Friday, January 15, 2021

The retailtainment and minigolf boom

Minigolf is a big part of the retailtainment boom, with courses opening as standalone entertainment activities, or as part of large shoppingtainment leisure offerings in malls, high streets and retail parks.


Some of these retailtainment activities are permanent, while others are pop-ups catering to a mix of audiences, from children and families, to adults looking for competitive socialising fun.

Miniature Golf has grown in popularity in the last decade and has moved from only being a traditional outdoor seaside summer activity to become a year-round game that can be played indoors, outdoors and at pretty much any time of the day.

A number of high streets, retail parks and shopping malls are now home to minigolf courses, with more new venues planned to open.

Minigolf is also a popular addition to boost footfall, create awareness and attract people to a location. Businesses also use portable and temporary minigolf layouts for product launches and promotions.

New minigolf courses in the UK

In 2020 we found out about a lot of new minigolf courses opening in the UK and already this year we've heard about four new locations in planning and development.

New minigolf courses in the UK

We know of 91 new miniature golf courses opening, in planning or under construction since the pandemic hit the UK.

Check out the new courses page for more information.


Richard Gottfried said...

There are plans for a new Adventure Golf course at the Concourse Shopping Centre in Skelmersdale, Lancashire.

Richard Gottfried said...

There are a large number of new minigolf retailtainment businesses and venues in planning and opening up this year, including some pop-up events:

The Cornhill Cove seaside-style pop-up will be returning to Lincoln city centre this summer.

An event is planned to take place in Salisbury, Wiltshire this summer and it'll feature a pop-up minigolf course.

There will be a mini golf course at the new Flip Out centre in Croydon.

The Printworks at Withy Grove in Manchester will be the location of a new Boom: Battle Bar.

Puttshack will be opening a new indoor minigolf venue at The Oracle shopping centre in Reading, Berkshire.

Construction is underway on a new Boom: Battle Bar site in Wandsworth, London.

There are plans for a new Boom: Battle Bar at Goodman's Fields in Aldgate, London.

A Boom: Battle Bar is opening in the seaside town of Eastbourne.

There are plans for a new Boom: Battle Bar in Aberdeen.

The Lakeside Shopping Centre in West Thurrock, Essex will be home to a new Boom: Battle Bar.

A new Gravity Active Entertainment centre is opening in Wandsworth, London.

A new Boom: Battle Bar with crazy golf and other indoor games is proposed to open in Glasgow.

A new Boom: Battle Bar with crazy golf and other indoor games is planned to open in Oxford this year.

Richard Gottfried said...

Last month I took a look back at the CLUB GOLF pop-up minigolf course at Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross, London and the minigolf course at O'Leary's bar and entertainment centre at the Mall of Scandinavia in Solna.