Get Lost in Time! in the UK's first interactive, multi-sensory mazeWarwick Castle is launching its latest exciting attraction – and a first for the UK. On 19 March, the Horrible Histories Maze will open, giving visitors a fiendishly fun and endlessly intriguing experience as they ‘Get Lost in Time’ in the new multi-sensory maze.
Being a Horrible Histories Maze, the focus is on bringing history to life in gripping and gruesome ways. This is a maze with a difference; the aim is not to reach the centre, but to reorder the muddle that mischievous Rattus Rattus has made of time, and find the way out! Horrible Histories author Terry Deary asks visitors to put history right, catch that rebel rodent and get him safely under lock and key.
So, equipped with a passport, guests’ challenge is to unravel clues and get their passport stamped in every awesome area. En route there will be all the gore and more of Horrible Histories, as they encounter savage Stormin’ Normans, Slimy Stuarts and the treacherous Gunpowder Plotters and Woeful Witches with their noxious concoctions!
Terry Deary, author of Horrible Histories, said: “The history in my books is horrible. But to experience it live in Warwick’s maze will be most horrible of all. I may not have the nerve to do it myself unless I’m wearing one of the Castle’s suits of armour. Thrilling but chilling.”
To say too much would be to spoil the surprises in store for visitors. Though inspired by the geometric mazes of the past, the Horrible Histories Maze, is multi-sensory – featuring moving walls, interactive puzzles, stone, wicker and water, as well as being crammed with Terry Deary’s foul facts and Martin Brown’s crazy cartoons. It’s fitting that the very 21st-century interactive Horrible Histories Maze will open in the 300th anniversary of master gardener Capability Brown who created Warwick Castle’s gardens back in 1750.
This new attraction opens in a busy year of celebrations and launches for Warwick Castle as the new Knight’s Village Mediaeval Lodges open in the wooded idyll of the castle’s 64-acre estate on 1 July, adding to the glamping accommodation and a series of exciting new tours highlight the castle’s multi-faceted history. One of them, the first ever ‘debating tour’, brings alive Warwick Castle’s link to Capability Brown and asks if his new style, radical at the time, was a good or bad thing.
Geoff Spooner, General Manager at Warwick Castle, said: “Warwick Castle always aims to bring our unique history alive in original and contemporary ways, so it’s totally fitting that in the anniversary year of Capability Brown’s birth we should reinvent part of our beautiful grounds. The Horrible Histories Maze means our visitors may ‘Get Lost in Time’ for a while, but they’ll be entertained and learn lots while they do!”
Spooner continued: “We’re thrilled to be working with Horrible Histories again after the success of our Wicked Warwick live stage-show last year and their 20th anniversary celebrations held at Warwick Castle in 2013. It’s a perfect partnership for us; we have the most authentic of settings for Terry Deary’s great story-telling, in all its glory, gore and gruesomeness. Our Team is really looking forward to making the most of this exciting multi-sensory maze.”
The Horrible Histories Maze: Get Lost in Time! will open on 19 March and entry is included in general admission.