Monday, September 20, 2021
We went out for dinner on Saturday. The location was our favourite restaurant - The Oxford Place in Leeds.
It was the first time I've had a meal out since March last year and the first meal Emily and I have had together since our last visit to The Oxford Place in December 2019!
We're very pleased to report that the food and service was superb, it always is.
I had 3.5 courses as I felt that I needed to treat myself. The .5 was a pre-starter starter of a portion of French Fries.
I then had the marvellous Posh Prawn Cocktail, followed by the Sea Bream, with the trio of Ice Creams (Cherry, Rum & Raisin and Honeycomb) for dessert.
We're really looking forward to our next meal there already.
The Oxford Place is a must visit restaurant for anyone with Coeliac Disease or gluten intolerance.
When you have Coeliac Disease dining out can be hard work at the very best of times, let alone during a pandemic!
Location: 2 Oxford Pl, Leeds LS1 3AX, UK
Will you be celebrating the BIG minigolf day?
|Miniature Golf Day is always on the 21st of September|
Miniature Golf Day originated in the USA, but with the popularity of minigolf growing internationally, players and courses celebrate the day in dozens of countries around the world.
Labels: 2021, Day, Days, Event, Events, Mini Golf, Mini-Golf, Miniature Golf, Miniature Golf Day, Miniature Golf Day Eve, Minigolf, Minigolf Day, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus
Friday, September 17, 2021
The Lost City Adventure Golf is organising three city-wide treasure hunts to celebrate Miniature Golf Day.
The activity tees-off with a total of 150 golden tokens being hidden in Nottingham, Belfast and Hull on Tuesday 21st September, aka Miniature Golf Day. All three cities are home to a Lost City Adventure Golf centre and each area will have 50 coins to find.
|Two pieces of Inca Gold from The Lost City. These are safely tucked away in the vaults of The Crazy Golf Museum|
Each of the Inca Gold Coins is worth a free game at The Lost City and the treasure hunt runs until Sunday 26th September.
The Lost City Adventure Golf will be posting clues across social media to help find the gold tokens in the cities.
Visit The Lost City Adventure Golf website for more details.
Miniature Golf Day is the second of the year's two 'minigolf days' and is always on the 21st September. The other day is National Miniature Golf Day. That is always on the second Saturday in May.
It's nice to see a minigolf brand getting involved with Miniature Golf Day and the treasure hunt sounds like it'll be a really fun activity.
|Playing in the BMGA English Open minigolf tournament at The Lost City Adventure Golf in 2014|
We've played at The Lost City Adventure Golf in Nottingham on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, but haven't been to Belfast for a few years and have not yet been to Hull on our travels. We're looking forward to playing at The Lost City's venues in both cities in the future.
Labels: 2021, Adventure Golf, coin, Competition, Event, Events, Indoor Adventure Golf, Miniature Golf Day, minigolf marketing, Promotion, The Lost City Adventure Golf, token, Treasure Hunt
There will be Halloween Adventure Golf at The Cow Putt in Uckfield, East Sussex this October.
The Cow Putt Adventure Golf course in Uckfield, East Sussex will be Halloween-themed between the 23rd and 30th October.
The 18-hole farm-themed Cow Putt Adventure Golf course opened in July this year.
Visit The Cow Putt Facebook Page and Heaven Farm website for more information.
Labels: 2021, Adventure Golf, East Sussex, Event, Events, Farm, Halloween, Heaven Farm, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, The Cow Putt, Uckfield
Location: Furner's Green, Uckfield TN22 3RG, UK
Finding a ghost sign at the old Happy Shopper shop in Ormesby St Margaret, Norfolk.
We were surprised and amazed to see an old Happy Shopper sign while en route to Hemsby during our East Anglian Road-Trip last month.
We had taken a couple of detours because of traffic and ended up on a different road towards the seaside that took us through the village of Ormesby St Margaret. We're always looking for points of interest and new things to spot when on our travels and as we drove past the village shop we both said to each other jokingly "I wonder if that used to be a Happy Shopper?"
Imagine our shock when we saw a really old, classic Happy Shopper sign in one of the shop windows!
|Fletchers Mini Market in Ormesby St Margaret used to be a Happy Shopper shop|
I almost crashed into the village pond such was the excitement of our discovery.
