We visited the Great Ryedale Maze located on the A64 York to Scarborough Road at Sherburn. You can book via the website HERE or pay at the gate. £10.95 per adult and £9.95 per child (family tickets and concessions available). Your entry fee gets you into the mazes, the show in the big top and 2 tokens per person for the rides.
Henry (aged 9) volunteered to write the review. Read what he thought here….
Great Ryedale Maze is a good place for everybody whether they are big or small, old or young. You can go in the maze which is an amazing puzzle or have lots of fun on the dodgems, merry-go-round, or any of the other rides.
My favourite part was the ride that went up and down while spinning round and round, each of these rides needed tokens which were £3 each, I also liked the dodgems as they were very fast and it was great fun to bump into people, especially Mummy and Eliza!
We met 3 of my friends there (with their Mums and siblings) and we had a great time altogether running and giggling. We could run without Mummy worrying as she knew where we were. The Mummies let us run through the maze together without them. We had a map and we had great fun exploring our route through. We knew they were at the entrance so felt quite safe. Our only issue was Eliza, who is a bit frightened of dogs, wasn’t thrilled when we met a family with a dog in the maze.
Eliza’s (age 6) favourite part was “Hook a Duck” because you win one prize every time (with tokens which were £3) – I love my Troll. I also liked the maze – there were two mazes (a little maze and a big maze), I liked the little maze best where you could spot dragons.
We arrived at 10am and we were excited to see a big circus top poking out the top of the maize. There are kids shows (Professor Dan) in the big top 3 times a day (11am, 12.30pm and 2pm), Mummy had a coffee and said it was very nice. They were doing snacks and quick meals but we had to leave at lunchtime so Mummy had packed us a picnic.
We went in the smaller maze first whilst we waited for the others to arrive, then a few goes on the rides whilst Eliza and her friend had a go on Hook a Duck before we popped into the big top for the show. We then headed out to do the larger maze. The clues were fun and added to the interest. My friends and I had the map, running ahead, hiding and then jumping out at each other whilst the Mum’s stayed at the entrance. We felt safe and really enjoyed being on our own.
We had a few more goes on the rides and a go on the football target game. We won some great footballs! The Mum’s suggested one more run in the maze….
Eliza and I enjoyed our time at Great Ryedale Maze. We spent two and a half hours there which was fine as we had done everything before we then had to rush off to work with Mummy! She keeps us busy so it was a picnic in the car!
Here are the parent top tips if you are planning a visit to the Great Ryedale Maze:
Costs – your entry fee gets you into the mazes, the show in the big top and 2 tokens per person for the rides, after that you need to buy more at £3 each so it can add up quite quickly if you have a few kids with you. Let your children see all the rides and decide which they wanted to go on at the start and plan out what they would like to do. There are rides of all speeds to cater for all kids. Bear in mind, some rides need adults to accompany smaller children which does require tokens. You need to buy tokens to play on any of the games, but they are ALL a prize every time so you do get something from those. Obviously no prizes for going on the rides!
Covid – there was plenty of hand sanitiser and space. The staff were cleaning down rides after use.
Toilets – It is in a field in the middle of nowhere so it is portaloos (so just be prepared for those!)
Footwear – we all wore trainers which was perfect. It is in a field so the paths are soil, which when we went was dry. If it does rain, you may want to consider something more waterproof.
Location – very easy to find, remember the A64 can be busy with traffic heading to the coast. It does however, mean you can tie in with a trip to the seaside too!