It’s been 20 amazing years! How York Maze has grown and grown
When it comes to summer attractions, York Maze is in a field of its own.
It will open next month offering 20 rides and shows alongside the famous maize maze – having outgrown all expectations from when it began as a farm diversification project in 2002.
Today, it is the biggest attraction of its kind in Europe and one of Yorkshire’s most popular summer family days out – with an armful of awards to boot.
This year the York Maze will run from Saturday 16 July to Monday 5 September. There’ll be two new shows and three new attractions.
And once again YorkMix Radio Breakfast hosts Ben Fry and Laura Castle will be the ‘voices of the Maze’, giving you clues to guide you round.
‘It hasn’t always been easy’
York Maze is the brainchild of farmer Tom Pearcy. He is amazed – what else? – at what has been achieved over the last 20 years.
“Excuse the corn themed puns but, cornsidering where we started we have certainly come a long way from the early days when an old double decker bus was our ticket office, café, gift shop and my office cornbined!
“It hasn’t always been easy, challenges have cropped up along the way, we’ve had to corntend with hurricanes, floods and drought.
“And of course in 2020 due to Covid we didn’t get to open at all.
“The maize maze is still at the heart of what we do and now York Maze has grown to be a full day out with over 20 attractions, rides and shows. We are always innovating and developing new attractions to give visitors new reasons to return.”
Previous designs for the York Maze include:
- Doctor Who – to mark the 50th anniversary of the show
- Yorkshire legends – visited by Brian Blessed and Geoff Boycott who both had their faces carved in the corn
- Star Wars – an event launched by Darth Vader and countless storm troopers.
Tickets are on sale for this year now at the the York Maze website.