During the pandemic we've been feeling very nostalgic. One of the brands we've been thinking about is Happy Shopper - the name alone conjures up images of the 1980's.
We didn't think there would be many - or any - of the original orange and yellow branded shops still around, but we were happy to find out we were wrong when we saw one in Preston last September.
Since then we've been lucky enough to spot and snap a few more on our limited travels outside of lockdown. Take a look at my posts about other Happy Shopper shops in:
Labels: East Anglia, Ghost Signs, Happy Shopper, Norfolk, nostalgia, Ormesby St Margaret, retail, retro, shop, shopfront, shopfronts, Shops, signage, storefront, urban exploration
Location: United Kingdom
Thursday, September 16, 2021
A revisit to the Lost World Adventure Golf course in Hemsby, Norfolk.
We got to revisit one of our all-time favourite courses during our East Anglian Road-Trip last month.
Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby, Norfolk is a superb 9-hole adventure golf course and was one of the first adventure golf courses to open in the UK.
We've played there a number of times over the years, including in two tournaments, and it's still a fantastic attraction.
The course was proving to be incredibly popular on our visit which was very nice to see.
We're already planning a return visit next year.
Check out the Lost World Adventure Golf website for more information, opening times and prices.
Lost World Adventure Golf also has a free scorecard and loyalty app which shows each of the holes, with tips on how to play the course.
The Lost World Adventure Golf course in Hemsby was the 88th course played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back in May 2009.
Labels: Adventure Golf, App, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Hemsby, Lost World Adventure Golf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, Norfolk, Revisit, signs, Social distancing
There's an art-based minigolf course at the von ammon co art gallery in Washington DC, USA.
I've found out about a new art-based minigolf installation at the von ammon co art gallery in Washington DC.
The playable six-hole miniature golf installation has been created by Detroit based artist Tony Hope and is called "An End to Sleep", with each hole based on a scene from the Nightmare on Elm Street films.
The course opened on the 11th September and is playable up to and including Halloween itself.
Visit the von ammon co website to find out more.
We've played a number of art-based courses on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We're big fans of horror movies and Halloween too so An End to Sleep Miniature Golf would be a very interesting layout to view and play.
Labels: Art, Art Installation, artainment, artertainment, Halloween, Halloween in the USA, Horror, Miniature Golf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, Tony Hope, USA, Washington
A look at the Crazy Golf course at Herrings Green Farm Birds Of Prey Activity Centre in Wilstead, Bedfordshire.
My brother Christopher sent me these photos of the Crazy Golf course at Herrings Green Farm Birds Of Prey Activity Centre in Wilstead, Bedfordshire.
The course became the 1,005 visited on our combined Crazy World of Minigolf Tour!
Visit the Herrings Green Farm Birds Of Prey Activity Centre website for more information.
Labels: Bedfordshire, Christopher Gottfried, Crazy Golf, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, DK Fibreglass, Herrings Green Farm Birds Of Prey Activity Centre, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, Not Played, Wilstead
There will be Halloween-themed mini-golf at Lahey Family Fun Park in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA.
Lahey Family Fun Park is hosting Halloween Miniature Golf on its 18-hole course. Starting on the 24th September you can then tee-off on the haunted course every weekend in October.
Check out the Lahey Family Fun Park website for more information.
Labels: 2021, Clarks Summit, Event, Events, Halloween, Halloween in the USA, Lahey Family Fun Park, Mini-Golf, Miniature Golf, Pennsylvania, USA
Looking back at The Putt Park Annual Mini-Golf Tournament Las Vegas.
I won The Putt Park's Annual Mini-Golf Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA back in September 2011.
We had first played miniature golf at The Putt Park on our holiday to Las Vegas the year before. It was the 178th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
|Playing at The Putt Park|
Sadly The Putt Park is no longer there. It was a brilliant 18-hole course and at the time the only outdoor minigolf course in Las Vegas.
Labels: Competition, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Las Vegas, Lost Course, Lost Courses, Minigolf, Nevada, Richard Gottfried, The Putt Park, Tournament, USA, Win
Location: Las Vegas, NV, USA
A revisit to the Stonehenge minigolf course in Hemsby, Norfolk.
Last month we swung by the 18-hole Stonehenge-themed miniature golf course in the seaside town of Hemsby.
