I was kindly invited by Tulley’s Shocktober Fest to their press event last Friday, boy was I excited to be returning. I visited for the first time last year and it did not disappoint! I couldn’t wait to get back and revisit all my favourite mazes, including Chop Shop and The Colony. What a way to start off my Halloween season, especially as I visited Thorpe Park for their press event last Thursday, I couldn’t wait to explore more scare mazes!
THE CELLAR IMPRISONED
Okay. I went into this maze expecting it to be lacklustre like it was last year. Boy was I proven wrong! This mazes has seriously upped the ante when it comes to scares. At one point I thought I was walking through some material/netting and it ended up being an actor’s hair on my face… yes, she was quite literally right above me. There have been some changes to the layout of the maze which were very much welcome but some of the strobe style sections of the mazes really got me good – the actors knew just how to work the room and get me good! Possibly my second favourite maze of the night!
Located near the main entrance to Tulleys, it can be easy to be missed. Simply look to your left as you walk in to the park and you will see it in the marquee. Don’t miss this off your list of mazes to go into, you will regret it!
THE CHOP SHOP
Probably the classic at Tulley’s. Everyone who mentions Tulley’s will refer to Chop Shop and how you cannot miss this, and believe me, I know why. I didn’t have a great run through when I went on Friday – actors didn’t seem to make use of the space to give us some scares and it seemed a bit bland – but based on last year’s experience, I know how good this maze is. If you have a significant fear of chainsaws, this may not be the maze for you. I didn’t like them last year and now I can’t get enough of them in mazes, no fear whatsoever – even when there’s like 4/5 actors in one maze with them. 😉
Ever wondered what it’s like when you go through a maze that last for over 10 minutes? Go through The Colony and you will find out. Honestly, this was by far the best maze I went through last Friday. It is pretty much a must do maze – do not miss out on this maze. The actors have plenty of space to scare you, and they really do make use of the space. Plus, they can target you multiple times in such a short space – there’s a ‘chicken-coop’ style section where you could get scared a good 4/5 times. The theming in this maze is insane… except for one very blank and bright shipping container… not overly impressed with that. I’d like to hope that will be themed and be dark as it really spoilt the immersion of the maze. Otherwise, it was still one of the best mazes at Tulley’s.
HORRORWOOD HAUNTED HAYRIDE
Horrorwood, get it? Hollywood but more creepy and horrifying… Think of this attraction as a Hollywood movie set tour gone wrong where you are transported with the help of a tractor and trailer. Not only is this the perfect way to enjoy a sit down attraction to give your feet some rest, you can get really up, close and personal with the inhabitants. Last year was the first time I tried a scare attraction of this kind and I wasn’t disappointed. This year? Even better. One of the highlights had to be the bloke in a jeep that decided he was going to chase us down the track whilst belting out his horn at us! That made me jump plus it was so unexpected, that is what made me love it. Word of caution, if you aren’t a particular fan of Chop Shop, you might find the finale one step too far – although I would say fight your fear and do it just once. 😉
TWISTED CLOWNS 3D
Clowns. Check. 3D Glasses. Check. Disorientating walls and figures. Check. I do not have a clown phobia nor do I find clowns scary, so this maze isn’t really scary in my eyes. It is so much fun though. The intricate detail with the UV and 3D style paint – sometimes it’s hard to figure out what is a wall, a manniquin or an actual clown. It’s disorientating and pretty damn hilarious. You might be thinking, why is this a top 5 maze if it isn’t scary? Purely for the experience in itself, it is incredibly unique. Come on, there’s a clown on a bungee swing that literally leaps out at you and a trommel with 3D paint so you never quite know which way is up… or down. It’s fun!
It can be easy to miss, simply head down from the main entrance towards Colony and Chop Shop, and to your left is a victorian style house with a balcony and clock. Just underneath and tucked into a corner is the entrance to the maze.
I wanted to make a special mention for the Dodgems. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from these and as we were kindly gifted our VIP wristbands, the rides were included. Boy, were we in absolute awe of this ride. The smoke effects literally caught us all off guard and made this a bloody hilarious experience. I don’t think I have cried laughing so much on a dodgems. There were 6 of us in our group and we had no limits to how much we were going to bump into eachother, it was lethal at times! The bruises on my legs show how much fun we had. Honestly one of the highlights of the night!
You can do all the 8 mazes in one night however, if you are heading towards peak time i.e. October Half Term, the fastrack option will be perfect for you! Besides, I may have had a hard time choosing just 5 mazes (and 1 ride!) that you must do, just do them all! Each maze is unique in its own way and you’d be a fool to miss out on any of them plus don’t forget to experience the Circus of Horrors whilst you’re at it – located right next to The Coven of 13 maze. Thanks Tulley’s for a truly fantastic night!
That’s all for now!