The Chuckle Maze is the latest in a long line of mazes (and labyrinths) stretching right back to earliest history. Yes, everyone, it seems, has had a maze to boast about at some time or other.
Surprise, surprise, those Ancient Egyptians got in there first yet again (yawn) with a big maze about 2,500 years ago. That's according to a right blinkin' know-it-all and well known pain in the ar... uhm, backside, called Mr. Davies down the Muddy Goat and Telescope last night. Well, they would, wouldn't they? Those so-called 'Ancient Egyptians'. Trust those herbets. Obviously the pyramids weren't enough for them to be getting on with. Oh no! They just ad to go and have a go at the whole maze thing too. But, not wanting to be outdone by the Ancient Egyptians, the slightly less ancient, but very nasty indeed Romans decided to get in on the act too with some maze or other. Probably knocked up during their tea break while they were building another road in Gaul. Or perhaps they 'ad a spare ten minutes while they were throwing together one of them there bath house thingies on the Persian border.
Of course, you know what happened then, don't you? Yep, you've got it: once people saw the Egyptians and Romans doin' it, EVERYONE wanted to 'av a go at doing mazes, 'cos no-one wanted to feel left out you see. You 'ad yer French, yer Belgians, our neighbours the English, the Welsh (that's us)(couple of local boys, apparently) and, heck, even the Peruvians (no-one, but no-one saw that one coming), all of whom have chipped in with spiffing efforts on the old maze front.
Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland feature mazes; there are various different types of mazes such as, Theta, Braid, Perfect (like ours), Delta and Plainair (phew!); the Nazca Lines 'maze' in Peru (some reckon) was built as a landing site for visiting UFOs (apparently the ancient air traffic controller's job there was an absolute nightmare); and the most famous maze of all time (apart from Tenby Dinosaur Park's maze, of course), the Ancient Cretan Labyrinth, had a terrifying monster lurking somewhere in the middle of it: the half man-half bull (honest now that's no 'bull') Minotaur.
That's all very well and good, right, but how many of these so-called 'famous' mazes had jokes dotted around their insides? What's that? How many? Yep, that's what we thought: none of them. But guess which maze does show their customers' bestest ever dinosaur jokes. Yes that's right: got it in one: Tenby Dinosaur Park's Chuckle Maze.
We don't want silly monsters in the middle of our maze eating people; nor do we want any cheeky aliens landing their UFOs on our maze whenever they blumin' well fancy it.
No, sir. What WE want is all our lovely customers to have a right laugh whenever they enter our Chuckle Maze, especially if they can't find their way out for a while, and especially if they are husbands or mother-in-laws who have 'accidentally' been left in the maze by their family...