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The Doctor Who Maze

The Doctor Who Maze

Whilst this is not strictly gardening related; it’s in the ball-park enough for us to give it a mention. If you’re a Doctor Who fan you’ll certainly appreciate it, assuming you haven’t had the opportunity to see it already…

We present to you a maze that has been shaped to form a Dalek and two of the Doctors who have been featured in the show, both past and present (William Hartnell and Matt Smith, to be precise).

You can get an idea of just how big the maze is by looking at the houses on the left of the picture and trust us when we say that they aren’t small houses by any means! The maze itself measures over 300m in length (roughly a 1000ft for those of you who aren’t great at converting) and has been carved into a maize field in the North Yorkshire area. More impressive is the fact that over 6 miles (10km) has been cut into the fields to form these pathways that magnificently depict the Doctor Who show so well. The time this must have taken to get right almost hurts to think about…

Obviously by now you’re wondering who’s done this and why? Well, we can tell you that an award winning company called YorkMaze Ltd are the ones responsible for this spectacle. In fact, they design a different maze every year and make it an annual event between July and September. As for why, well, it’s the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who this year and to mark the occasion the team at YorkMaze thought this would be rather appropriate. Colin Baker, the actor who played the part of Time Lord back in the 80’s was so impressed that he happily agreed to open the attraction on July 13th.

York Maze have previously created a Harry Potter themed maze too.

York Maze have previously created a Harry Potter themed maze too. || source : yorkmaze.com

As previously stated, the maze is only available until September (8 weeks from opening) because the field is full of maize and needs to be harvested before it dies. Then they rinse and repeat in preparation for the next year! You can even provide your own design ideas to them if you feel you’ve got something that would work well as a maze…

For more information on getting there, ticket prices and other attractions in the area, check out the YorkMaze website mentioned previously – everything you need to know for a great day out can be found by having a browse on there.

So, if you have a significant other or family member that is a massive Doctor Who fan, get in the car and have a journey up to North Yorkshire and treat them to a day that they will be hard pushed to forget. Mostly because of the blisters on their feet after trying to navigate a 6 mile maze, but don’t blame us for that! Just make sure you don’t pick a 30°C day to visit on as the maze takes over an 90 minutes to navigate and we don’t want to be responsible for adding to the number of sunburn pictures that are being posted on social media sites.

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