Friday, January 15, 2021

The retailtainment and minigolf boom

A look at the retail entertainment 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.

Retailtainment

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.

24 comments:

Richard Gottfried said...

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

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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.

Richard Gottfried said...

Here's a look at the new Aces Minigolf course at Dobbies Garden Centre in Gloucester.

Aces Minigolf Gloucester opens to the public on Friday 9th July.

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A new Gutterball Alley venue with tenpin bowling and crazy golf is opening at the St Enoch Centre in Glasgow in August 2021.

It will be the second Gutterball location from the team behind Lane7 and follows the first site in North Shields.

We've played minigolf at the adult-oriented Lane7 venue in Newcastle. Gutterball Alleys are family entertainment centres and the North Shields Gutterball is home to tenpin bowling, guttergolf minigolf, pool, arcades, ping pong and indoor baseball batting cages.

Richard Gottfried said...

Par 'n' Bar, a cities of the world themed indoor mini-golf course, is opening at the Swan Centre in Rugby, Warwickshire.

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

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A new mini golf course has opened as part of an Airtastic entertainment centre in Newtownabbey, Belfast, Northern Ireland. It's in a former Toys R Us unit.

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There are plans for a new mini-golf course to open as part of a high street entertainment venue in Fife, Scotland.

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Putt Noodle Crazy Golf is planned for the Castle Quarter in Norwich, Norfolk.

Richard Gottfried said...

There's a free-to-play crazy golf course at the centre:mk's Summer Fair in Milton Keynes.

Richard Gottfried said...

There's a pop up crazy golf course set up at the Touchwood shopping and entertainment centre in Solihull town centre for the summer.

Richard Gottfried said...

There's a pop up crazy golf course at the DL1 Leisure Park in Darlington during August.

Richard Gottfried said...

There's a free-to-play pop up minigolf course in Kirkwall, Orkney running until the 9th August.

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Here's look at the Puttshack indoor miniature golf venue at Lakeside shopping centre in Grays, Essex. Many thanks to my friend and minigolf rival Simon Brown for sending me some photos from his recent visit.

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A mini-golf course is opening as part of the new Urban Playground at the Arndale centre in Manchester.

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Zingers Adventure Golf is opening at The Bridge Shopping Centre in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

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A new indoor crazy golf course called Looney Golf is opening on North Parade in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

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Work is underway on the new Putt Noodle indoor crazy golf venue at The Castle Quarter in Norwich, Norfolk.

Putt Noodle will be home to three 9-hole courses.

The location for the new minigolf centre is a former New Look shop unit.

The Castle Quarter shopping and entertainment centre is also home to a Boom: Battle Bar (the first one in fact). We played the 'Crazier Golf' course there last month.

Richard Gottfried said...

A new Boom: Battle Bar could be opening at the Buttermarket shopping centre in Ipswich, Suffolk.

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A new motorsport-themed Crazy Golf course has opened in Edmonton, North London.

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A new motorsport-themed Crazy Golf course is opening in Leicester in November.

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The Tidal Bay Crazy Adventure Golf course at the Wyevale Garden Centre in Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire has closed down (October 2021).

Richard Gottfried said...

The former Debenhams shop unit at the West Orchards Shopping Centre in Coventry is set to become a tenpin bowling and adventure golf venue.