AN award-winning author who has created books which have delighted children the world over is set to officially open the new maze at a popular tourist attraction.
Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo, will be on hand at the National Forest Adventure Farm, in Tatenhill, next week to cut the ribbon on its new look maize maze.
She will be accompanied by illustrator Axel Scheffer and both will also officially launch their new book – The Scarecrows’ Wedding – with a special reading for a group of handpicked schoolchildren.
Owner Tom Robinson told the Mail that he was ‘over the moon’ at landing the duo to officially open this year’s maze.
He said: “We could not be happier to be able to welcome both Julia and Axel to the National Forest Adventure Farm to open our new maze and also to launch their brand new book.
“We are absolutely over the moon with the coup and we understand what a big deal it is to get the pair here.
“They will be cutting the ribbon on the new maze, reading from the new book to youngsters and also signing copies of it.
“However, we must stress that Julia does have to leave at 3pm as she does have to head elsewhere for another engagement.
“I would like to thank Julia for agreeing to come along and also Scholastic Books who have been instrumental in putting this all together.
“Some people have been invited , but others can come along and the book will be on sale at the shop based at the farm.
“We hope that everyone involved has a great day and we cannot wait to welcome Julia and Axel to East Staffordshire and to the National Forest Adventure Farm.”
While not being drawn on the exact design of this year’s maze, Mr Robinson admitted that people would ‘not be disappointed’.
“I have had a sneak peak from the sky and it looks great,” he said.
This will be the eleventh year of the attraction, which spans 10 acres.
In the past, the maze has been shaped into the England football team’s three lions badge and the arch nemesis of Doctor Who – The Daleks.
The official opening will take place from 11am on Wednesday, July 9.
More information is available by calling the attraction on 01283 533933.