Thursday, 27 August 2015

York Maze - 10 reasons why it's AMAZING!

York Maze will always hold a very special place in my heart as it's where Dave & I got married just over three years ago.


But aside from being a truly fabulous wedding venue I wanted to share ten more reasons why York Maze is A-maze-ing!! 

1. Your ticket price is your day paid for
It's a real bug bear of mine when you pay an entrance fee to an attraction and then spend the rest of the day being bombarded with ways to make you spend more money.  This doesn't happen at York Maze - for example, there's nobody trying to take a photo of you with Maze mascots Kernel & Sweetie then trying to sell you it, quite the opposite in fact as when we arrived there was actually a really friendly member of staff offering to take photographs for us which was really thoughtful - it's not easy to get a family photo on an adventure for the most part!  (Check out the York Maze website for prices and online booking discounts)


2. Fantastic staff 
Every single member of staff we came into contact with was really lovely and accommodating; from the guy helping us to make sure we joined the shortest queue at the entrance to the very friendly Adam who was giving out stickers at the end of the Maze - they were smiling, enthusiastic and keen to make sure we really enjoyed our day.

3. The Maze 
Obviously.  I've never been in a maize maze before so wasn't really sure what to expect.  This year's theme at York Maze is Thunderbirds and you are challenged to find your way around the Maze searching out 6 stations and answering questions along the way.  The answers will give you a secret code to enter at the exit allowing you to open the safe door and post your completed form for the chance to win a prize.  We managed to find all 6 stations without using the map (we didn't find them in the right order but this didn't really matter).


4. Money Back Map
I was quite daunted at the thought of entering the Maze and worried that it would get quite tedious with three small children in tow if we couldn't find out way out again.  Thankfully you're offered the option to buy a map at the entrance - at just £1.50.  However, if you do make it out of the Maze without opening your map you'll get your £1.50 refunded at the shop on your way out at the end of the day making it a cracking insurance policy!  I would suggest it's well worth investing. 


5. Pushchair friendly
Although York Maze is basically set in acres and acres of farm land it is relatively pushchair accessible - though I must admit we chose to take the baby-wearing route with Amy when we went making it a little easier to get around the site.  The Maze itself is quite a solid path and, although it can be sticky in places, it is possible to navigate with your pushchair.  On the days where the weather has made a real mess of the Maze, Farmer Tom takes the decision to either open the Maze later giving it time to dry (it opened at 12pm when we visited) or on some occasions close it altogether offering a reduced entrance fee.  (It's worth checking York Maze social media for announcements about this - Facebook / Twitter)  It's also worth considering your footwear - we wore wellies for our day at the Maze and were really glad of them. 


6. It's Puntastic
From the "Cobstacle Course" to "I've cornquested York Maze" or a whole range of F1 related pig monikers (Teamo Hock, James Runt - you get the picture) there is a real sense of humour about a day out at York Maze with something to make you laugh around every corner.  (I was particularly amused by the large sign for "Lost Parents Here" 


7. Plenty of options for food
Whilst you're more than welcome to take a picnic to York Maze and there's plenty of picnic benches scattered around the site there's also the Coffee Shop offering freshly made coffee and homemade sandwiches and cakes or the The Kernel's Kitchen serving an epic range of delicious burgers (at reasonable prices).  (Watch out for wasps keen to share your picnic - the team at York Maze have clearly done what they can to minimize their presence but they're there nevertheless.)


8. Corn Snakes Slides
New to York Maze for 2015 are the Corn Snake Slides - with a smaller "Little Snake Slide" which was perfect for slide obsessed Amy and then three different tower slides to experience.  Although Chloe was a bit daunted by the height of the slides when she first saw them, after a bit of gentle encouragement to get her down the first time she went on three times in a row.  Ben of course had to try all three and I think would have spent quite a long time up and down those slides had we allowed it!  (And yes, they're big enough for grown ups to as Dave proved!)


9. Crazy Golf
I have to give mention to the Crazy Golf course purely because I somehow manage to score a "hole in one" - not once but three times - whilst wearing a small person strapped to my back!  The Crazy Golf course was just long enough for Ben and Chloe to enjoy having a go but not get fed up with it.  The course can get a little backed up if the people in front of you are a bit slow to get their holes but it wasn't too much of a wait to get round. 


10. The Bouncy Pillow
The enormous bouncy pillow is a true highlight of a day at York Maze.  One of my favourite photographs from our wedding is of us on the bouncy pillow and I know it's something that Ben remembers from the day.  In recent years Farmer Tom has added a roof to the bouncy pillow to allow it to be used in (almost) all weathers.  A great practical solution to our unpredicatable weather, though I did think it was a shame as it didn't feel quite so eciting with a roof on for some reason - perhaps that's just me.  We were all keen to get on the bouncy pillow and have a jump about!  There are two queues, organised by height so that older, more exuberant bouncers can get on and enjoy themselves without fear of hurting the little ones!  In recent years Farmer Tom has added a roof to the bouncy pillow to allow it to be used in (almost) all weathers.


Though we spent over 6 hours at York Maze we still didn't even touch upon some of the other things on offer like the water fights, the House of Cornfusion or Crowmania. The really is just so much to do that, weather permitting, you can easily be there from opening to closing! 

I could go on writing about our day at York Maze for ever but I think you get the point - it's a great day out and we will definitely be taking our brood back next year! 

