York, North Yorkshire
We’re really resisting the urge to use an a-maze-ing pun here… York Maze, is quite simply the largest maze in the UK.
Its twisting walkways spread over 15 acres, using more than one million maize plants to create its dizzying effects in farmers’ fields just outside the city of York.
Of course the fact those plants are living and growing means that the maize maze can only be visited at certain times of year, with the summer season usually opening just before the schools close and coming to an end sometime after Halloween.
You wouldn’t want to be trudging around those fields in winter perhaps, but in summer, they turn into a delight thanks to the ornate pathways carved into the plants; view them from above and you might think the aliens have been back to create new crop circles, until you realise some of them actually are shaped like various celebs and famous figures.
Kids and adults can burn off plenty of energy, bouncing, sliding and racing around the mazes, but there’s more to York Maze than just that.
There are over 20 rides and attractions, including, crazy golf, a ‘Cobstacle Course’, towering slides, and mountains made from bales.
It’s the kind of place that’s going to leave the whole family with an appetite, and luckily, there’s a burger joint, The Kernels Kitchen, using patties from a homemade recipe, and a coffee shop in a wooden pavilion. Both have picnic tables that allow visitors to eat outside if the weather stays good.
Parking is free – sometimes a Godsend anywhere around York – but do remember, this is all built on farmland, so it pays to pack weather appropriate footwear.
Check out the website for more information on their regular events, through the season.
A fun-filled day out in Yorkshire for all the family.
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