A-maze-ing feature to open for all the family

A spectacular attraction for all the family is set to open on Tynemouth's seafront this weekend.

Thursday, 17th March 2016, 9:35 am
Updated Thursday, 17th March 2016, 9:36 am
Shiver Me Timbers! Sarah Wintersgill at Pirate Quest in Tynemouth. Picture by Jane Coltman

A pirate-themed maze is the latest attraction added to Tynemouth Park by Longsands Ltd and it hosts a special party on Saturday from 10am featuring a Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator.

The interactive maze, featuring six-foot-high hedges and trees, has been created on a former bowling green.

Pirate Quest also features tunnels, games, pirate-themed props, water cannons, a pirate ship and effects.

Ron Scott, of Longsands Ltd, is hoping the maze will become as popular as the adventure golf course, boating lake, inflatable facility and café on the site.

He said: “We wanted to provide another attraction for the general public. There is nothing along the seafront to encourage people to come to the coast.

“We’ve had lots of positive reactions so far.

“When we were given the opportunity to take the bowling green from the council, we were looking for something to complement what we already have here. It’s all family-themed.”

A spokesman for North Tyneside Council said: “There were three bowling greens at Tynemouth Park, one of which became vacant in 2015.

“Following consultation with park users, particularly the bowlers, it was agreed only two bowling greens were needed.

“We’re pleased the now-vacant site will be brought back into use for the benefit of the community and visitors.”

“The different activities already on offer at Tynemouth Park are very popular with families.

“We’re sure the maze will prove to be another much-loved addition to the park.

“We’d like to wish Longsands Ltd well with this latest project and we look forward to seeing the maze once it’s complete.”