Pembrokeshire’s Crystal Maze closed after licence holder discussions

First published in News

There will be no more teams frantically collecting crystals on a mission to the dome as Pembrokeshire’s Crystal Maze is locked in and closed.

After 15 years the popular indoor attraction at Canaston Bridge shut its doors on June 30th following discussions with the licence holder.

A spokesman for Oakwood, owners of the Crystal Maze and its sister attraction Canaston Bowl, denied rumours that the cost of the licence to the early 1990s television show was behind the decision.

“The decision had absolutely nothing to do with cost and will have no impact whatsoever on the Canaston Bowl which will continue to operate as normal.

“We fully understand the licence-holder’s decision and, while we will be sad to see it go, we are already looking at a number of exciting new features to replace it,” she said.

She added that the closure did not affect staff and that a replacement is hoped to be in place by the autumn.

A representative of Malcolm Hayworth, the man behind the original production, said: “The equipment is obsolete and the games not working anymore.”

This was put to the Oakwood representative but the company did not want to comment further.

The original show, produced by Chatsworth Television, aired from 1990 to 1995, with gamesmaster Richard O’Brien, hosting what became a cult sensation.

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