Owner, York Maze
After moving back to the 400 acre family farm in York, Tom Pearcy set up York Maze for the first time in the summer of 2002 for 7 weeks whilst also running the farm. In the first season the attraction welcomed 7,000 visitors with the Maze and one employee to sell tickets! Over the following 2 summers Tom added other attractions to the site, including a petting farm, tractor and trailer rides and refreshment kiosks.
Becoming increasingly busy with visitor numbers at 25,000 Tom decided to focus on the Maze and contract out the farm work to a neighbouring farmer. Working with David Leon of Partners Leisure in York he worked on developing the profile of the attraction along with making improvements to gain a doubling of visitor numbers in 2005.
With the huge challenge of having to re-site the maze to a different location and the many issues that surrounded this Tom was delighted to open at its new home in Elvington Lane in 2008.
The move to the old farmstead allowed the creation of toilets, a café and gift shop. Huge play areas were installed and all the old favourite attractions were moved. The move to the new site cost over £1m. Visitor numbers, spend per head and dwell time have continued to grow at the new site and in 2013 the maze welcomed over 120,000 visitors between its different events.
York maze has won many awards, and prides itself on great customer service.