Thursday, December 08, 2016

Happy National Christmas Tree Day 2016!

A visit to Christmas Tree World in Cheadle Hulme.


To mark the occasion we popped round Christmas Tree World at Lion House Farm in Cheadle Hulme to buy our first real Christmas tree. Marvellous.

Buying a Christmas tree from Christmas Tree World in Cheadle Hulme
The perfect sized tree for our new place. Great service at Christmas Tree World too. And you get to see ducks, geese and chickens on the ponds next to the trees

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- Christmas tree
- Cheadle Hulme

Harry Putter and the Magical Crazy Golf course

A visit to the Harry Putter and the Magical Crazy Golf course at Manning's Amusements in Felixstowe.


While visiting family and friends in Ipswich we made our traditional trip to the nearby seaside town of Felixstowe, and of course we had an obligatory game of Crazy Golf at Manning's Amusement arcade.

Manning's Art Deco amusement arcade in Felixstowe
Manning's Art Deco amusement arcade in Felixstowe

The great thing about visiting Felixstowe is that you know you can pretty much always get a game at the indoor Adventure Golf course at Manning's amusement arcade on Sea Road.

Manning's indoor Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
Emily playing hole one. I don't think either of us have ever putted into the cup on the right of the rotating green

We've been playing the course since November 2006 and it was the 5th course we ever visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. It was also the first indoor minigolf course we played.

Manning's indoor Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
Hole 2 never gets any easier to play! Although Emily got a very good 3 on the whole, while I score a 5

Since our first visit the course has had a few upgrades, mild refurbishments and name changes - it was called 'Golf FX' when we first played and was more recently known as 'Magical Golf' and 'Magical Golf FX'.

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
The indoor miniature golf course has a real mixture of themes. From jungle to medieval and even a 'space cave'!

The biggest surprise on our latest visit came when we saw the new scorecard as the course has morphed into a bootleg of Harry Potter!

Wow!

Check out the player names

Inside the course itself there have been a few improvements, with new felt on some of the holes. While two of the holes upstairs have been completely changed to look more like a library!

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
This isn't how the hole used to look

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
The hole used to have a rope border and some 'Disney' artwork on the walls

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
Emily playing in 2016

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
Emily playing the same hole in 2009

In our latest match-up on the 13-hole course I won with a score of 40 to Emily's 49.
Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
We both noticed the 2000 BC stone for the first time on our walk downstairs!

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
The 11th hole is very tricky indeed

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
The 'lucky' 13th hole has undergone some changes too

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
It now offers two holes to putt into

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
Each with their own benefit / demerit

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
A view of hole one from the reception area

The course is still only £2 per player and it's a good fun layout to play. Check out the Manning's Amusements website for more info.

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
It's been £2 to play since we first had a round in 2006

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
The wizard's shelf

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
A nice touch

Indoor minigolf at Manning's amusements in Felixstowe
The rules

Related blog posts:
- Felixstowe
- Golf FX
- Magical Golf FX
- Manning's Amusements
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Link:
- Manning's Amusements

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The end of Felixstowe Pier...and the new one

Taking a look at the building of the new pier in Felixstowe.


Last weekend we visited the seaside town of Felixstowe in Suffolk. It's probably our most visited seaside as we take a trip there pretty much every time we go back to Ipswich to visit friends and family. On this occasion we had a look at the pier as it's undergoing a great deal of redevelopment!

Building work on Felixstowe Pier

Building work on Felixstowe Pier

Building work on Felixstowe Pier

Details of the development work for the new pier at Felixstowe

How the pier looked in January 2015.

Felixstowe Pier in January 2015

The pier entrance building in May 2011.

Felixstowe Pier in May 2011

And in December 2011.

Felixstowe Pier in December 2011

On our visit last year we walked UNDER the pier for the first time and saw this ominous message!

The End is Coming

Under Felixstowe pier

The new pier is scheduled to reopen in August 2017. It'll be interesting to see how it differs to the old one.

Check out our other blog posts about Felixstowe.

A beachy bench

Looking through our photo archives for a blog post about Felixstowe Pier I noticed this great snap of a bench that had been somewhat swamped by the beach.

