Awesome drone video reveals theme for York Maze 2016

Maze mastermind Tom Pearcy is kitted out as as Willy Wonka, alongside Julie Dawn Cole who played Veruca Salt alongside Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Photographs: York Maze / Kippa Matthews
15 Jul 2016 @ 7.33 pm
| Entertainment

They’re telling tall tales at York Maze this year.

York Maze, Elvington Lane, York, YO19 5LT

Sat Jul 16-Mon Sep 5

Adults £14.50, children £13.50

York Maze website

The popular summer attraction has revealed its 2016 theme – a 15-acre tribute to master storyteller Roald Dahl.

Celebrating 100 years of the legendary author, who was born in 1916, the maize maze will allow everyone to get lost in Willie Wonka, Fantastic Mr Fox and the BFG.

Phizz-whizzing

Farmer Tom Pearcy, who turn his fields into the largest maze in Europe each summer, said:

Roald Dahl’s stories speak to the child in us all and are loved by children, parents and grandparents.

Throughout 2016, there will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 around the UK but I wanted to pay my own special phizz-whizzing tribute to the amazing storyteller

A view of the maze from above
A view of the maze from above

Guest of honour to officially launch the maze was British actress Julie Dawn Cole who played Veruca Salt alongside Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Julie took a helicopter flight over the giant 15 acre maize maze to see the design.

“It’s an amazing sight, to soar above the maze and see the detail that has gone into the design. They have captured Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka image very well,” she said.

“It is such a bonkers thing, it’s almost something that Willy Wonka could have dreamed up himself. Veruca would no doubt be demanding one of her own! I think Roald Dahl would have been amazed to see it.”