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Monday, January 23rd, 2023 4:49pm

By Barbara Constable

Tom & Lisa Pearcy with their award

York Maze has been named as the best Large Farm Attraction in the UK at the annual National Farm Attractions Network (NFAN) awards ceremony. TV presenter Jules Hudson presented the awards at the Doubletree Hilton Majestic Hotel, Harrogate.

York Maze has been named as the best Large Farm Attraction in the UK at the annual National Farm Attractions Network (NFAN) awards ceremony. TV presenter Jules Hudson presented the awards at the Doubletree Hilton Majestic Hotel, Harrogate.

 Jules Hudson said: “I’m so impressed by the high standard of entries to this year’s awards which reflects the innovation and ambition of the sector. It was a tough decision for the judges and on behalf of NFAN, I’d like to thank them for their time and effort. It’s a real honour to present these awards to such worthy winners.”

 Paul Kelly from British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) who judged the Large Farm Attraction of the Year said: “One of my highlights of 2022 was the opportunity to visit the finalists in the large attraction category. Without exception it was a pleasure to be in locations that are so focused on the enjoyment of the customer. This year’s standard was the highest I have seen since I have been asked to play a part in the judging process. All those involved should be very proud to be shortlisted and the winner’s achievement should be proudly displayed for all to see.”

 The Judges were impressed with the range of facilities at York Maze, value for money, good staff interaction, ease of booking and great atmosphere on site. They highlighted the adoption of new technology and the attention to detail on customer service.

Tom Pearcy, York Maze owner said, “We are honoured to receive such a prestigious national award. To be recognised as the best farm attraction in the UK is a tribute to our amazing team who conistently work to make sure every single visitor has an amazing experience! We have some exciting plans for this year and a new maze design to reveal when we re-open in July.”



York Maze is the creation of local farmer Tom Peacy and covers 15 acres (8 football pitches) in size, it is the biggest and most visited maize maze in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Over 1 million maize seeds are planted in April and GPS technology is used to create the intricate pattern of pathways which from the aerial design. By the middle of July the maize plants will have grown to 2m tall and the maze can open for visitors to get lost!

 Farmer Tom Pearcy’s previous York Maze designs:

2002   Viking Longship

2003   Spiders Web

2004   Flying Scotsman

2005   Big Ben

2006   Star Trek

2007   James Bond

2008   Statue of Liberty

2009   Astronaut

2010    Spitfire

2011    Harry Potter

2012   Mayan God of Corn

2013   Dalek & Doctor Who

2014   Yorkshiremen – Brian Blessed, Geoff Boycott & Jeremy Clarkson

2015   Thunderbird 2

2016   Roald Dahl characters

2017   Star Wars

2018   Jurassic Park

2019   Lion King

2020   CLOSED due to COVID-19

2021   Mr. Men & Little Miss

2022   LEGO 90th Anniversary


 York Maze celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2022. As well as the giant maize maze, York Maze offers families a full day out with over 20 other maze and corn themed attractions, rides and shows including; Crowmania tractor trailer ride, the dinosaur themed Jurassic Maize, Volcorno Climb, Popcorn Pillow, Corn Snake Tower slides, Maze of Illusions, House of Cornfusion, Corn on the Club crazy golf and the Cobstacle Course the world’s only corn themed obstacle course.

 York Maze Elvington Lane (B1228), York, YO19 5LT. Telephone: 01904 608000. www.yorkmaze.com.

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