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.
Remember the 1980s film Labyrinth starring the late, great David Bowie? Well that’s the kind of feel you get with a visit to Yorkshire’s most famous folly, The Forbidden Corner. This unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and surprises created within a four-acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park in the Yorkshire Dales claims to be the strangest place in the world – and it’s hard to disagree with them.
Looking for something quirky? How about the chance to go llama trekking in Yorkshire. Yes, we know these slightly strange looking creatures and their cousins alpacas are more normally found in South America, but you don’t have to venture that far when you can meet them in Nidderdale. Nidderdale Llamas operates from Kiln Farm, a friendly, family-run trekking centre in heart of Nidderdale, not far from the town of Pately Bridge in North Yorkshire.
Enjoy an unforgettable encounter and get to meet birds of prey at SMJ Falconry. Both half and full-day experiences are catered for and both offer the chance to get up-close and personal with more than 30 different types of birds of prey including owls, falcons, hawks, kestrels, kites, and eagles.
Pesky Husky is a unique Yorkshire experience. The company was set up in 2007 to teach people about the breed and now offers mushing tours in Yorkshire around a purpose-built course. You’ll need no snow when you jump on their specially adapted carriages!
There are few more noble pursuits as thrilling as falconry… and you can get up close to birds of prey at the Coniston Hotel outside Skipton. The hotel, in a gorgeous setting on a 1,400-acre estate overlooking Coniston Lake is a great setting to try our this amazing sport.
Form your own SWOT team to take part in life-like laser combat battles. Battlefield LIVE is the latest outdoor shoot-em-up game and visitors can play at Action Zone in Harrogate. Your laser-powered arsenal can include a choice of pistols, sub-machine guns, assault rifles, sniper rifles and more
Yorkshire Trike Tours offers unique trips around the Yorkshire Dales on the back of a motorised Boom trike – think Easy Rider but with an expert chauffeur driving you around.
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