3 rides out of the entry tokens and did end up buying 2 extra. You need to buy tokens to play on any of the games, but they are a prize every time so you do get something from those.
Toilets – It is in a field in the middle of nowhere so it is portaloos (so just be prepared for those!)
Footwear – I’d recommend trainers. The fairground is on a field of soil and the paths around the maze are soil which was very dry when we were there so very dusty. I wore some nice white sandals which came back black!
The Great Yorkshire Maze is open daily until 6th September 2020, 10am to 6pm, last admissions at 4.30pm. For more information and to pre-book tickets visit their website here.