Stonehenge Big Mini Golf was the 174th course played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in June 2010 when it was a 15-hole layout. We first visited it in May 2009 when it was a 12-hole course.
|Social distancing footprints next to the entrance sign|
We were back in Hemsby during our East Anglian road-trip.
Labels: BIG mini golf, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, East Anglia, Hemsby, Mini Golf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, Norfolk, Revisit, signs, Social distancing, Stonehenge
Location: Hemsby, Great Yarmouth NR29, UK
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
There are two 'minigolf days' each year - the second of which is coming up soon.
Miniature Golf Day is always on the 21st September. This year that is a Tuesday.
|Playing the Putt in the Park Miniature Golf course at Battersea Park in London on Miniature Golf Day 2015|
The other minigolf day is National Miniature Golf Day. That is always on the second Saturday in May. In 2022 that will be the 14th.
Labels: 2021, Day, Days, Event, Events, Mini Golf, Mini-Golf, Miniature Golf, Miniature Golf Day, Minigolf, Minigolf Day, Putt in the Park
A revisit to one of our most visited minigolf courses.
We swung by the Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe, Suffolk during our East Anglian Road-Trip last month.
|A new sign for the course on the seafront|
We've been going to the seaside town for years and the 9-hole course is one of our most visited layouts as we go there about three times a year. However, the pandemic has meant this was our first visit since 2019.
It was originally the 7th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
Labels: Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Fantasia Adventure Golf, Felixstowe, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, Revisit, signs, Suffolk
Location: Felixstowe, UK
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
A look at a Happy Shopper shop in Lowestoft, Suffolk.
We didn't only visit minigolf courses during our East Anglian Road-Trip last month. We always try to pack in as much stuff as possible when we're out and about and one of our interests is in lost brands, retail archaeology and interesting signage.
By the time we reached Lowestoft in Suffolk we'd been to a lost Happy Shopper shop in Ashwellthorpe and been shocked to discover one in Ormesby St Margaret too. We knew there was a Happy Shopper in Lowestoft as we'd been there in 2011.
|At a Happy Shopper shop in Lowestoft|
As with most things in the seaside town, the Happy Shopper is the 'easternmost' example of its type in the British Isles.
The Happy Shopper newsagent, general store and off licence in Lowestoft retains the classic yellow and orange colours of the brand, but differs from other Happy Shopper shops as it doesn't feature the smiling face anywhere on the logo.
Labels: East Anglia, Ghost Signs, Happy Shopper, Lowestoft, nostalgia, retail, retro, shop, shopfront, shopfronts, Shops, signage, storefront, Suffolk, urban exploration
Location: 121 London Rd S, Lowestoft NR33 0AU, UK
Monday, September 13, 2021
A new indoor crazy golf course is opening in Bradford.
A new indoor minigolf course is opening on North Parade in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
Looney Golf is being created in a former retail unit in the city centre.
Check out the Looney Golf Facebook Page for more info.
Looney Golf will be another new course for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
Labels: Bradford, Crazy Golf, Indoor Crazy Golf, Indoor Minigolf, Looney Golf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Retailtainment, West Yorkshire
Sunday, September 12, 2021
A look at the easternmost Adventure Golf course in the British Isles.
We visited Lowestoft in Suffolk on our East Anglian road-trip last month and revisited the 20th course we ever played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. Back then it was called East Point Family Golf.
The Family Adventure Golf course at Little Joe's Ice Cream Shack in Lowestoft is the easternmost Adventure Golf course in the British Isles.
Labels: Adventure Golf, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, East Anglia, Lowestoft, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, Revisit, Suffolk
Location: Lowestoft, UK
Labels: Day, Game, Games, National Video Game Day, National Videogame Day, Video Game, videogame, Videogame Day
Friday, September 10, 2021
A look back at The Flintstones Crazy Golf course at Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth, Dorset.
The scorecard from Tee Time Miniature Golf in Ocean City, New Jersey that I recently blogged about reminded me of The Flintstones Crazy Golf course at Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth.
Labels: bootleg, bootleg stuff, bootlegs, Bowleaze Cove, Cartoon, Crazy Golf, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Dorset, Richard Gottfried, The Flintstones, Weymouth
A look at the Pirates Island Adventure Golf course at Norfolk Premier Golf in Blofield, Norfolk.
