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York Maze unveils stunning summer 2024 Gruffalo theme

todayJuly 13, 2024 3

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The Gruffalo is taking over York Maze this summer.

Annually, the popular attraction creates themed mazes for families to enjoy. In previous years, we’ve seen Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lego and The Lion King themes.

For summer 2024, The Gruffalo has been fashioned into a wonderful maze.

Read more: ‘I took my kids to Yorkshire’s unofficial Harry Potter day out and they keep asking to go back’

The York attraction is marking 25 years of The Gruffalo story, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The Gruffalo attraction, at York Maze, will launch on Saturday, July 13. The team offered a preview with a stunning aerial shot of the maze.

Creating the maze is no easy feat. Every year farmer Tom Pearcy cuts out over 5km of pathways in his 15-acre field (the equivalent of eight football pitches) and plants more than a million maize seeds.

“I used to love reading The Gruffalo to my children,” said Tom. “It is something that appeals to grown-ups too. My design celebrating 25 Years of The Gruffalo has been cut out using GPS technology to plot the pathways. It is nerve wracking because I can’t tell if I’ve made a mistake and put a path in the wrong place until July when the maize plants are fully grown and the final image is revealed.”




Alex Sanson, senior brand manager for The Gruffalo at Magic Light Pictures, said: “We are so excited to see The Gruffalo as a maize maze as part of his 25th birthday celebrations. The Gruffalo’s Child is also featured in the design as she is marking 20 years this year. We hope that families in the local area will love exploring the Gruffalo Maize Maze and enjoy celebrating this special birthday.”

You can find out more and buy tickets here.

You can find the latest events news in Yorkshire and nearby by visiting our What’s On homepage. There you can also find days out guides for things to do across the region.

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