The seafront bench in Felixstowe as it was on the 15th December 2013
The seafront bench in Felixstowe as it was on the 15th December 2013

It may be of interest to the Dull Men's Club and the Park Bench Appreciation Society...

Related blog posts:
- Felixstowe
- Dull Men's Club
- Park Bench Appreciation Society

Monday, December 05, 2016

Sea Road Adventure Golf course in Felixstowe

A visit to the Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe.


It's something of a tradition that when we're in Felixstowe we have to visit the Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road. Even when it's out of season.

Fantasia Adventure Golf on Sea Road in Felixstowe

Luckily we've played the course a lot over the years and we had a great match on the 9-hole layout in June.

Fantasia Adventure Golf on Sea Road in Felixstowe

The course was the 7th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back in November 2006. 

Fantasia Adventure Golf on Sea Road in Felixstowe

Fantasia Adventure Golf on Sea Road in Felixstowe

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- Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Felixstowe

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

The volleyball net in Felixstowe

I've been visiting the seaside town of Felixstowe in Suffolk for many many years now and not once have I seen anyone using the volleyball net on the bit of grass on Sea Road.

And yet, there it hangs, year after year, peak season, out of season, come rain or shine. It's always just there.

The Felixstowe volleyball net
The Felixstowe volleyball net

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Inflatable Santa Claus

Spotting a MASSIVE inflatable Father Christmas.


This has got to be the BIGGEST inflatable character I've seen on my travels! He was at Star City in Birmingham.

GIANT inflatable Santa Claus
What a GIANT inflatable Santa Claus!

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- We Sell Xmas Trees
- Wacky Waving Arm-Flailing Inflatable Tube-man
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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds

Playing the indoor Crazy Golf course at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds.


On Saturday 26th November we revisited the Mini Golf course at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds. This time we were able to get a game.

Crazy Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds
Roxy Ball Room's indoor Mini Golf course

In our match-up on the indoor Crazy Golf course I won with a score of 30, Emily was second with 35, while our friend Cat picked up bronze with a score of 36.

Crazy Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds
The tenpin bowling themed 9th hole
  
Crazy Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds
A BIG minigolf loop-di-loop

We first swung by Roxy Ball Room in February on our first trip to Leeds. Unfortunately on that occasion we weren't able to play as the course didn't open until 4pm, although the venue was open from midday.

Crazy Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds
Another minigolf scorecard added to the collection

The Mini Golf course at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds was the 673rd course visited overall on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and became the 419th played.

Crazy Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds
The 6th hole was fun to play

A game of Mini Golf on the 9-hole course at Roxy Ball Room costs £5 per player.

Crazy Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds
A minigolf shark at Roxy Ball Room

You can also play ping pong, beer pong and pool at Roxy Ball Room. As well as the Leeds venue they have sites in Huddersfield and Liverpool.

Crazy Mini Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Leeds
Roxy Ball Room's Leeds venue is the only one with a Mini Golf course

Link:
- Roxy Ball Room

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- Leeds
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

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Edgeley Skatepark at Alexandra Park in Stockport

A view of the building work for the new Edgeley Skatepark at Alexandra Park.


On a lunchtime wander to Edgeley in Stockport I had a walk around Alexandra Park - home of the Woodstock Petanque Club. Apart from getting chased by a few geese down at Sykes Reservoir at the bottom of the park the biggest surprise was seeing how much work had been done on the new BMX and skatepark.

Building of the Edgeley Skatepark at Alexandra Park in Stockport

Building of the Edgeley Skatepark at Alexandra Park in Stockport

Building of the Edgeley Skatepark at Alexandra Park in Stockport

Building of the Edgeley Skatepark at Alexandra Park in Stockport

Building of the Edgeley Skatepark at Alexandra Park in Stockport

The Edgeley skatepark in Alexandra Park is being built on much of the area previously used as a Boules Terrain and Pistes for the Woodstock Petanque Club to play on.

Woodstock Petanque Club players in action on the Alexandra Park terrain in October
Woodstock Petanque Club players in action on the terrain in October

Related blog posts:
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- Stockport

Links:
- Woodstock Petanque Club
- Alexandra Skatepark Association
- The Friends of Alexandra Park
- Alexandra Park