 

39 comments:

  1. This looks like such a fun day out for the kids. Must remember to go when I'm in York. I love the Cobmobile!!

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  2. OH WOW! This looks like THE BEST place to get married. You guys are awesome! I wanna meet Dave, I think I'd like him as much as you. I bet you two are great to get a bit p*ssed with! :) On another note - I wanna go to York Maze! I actually have always wanted to go to York. Think we might need a little holiday! x

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    1. Definitely organise yourself a trip to York - it's a gorgeous place to visit. We could easily come over and meet you x

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  3. I love York Maze! Me and Callum have been before with no kiddies and it's just as much fun for the adults (well if they're big kids at heart!)
    AliceMegan

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  4. Sounds fab. I also massively dislike once you have paid to get in then you have to fork out for more stuff too.

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  5. This is just my type of day out. I've never been to York but hubby has and said it's beautiful. Must come for a visit x

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  6. Looks fab! The UK has some great days out for families!

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  7. Looks like you had a fabulous day out - I'll definitely have to remember it next time we're down that way.

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  8. That's so cool! We went to York in May and had a wonderful time! Next time we pop back we'll be sure to visit x #TriedTested

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  9. I don't like mazes after getting lost at Longleat so I LOVE how you are given a map as an insurance policy - I wouldn't mind trying this one now!

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  10. That looks like a great day, I am scared of mazes, hate the thought of being stuck in there so I would be buying the map!!

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  11. Wow this looks like a fab dayout! Such a great idea with the money-back map and anywhere that's pushchair friendly gets my vote. That burger looks pretty tasty too! #TriedTested

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  12. Oh what fun - looks like a brilliant day out :) #TriedTested

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  13. This looks like such a fab day out. I haven't actually been in a maize maze before, I think I would be worried I would get lost!

    Laura x x x - See more at: http://www.goingonanadventure.co.uk/2015/08/york-maze-10-reasons-why-its-amazing.html?showComment=1441099165245#c3834095019864505817

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  14. This sounds like a lovely place, and wow, that burger!
    We went to a similar place yesterday where there was hedge maze, miniature golf, play area, tea rooms and a butterfly zoo.
    We only went into the butterfly zoo and of course the tea rooms but I am looking forward to going back when Aria is a little older.

    #TriedTested

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  15. This looks like such a great day out! I love 'value for money' places and this certainly looks like it. York isn't too far from us at all and maybe we could tie it in with an overnight stay and a visit to the Yorvik Centre or something. x #triedtested

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  16. That looks like a great day out, I hate when you go somewhere and then end up spending a fortune on extras too. I have never actually been in a proper maze before , unless I have as a child and forgot xx #TriedTested

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  17. What a wonderful day out....It sounds fantastic! Great value for money...

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  18. This sounds so well set up! The code is a fab idea, as it the money back for your map! Will add it to the list when we're next up that way!

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  19. This looks fab, what a fun day out and that burger looks yummy! #TriedTested

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  20. This looks like great fun! My parents have recently moved to York so I'll look into it when we visit #triedtested

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  21. This looks awesome. We love a good maize maze but we are yet to find one taller than the adults! We will have to put this on our list for when the little one is a bit older! #TriedTested

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    1. Bearing in mind my husband is 6ft 5 I think you can see from the photos that this one is definitely tall enough :D

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  22. I didn't realise there was so much to do at the Maze and that food looks fab. I think we will definitely be visiting soon, thank you for a great review x

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  23. I had no idea there was SO MUCH to do at York Maze. It does look like an aMAZEing day out (I love a good pun too, one of the many things the kids are going to think makes me really cool when they're teenagers!). That burger looks pretty darn good too! Thanks for linking up with #YorkshireFamily

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  24. Wow it looks like a fab day out! We love York so its great o know of new fun things to do there!

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  25. That burger looks sooooo good! x #TriedTested

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  26. We e had a few run ins with wasps this summer. I have considered taking a fly swat out with me :)
    I was going to launch into some aMAZEing puns but I won't. It looks so cool and I'd be waged to go just for that burger ha ha

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  27. Looks a great place to visit. Many years since I was last in York. Probably didn't exist then #TriedTested

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  28. Collette we chatted about this last week on instagram, we just lust loved ti there on our first visit last week, it is the most incredible place. So much fun that maze is so huge and the corn on the cob man blew my mind ha ha x

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  29. We love a maze and a bouncy pillow. Simple pleasures #triedtested

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  30. Wow what a quirky place for a family outing! I always thought this was an archetypically American thing to do (maize maze) and would not have thought you could find one in UK. Looks fab! Thanks for hosting! :)

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  31. Sounds like an an a-maizing day out indeed! And I love your wedding pic - gorgeous!
    #TriedTesed

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  32. Wow, that really is a proper day out, isn't it? Looks great fun for all the family. Love The Cobmobile!

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  33. This sounds like an amazing day out (no pun intended). I love a maze and Tin Box Tot loves those huge noisy pillows - everyone's a winner! #triedtested

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  34. Never been before, but it looks like a good day out. Love the cobmobile - that's now moved to the top of my car must have list :)

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  35. Oh wow, this look amazing! We have family near York so this might be the perfect thing to do when we go to visit them! I think Boo would have so much fun

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  36. It really does look amazing!! Love your pictures and it sounds like so much fun, definitely on our must visit list! Thanks for linking up with #WHWH

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