Asylum maze removed from Thorpe Park event

The AsylumA scare maze which attracted controversy last year due to its  mental health theme has been removed from Thorpe Park’s line-up of Halloween attractions.

The Surrey park was criticised by mental health campaigners last year, saying that the attraction stigmatised mental health.

And online petition calling for the mazes closure started by nursing student Katie Sutton attracted over 6,000 signatures.

The attraction had formed part of the park’s Halloween events since 2006, but significant opposition only surfaced last year.

The Fright Nights events see the park open to 10pm and feature a number of attractions which are known as scare mazes.

The four mazes that will feature at this years event are Cabin in the Woods, The Blair Witch Project, My Bloody Valentine and Saw Alive.

Free entry to Fright Nights for holders of the Premium and VIP versions of the Merlin Annual Pass will now be restricted to 1,000 tickets per day, and these must be booked in advance.

The move is likely to be seen as another income-boosting measure implemented by park operators Merlin Entertainments, which become a public company last year.