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To Boldly Go Where No Maze Has Gone Before

The largest maize maze in the world opens this weekend (Saturday 15 July) in York. Farmer Tom Pearcy found inspiration for his York Maze design in the 40th anniversary of Star Trek. Visitors could find themselves lost on board the Enterprise or wandering around inside a giant image of Spock’s head.

At 32 acres (15 football pitches) York Maze is the biggest in the world beating the current Guinness world record holder (Labyrinth Assenede, Belgium) by 10 acres.

Guest of honour for the opening of the maze was Enterprise Captain, Jean-Luc Picard played by professional look-alike Giles Aston.

“There are many events taking place around the world this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Trek,” says Giles. “Creating the biggest maize maze in the world to mark the occasion is a fantastic tribute to the series. I know that Star Trek fans everywhere like myself will be thrilled to see this.”

The first episode was screened in the USA in 1966. It has gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon spawning four spin- off television series, ten blockbuster movies, an animated series and hundreds of internet fan sites. Famous Star Trek fans include the Dali Lama, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking.

Maze Master Tom Pearcy says, “I’m a big fan of Star Trek and wanted to do my bit to help mark the 40th anniversary. It gave me the opportunity to use some instantly recognisable images in the design. By using the GPS satellite technology I have been able to be much more creative.

“But you don’t have to be interested in Star Trek to enjoy a great family day out at York Maze. This year I have added a new maze of illusions and an interactive monster tractor trailer ride around part of the maze, where the visitors decide which way we go.”

Fittingly the maze design was created using space age technology. Pioneering GPS (Global Positioning System) equipment, similar to that used in car navigation systems, was employed to plot out the maze pathways. Based on the newly released European Space Agency EGNOS satellite, this enabled the maze paths to be cut within 0.5 metres accuracy allowing a much more detailed image to be produced. This is the first time this technology has been used in maze design.

York Maze is open daily from Saturday 15 July until Sunday 10 September. Adults £5.50, Children £4.50, Family ticket £18.00.

Find your way to York Maze by putting the postcode YO19 5LA into your SatNav system. Or by traditional navigation you will find it located on the outskirts of York next to the Grimston Bar Park & Ride site just off the A64 on the A1079 Hull Road.

For more information, visit www.yorkmaze.co.uk.

Tel: 01904 415364.



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