A 1000 year old carving of a Viking Dragon has been recreated as a maze in Sherburn, North Yorkshire, its intricate design providing a challenge for even the most experienced of maze explorers.
Now open until 5th September, 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 is also a range of hot and cold food and drinks to cater for all tastes, served from the Cabin Café.
The larger of the two mazes is the specially designed Yorkshire Dragon Maze, which takes its inspiration from the rich history of the Ryedale area, and in particular the Viking carving of a dragon at Levisham church, known as the Ryedale Dragon. A series of fun clues around the maze will test the powers of deduction and assist with navigating the complex design.
For younger adventurers there’s the two-acre Dragon Mini-Maze, with a simpler design and colourful dragons to meet along the way, including Typhon, Viserion and Pendragon. Its entrance sign ‘Here Be Dragons’ echoes the marking of unexplored territories on ancient maps, where dangers were thought to lurk.
Not only can dragons be found at The Great Ryedale Maze, but an Octopus too! The Vintage Funfair has three new rides this year - the 1960s Octopus and 1950s Twister will deliver thrilling white-knuckle rides for teenagers and parents. Adults and children alike can enjoy an exhilarating motorbike ride on the 1936 Speedway, a race around the Brooklands Dodgems from 1937 or a bird’s eye spin on the 1930s Chair-o-Plane. Kids can climb aboard the oldest ride Hush Hush the Train dating from 1933, while Swing Boats and the third new ride Muffin the Mule will bring further fun.
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 and Flip-a-Frog. Continuing the Euro 2020 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 are 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 says “We are very excited to be bringing The Great Ryedale Maze back to the heart of North Yorkshire. Our Yorkshire Dragon maze will bring local history to life by using a design created by a Viking over 1000 years ago. The maze will tell the story of the Vikings in North Yorkshire, while the Mini-Maze will promote an environmental message about climate change and plastic recycling.”
The Great Ryedale Maze is open every day until 5 September 2021, from 9.30am to 5.30pm with last admissions at 4.00pm. Tickets, which include entry to both mazes, two funfair rides and Big Top entertainment, are priced at £10.95 for adults and £9.95 for children (aged 3-15, under 3s free), with concessions, family prices and discounted tickets for NHS staff. Tickets can be purchased at the box office on site or booked in advance through Ticketsource.
Additional Funfair rides, Football Darts and Game Stalls are £3 per person, with a prize every time.
The Great Ryedale Maze is located just off the A64 in Sherburn, approximately 11 miles from both Malton and Scarborough, nestled in beautiful countryside at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds.
All Covid-19 guidance from the Government is continuously monitored and followed.
|Child (Aged 3-15)||£9.95|
|2 and under||Free|
|Family of 3||£28.50|
|Family of 4||£38|
|Family of 5||£47.50|