A-maze-ing summer fun returns to North Yorkshire

With the easing of lockdown restrictions, The Great Ryedale Maze (formerly known as The Great Yorkshire Maze) is preparing to make a welcome return to North Yorkshire this summer, following its hugely popular debut in 2020.

By Louise Perrin
Monday, 19th April 2021, 3:29 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 4:21 pm
The maze offers great fun for all the family
The maze offers great fun for all the family

Nestled in beautiful countryside at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds, The Great Ryedale Maze will once again ‘crop up’ at Sherburn, midway between Scarborough and Malton over the summer holidays, opening on Wednesday July 14.

The Great Ryedale Maze promises a field full of fun for adults, teenagers and children, with two mazes, an action-packed vintage funfair, football darts and a big top with live entertainment for families.

There will also be a range of hot and cold food and drinks to cater for all tastes, served from the Cabin Café.

There are also traditional fairground rides to enjoy

The larger of the two mazes, the specially designed Yorkshire Dragon Maze, comprises nine acres of maize plants – that’s 55,000 seeds – and over two miles of paths to challenge the navigation skills, as well as a series of clues to test the powers of deduction.

For younger adventurers there’s the two-acre Mini-Maze, the design of which is still a secret but will feature some colourful characters as well as an environmental message.

The vintage funfair brings even more fun this year, for all ages - there’s an exhilarating motorbike ride aboard the 1936 Speedway, a race around the Brooklands Dodgems from 1937, a bird’s eye spin on the 1930s Chair-o-Plane, and for the adventurous, a newly restored 1950s Twister.

Children can climb aboard the oldest ride Hush Hush the Train dating from 1933, while Muffin the Mule and Swing Boats will bring further fun.

Can you solve the Great Ryedale Maze?

The game stalls offer a chance to impress the family and win a prize every time visitors can have a go at the newly-restored rifle range or basketball, then try to hook-a-duck or flip-a-frog.

To kick off the Euro 2021 vibe and for some competitive fun there’s football darts - instead of throwing a dart, budding footballers can take aim at the giant velcro dartboard and show off their striking skills!

There will be picnic tables and benches socially-distanced around the fairground and inside the big top for visitors to relax and enjoy a range of family-friendly live entertainment at set times throughout the day, with a cuppa and cake, a berry best ice cream, or a barbecued bite from the Cabin Café.

Organiser of The Great Ryedale Maze, James Cundall said: “We are very excited to be bringing The Great Ryedale Maze back to the heart of North Yorkshire

Fun on the swingboats

"It’s been a challenging year for everyone so it will be wonderful to be able to provide fun and entertainment of the highest quality over the summer, in a safe environment, for families who have had a long period in isolation.”

The Great Ryedale Maze is located just off the A64 in Sherburn, approximately 11 miles from both Malton and Scarborough. All Covid-19 guidance from the Government is continuously monitored and followed.

For more information visit: www.greatryedalemaze.com

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