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.
Situated just off A64 in Sherburn, midway between Malton and Scarborough.
Last admissions at 4.00pm.
TICKET PRICES :
- ADULT £10.95CHILD (ages 3-15) £9.95
- BABIES (2 and under) Free
- CONCESSIONS £9.95
- FAMILY OF 3 £28.50
- FAMILY OF 4 £38.00
- FAMILY OF 5 £47.50
- ENTRY TO THE YORKSHIRE DRAGON MAZE
- ENTRY TO THE MINI-MAZE
- TWO RIDES PER PERSON AT THE VINTAGE FUNFAIR (choice of Dodgems, Speedway, Chair-O-Plane, Twister, Octopus, Muffin the Mule, Hush Hush Train or Swing Boats).
- ACCESS TO BIG TOP ENTERTAINMENT Game Stalls and Football Darts (to include a prize every time) £3 per person.
Additional Funfair rides £3.
Disabled and Carers 50% discount: ie Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and their carer. Please bring proof. Blue Badges not accepted proof.
NHS Staff: We offer 20% discount to NHS staff and their families. Please bring proof of employment