Sunday, July 12, 2020

Mini Golf in Maryport, Cumbria

A look back at our visit to the Lake District Coast Aquarium Crazy Golf course in Maryport.


Mini Golf in Maryport, Cumbria

We travelled up to Scotland in April 2012 and en route swung by the Lake District Coast Aquarium in Maryport, Cumbria to play the minigolf course there.

Mini Golf in Maryport, Cumbria

Unfortunately we arrived just after 5pm so couldn't have a game.

Mini Golf in Maryport, Cumbria

The Maryport Crazy Golf course was the 469th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Mini Golf in Maryport, Cumbria

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Bookbuster in Hastings

Back in 2013 we spotted this old Blockbuster Video store in Hastings that had been turned into a book store called Bookbuster.

Bookbuster in Hastings

Check out Bookbuster on Facebook for more information.

Do you know of any Blockbuster branding that still exists on old stores in the UK? Do let me know.


You can still see the remnants of Blockbuster Video in Fallowfield, Manchester.

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- Shops

Saturday, July 11, 2020

We gonna rock down to Corona Avenue

What a year it's been so far!


And to think it's not over yet...

National 7-Eleven Day

Today is National 7-Eleven Day.


A 7-Eleven store in Stockholm, Sweden

7-Eleven convenience stores celebrate National 7-Eleven Day on when else but the 11th July.

A 7-Eleven store in Stockholm, Sweden
We were surprised to see a number of 7-Eleven stores in Stockholm on our last trip there in 2018. We'd only ever seen them in the USA before that

Normally customers receive free or discounted Slurpees on 7/11. However this year 7-Eleven have cancelled the promotion because of the coronavirus pandemic and will instead be donating 1 million meals to the charity Feeding America.

The first 7-Eleven Day was held in 2002.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Tee Party Crazy Golf at The Club House in Manchester. July 2016

A look back at the Tee Party Crazy Golf course at The Club House in Spinningfields, Manchester.


Tee Party Crazy Golf at The Club House in Spinningfields, Manchester. July 2016.

It was the 684th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. Sadly I was in the city a day after the pop-up had closed so no clubs or balls were available. At least the holes were still there.

Itchy & Scratchy on the Fallowfield Loop

Spotting some Itchy & Scratchy graffiti on the Fallowfield Loop in Manchester.


We spotted this superb street art by Good Life while out on a walk along the Fallowfield Loop.

The Itchy & Scratchy Show in Manchester
The Itchy & Scratchy Show in Manchester

It's always fun finding Simpsons-inspired artwork while out and about. Last year we saw this nice piece in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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- The Simpsons

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Caddy Shack opening at Sol Central in Northampton

The new Caddy Shack Mini Golf course at Sol Central in Northampton is opening this month.


Caddy Shack indoor mini golf opening at Sol Central in Northampton

The new Caddy Shack indoor games venue is due to open on Friday 17th July. It was originally planned to open earlier this year.

Caddy Shack is a New York-themed venue and home to a minigolf course, tenpin bowling and darts and is part of the Gravity Activity Entertainment centre at Sol Central.

Check out the Caddy Shack website for more information.

We're looking forward to visiting Caddy Shack and playing the crazy golf course there on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

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New Adventure Golf course opening at Wexham Park Golf Centre in Buckinghamshire

A new Adventure Golf course will be created at Wexham Park Golf Centre in Slough, Buckinghamshire.


A new Adventure Golf course is being built at Wexham Park Golf Centre in Buckinghamshire

The 18-hole Adventure Golf layout will also be joined by a new Footgolf course.

It'll be a new course for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Farmyard Crazy Golf at Uncle Henry's Farm in Gainsborough

A new minigolf course has opened at Uncle Henry's Farm in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.


Farmyard Crazy Golf at Uncle Henry's Farm in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

A brand new Farmyard Crazy Golf course has opened at Uncle Henry's Farm Shop, Butchery & Cafe in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

It's a new course for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We've enjoyed our visits over to Lincolnshire on our travels.

Visit the Uncle Henry's Farm website for more information, opening times, booking details and prices.

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Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

A look back at our visit to play Crazy Golf on Southend Pier.


Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

We headed to the seaside town of Southend on Sea for a day out of fun and games back in June 2016.


Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

It was the last seaside trip we made while still living down south. We started the big day out with a visit to the brilliant Southend Pier Crazy Golf course - 1.3 miles out to sea!

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier
The view back towards dry land

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier
Playing above the sea

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier
  
Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

Crazy Golf on Southend Pier

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Essex

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Pitch & Plakks indoor miniature golf game

Check out the Kickstarter for the new Pitch & Plakks minigolf game - there are only 11 days to go.


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Pitch & Plakks indoor miniature golf game

We love playing minigolf - whether it's a full size course, a video game or a board game we're super competitive!

In May we found out about Pitch & Plakks, an indoor minigolf course board game toy. It's the second game from the team at Plakks after they successfully launched the Plakks football game in 2019.

Pitch & Plakks indoor miniature golf game

If you are interested in finding out more about Pitch & Plakks and supporting a growing business with a great product please use this link. Any pledges made through it will also support us to continue bringing you brilliant minigolf content.

Pitch & Plakks will be a nice addition to our collection of minigolf toys, games and board games.

More information, FAQs, photos and videos can be found on the Pitch & Plakks Mini Golf game Kickstarter campaign page.

