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Family Review: York Maze's Jurassic Maze

By Dan Phillips | 1st August 2018

York Maze, What's On York, Summer Holidays in York, family friendly

The fearless Phillips family petting the dinosaurs

“Well this is..cornfusing!” Looking down in the dusty tracks of York Maze, Rosa, six, manages a fitting pun whilst I gaze at a second set of our own footprints. We’d gone in a circle.

Seen from above York Maze this year has been carved into an elaborate T-Rex attacking a Triceratops mural. In trying to find one of the six dinosaurs secreted around the Maze we had trekked around a Tyrannosaur eye.

Now in its 16th year, as well as being home to its huge one million plant strong labyrinth star attraction, the Maze packs in over a dozen other activities each with an appropriate corn based pun - scale the Volcorno, race through the Cobstacle course or dare yourself to slide the Cornsnake deep drop tunnel. The Crowmania 2 Ride, where evil crows are tackled with water cannons, brings both pantomime and a welcome cooling.

York Maze, What's On York, Summer Holidays in York, family friendly

Crowmania 2

What cuts York Maze above other themed days out is not, however, its excellent attractions but its staff. Whilst queues were rare on our visit, the staff are on hand to entertain in these enforced intervals with Josh the magician, Sweetie and the Kernal and tying in with the Jurassic theme the new and realistic ‘sweetie-osaurus’ raptors simultaneously delighting and terrifying my two year old.

Our own children’s ages span two, six and seven so finding a venue that pitches effortlessly across those ages without the eldest feeling patronized or the youngest disbarred by height restrictions is refreshing.

York Maze, What's On York, Summer Holidays in York, family friendly

Is she terrified or delighted?

With this summer delivering on the season’s promise of scorching temperatures the presence of huge canopied seated areas at both ends of the park is welcome and necessary. As is the lack of liberty taking on food pricing. Normally in a bid to cut expense I’d insist on picnics, but York Maze’s fare of locally produced burger, sausage, falafel and of course sweet corn is perfectly priced and served with non-plastic containers and cutlery.

Our own children’s ages span two, six and seven so finding a venue that pitches effortlessly across those ages without the eldest feeling patronized or the youngest disbarred by height restrictions is refreshing. York Maze hits that note and packs in more than you can do in a day. You’ve six weeks of summer. Take a day to get lost.

York Maze, What's On York, Summer Holidays in York, family friendly

An Owen at large

Top tips__

Book online for a £5 discount. A family of four costs £54 this way.

Go early. There’s loads to do so go early to beat the odd queue and have the time to pack it all in.

Just like everywhere else it’s hot. Pack lots of water, hats and sun cream etc.

Don’t miss the House of Cornfusion. It’s on the right as soon as go in and is brilliant fun.

For a shaded change of pace, there’s crazy golf set in a willow wood and a new birds of prey and reptile enclosure next to the Crowmania tractor ride.

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