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York Maze to Celebrate Gruffalo Birthday

A giant maize maze in York, England will be marking 25 years of The Gruffalo when it opens to the public in July.

Farmer Tom Pearcy has cut out over 5 km of pathways in his 15 acre field of over a million maize plants near York. When the crop is fully grown by mid-July the maze of pathways will form an image when viewed from the air, a bit like crop circles.

Tom said:

“I used to love reading The Gruffalo to my children, 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!”.

The Gruffalo 25th Anniversary Maize Maze will be open for visitors to explore from Saturday 13th July to Monday 2nd September 2024 when the crop will be harvested. Families have to navigate the maze of pathways in the crop to find the six viewing platforms and the special photo points featuring the animals in The Gruffalo story.

York Maze is the creation of local farmer Tom Pearcy 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 are:

  • 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
  • 2021   Mr. Men & Little Miss
  • 2022   LEGO
  • 2023   Tutankhamun

There are more details about the maze at https://www.yorkmaze.com/

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