WINNERS DON'T USE DRUGS

Who is your favourite Director of the FBI?

I'd have to go with William S. Sessions.

William S. Sessions arcade game attract screen message at 7 Sins in Manchester
Show me a better arcade game attract screen. I'll wait

Happy National Video Game Day!

Mr Mulligan's Lost World Adventure Golf in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. July 2016

A look back at our visit to Mr Mulligan's Lost World Adventure Golf in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.


We visited Mr Mulligan's Lost World Adventure Golf in Stevenage back in July 2016. It was the last course we visited while we still lived down in Luton.

Mr Mulligans Lost World Golf in Stevenage. July 2016

There are two 18-hole indoor adventure golf layouts at the centre at Stevenage Leisure Park - the Jungle Explorers and Ocean Adventurers courses.


The courses were the 685th and 686th visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

You can also find Mr Mulligan Adventure Golf courses in Basildon, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Castleford, Cheltenham, Milton Keynes (indoor and outdoor), Newcastle, Nottingham, Sidcup, Tonbridge and Woking.

We've visited them all apart from Basildon, Bournemouth, the indoor course in Milton Keynes, Nottingham and Tonbridge.
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Where in the world was this miniature golf course?

Can you identify where this miniature golf course was?


Where in the world was this miniature golf course?
Clue - it's a lost course

Happy National Video Game Day

Today is National Video Game Day.


This is some of the video game graffiti art at the Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf courses in Birmingham and Liverpool.

Video game graffiti art at Ghetto Golf

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Putting in the Kitchen

Pandemic Putting at Home has now moved into our kitchen.


The Putt18 putting game mat
Does that look an adverse camber to you?

I'm looking forward to competing in the new Putt18 World Pro League.

The season tees-off tomorrow, Wednesday 8th July and players from around the world will compete every two weeks for a total of seven events.

More information can be found on the Putt18 website.

Putter Madness face masks

The team at Putter Madness have some very nice branded face masks for staff to wear at their upcoming minigolf events.

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport

A look at a lost golf centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport.


Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
The gates at the entrance to the old golf centre

In May we found a lost golf centre on one of our daily walks in Stockport during lockdown.

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
This building will not be standing for much longer

We were in Heaton Mersey again yesterday and had a walk round the Common and Nature Reserve next to the centre.

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
The fence at the back of the centre

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
A view of the rear of the golf centre building

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
There's some graffiti on the buildings

Cranford Golf Centre was a golf driving range. It closed down on the 31st October 2014.

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
The range and bays

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
A closer look at the bays

Cranford Golf Centre in Heaton Mersey, Stockport
A view of the overgrown driving range

Looking online there were plans for the area to be turned into housing. We saw a notice with more details of the demolition of the golf centre buildings on the gate yesterday, it was dated 22nd June 2020.

The public notice about the proposed developments on the site

Ghetto Golf face masks

Ghetto Golf has a range of branded face masks for sale at their venues. More info is up on the Ghetto Golf website.

Ghetto Golf in Byker, Newcastle

Social distancing at Teezers Crazy Golf in Coventry

Teezers Crazy Golf in Coventry is reopening tomorrow, Wednesday 8th July.

Monday, July 06, 2020

Pubs of Stockport

A look at the pubs of Stockport during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.


The Kings Tap on Station Road in Cheadle Hulme
Pub number 1 - The Kings Tap on Station Road in Cheadle Hulme. A lovely Art Deco building. We'd never seen it shuttered before the lockdown

We've spent some of our new-found outdoor exercise time during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown visiting the pubs of Stockport.

The Crown Inn on Heaton Lane in Stockport town centre
Pub number 73 - The Crown Inn on Heaton Lane in Stockport town centre

It's been interesting to see the variety of architecture, different signage, parts of the town we haven't been to for a long time and other parts of the area we've never been to. I've been documenting them on Instagram using the #StopfordianPubs tag.

The Bull's Head Hotel in High Lane, Stockport
Pub number 222 - The Bull's Head Hotel in High Lane, Stockport. Our daily walks around the town took us to the borough's canals on a number of occasions

This is us outside pub number 265 - The Nursery Inn in Heaton Norris on Friday 3rd July 2020.

At the 265th pub on our lockdown 'pub crawl'. Not a drop was drunk on our daily walks in April, May, June and July

It was the last of all the pubs in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport we visited on our daily outdoor exercise between Wednesday 1st April and before pubs were allowed to reopen with social distancing measures on Saturday 4th July.

The Crown in Hawk Green, Marple
Pub number 185 - The Crown in Hawk Green, Marple, a part of the borough we never knew existed before our walks began

We saw a real mixture of pubs, bars, club and social clubs, along with a few lost and closed pubs. There were also some new pubs getting ready to re-open post-lockdown.

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A token from the Boondocks

One of the minigolf tokens in my collection came from a visit to play the two miniature golf courses at Boondocks Fun Center in the town of Northglenn, Colorado, USA.

Machine token from Boondocks Fun Center in Northglenn, Colorado, USA

It was one of the arcade machine tokens in use at the fun center when I visited in March 2009.

Machine token from Boondocks Fun Center in Northglenn, Colorado, USA

Do you know of any minigolf courses that still have tokens when you win on the lucky last hole, or in use at attached arcades or fun centres?