New business tells Stoney to get lost

Gavin McGill at the site of the maze ahead of its construction

Gavin McGill at the site of the maze ahead of its construction

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Stonehaven residents are being told to get lost - in the nicest possible way.

Local man Gavin McGill is opening the town’s first maze next this month at Kirktown Garden Centre, and he is hoping it will add to the attractions already a part of Aberdeenshire.

AMAZEing Places is designed to attract and entertain visitors of all ages and abilities.

It takes the traditional challenge of finding your way through the maze and adds colourful and fun educational information for children as they go round.

It also incorporates escape games inside the maze - where participants have to solve a series of clues and puzzles within a specified period of time to find the final key to escape the enclosure in time.

The maze is semi-permanent and reconfigurable, meaning that the participant faces a new test each time they visit.

One of the draws to the maze is its very own Minotaur - the Greek mythological creature.

School pupils have been asked to choose a name for the mythical beast which is lurking inside and which can, on occasion, even be seen as maze-goers make their way round.

Gavin told the Leader that the project is part of a life-long passion of his and about his plans for the future.

“I’ve always been interested in puzzles and mazes and built my first formal hedge maze in Tenby in Wales in the 1990s.

“I’m really excited about the launch of aMAZEing Places and I have big plans for the business, with special themed events taking place throughout the summer.

“In the long term, I aim to have over 50 mazes operating across the country and I think Stonehaven is an ideal place to start.”

The first maze opens on Saturday, July 2 at Kirktown Garden in Stonehaven.

It will be open seven days a week until 5:3opm, and until 8pm on Thursdays.

The latest news from the attraction can be found at www.aMAZEingplaces.co.uk.