We swung by the 12-hole Pirates Island Adventure Golf course at Norfolk Premier Golf in Blofield, Norfolk on our East Anglian road-trip last month.
The course was the 971st visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
Visit the Pirates Island Adventure Golf website for more information, opening times and prices.
|It's always fun seeing minigolf vehicles|
Labels: Adventure Golf, Blofield, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, Norfolk, Norfolk Premier Golf, Pirate, Pirate Golf, Pirates Island Adventure Golf
Putt'n Around in Delray Beach, Florida, USA will be having a Haunted Miniature Golf course throughout October.
It's always fun to hear about Halloween-themed minigolf courses and events.
Putt'n Around Delray Beach is home to two 18-hole miniature golf courses. Hopefully we'll get to play them on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour one day.
They've got a fun mascot at the course too.
Check out the Putt'n Around Delray Beach website for more information.
Labels: Event, Events, Florida, Halloween, Halloween in the USA, Haunted, Miniature Golf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, Putt'n Around Delray Beach, USA
Thursday, September 09, 2021
A big thank you to Pat Sheridan from The Putting Penguin for sending over some minigolf scorecards from New Jersey.
Pat was in New Jersey for a recent minigolf tournament with the O-Street Mini Golf team.
The first scorecard is from Tee Time Miniature Golf on the Boardwalk at Ocean City.
The second is from The Sandtrap at 23rd & Long Beach Boulevard in Ship Bottom.
It's always brilliant scorecards and other ephemera from miniature golf courses around the world and Pat has provided lots from his travels for fun and tournaments in the USA. They are a marvellous addition to the archives of the Crazy Golf Museum.
Check out The Putting Penguin minigolf review website for details of lots of US courses and a number of others from around the world.
Labels: ephemera, New Jersey, Pat Sheridan, Scorecard, The Crazy Golf Museum, The Putting Penguin, USA
Location: New Jersey, USA
The team at Fun Fore All Family Fun Park in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, USA are getting ready to tee-off Trick or Treat Mini Golf and Glow Golf at the 18-hole miniature golf course there.
Trick or Treat Mini Golf runs from the 1st October and finishes on Halloween night itself.
Each evening at dusk the course will become a Glow Golf layout.
Check out the Fun Fore All Family Fun Park website for more information, opening times and prices.
Fun Fore All Family Fun Park is on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour 'To Visit' list and we're looking forward to a game there. Hopefully our trip to Pennsylvania co-incides with one of the themed, seasonal events at the fun park.
Labels: Cranberry Township, Event, Events, Festive, Fun Fore All, Glow Golf, guest blog, Halloween, Halloween in the USA, Mini Golf, Miniature Golf, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, USA
Good luck to all of the players in the 2021 World Crazy Golf Championships.
The weekend of action tees-off with a team event at Hastings Adventure Golf tomorrow, followed by the two-day main event on Saturday and Sunday.
Visit the Hastings Adventure Golf website for more information.
We both made our debuts in the 2007 edition of the event back when it was known as the Virgin Money World Crazy Golf Championships. It was Emily's first ever miniature golf tournament.
|Playing hole 2 at the 2014 edition|
The competition is played on the 18-hole Crazy Golf course at Hastings Seafront. The layout is of the Arnold Palmer Putting Course variety. The course was the 39th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back in October 2007.
The World Crazy Golf Championships began in 2003. Two-time, back-to-back World Crazy Golf Champion Marc 'The Force' Chapman is defending the title in the 18th edition of the event.
Labels: 2021, Event, Events, Hastings, Hastings Adventure Golf, Hastings Crazy Golf, Hastings Mini Golf, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, WCGC, World Crazy Golf Championship, World Crazy Golf Championships
Location: Pelham Pl, Hastings TN34 3AJ, UK
Wednesday, September 08, 2021
A new Adventure Golf course is being created at Clayton Caravan Park in Fife, Scotland.
A new 18-hole Adventure Golf course is being built at Clayton Caravan Park in Fife, Scotland.
The course will is being themed on the Old Course at St Andrews and will open in 2022.
Visit the Clayton Caravan Park website for more information.
Labels: Adventure Golf, Clayton Caravan Park, Fife, Minigolf in the time of Coronavirus, New course, Scotland, St Andrews