Tuesday, October 26, 2021

New mini golf course in Coventry

A new mini golf course and tenpin bowling centre is planned to open in Coventry city centre.


A new mini golf course and tenpin bowling centre is planned to open in Coventry city centre.

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

The retail entertainment and minigolf boom.

 

Crazy Golfing in Coventry

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

We've played minigolf at Allesley Park and Teezers Retro Golf in Coventry before. There's also a new Galaxy Quest Mini Golf at Laser Quest that we need to play and plans for a Boom: Battle Bar in the city too.

Happy National Pumpkin Day

Today is National Pumpkin Day.


Pumpkins at a Farm Shop in Handforth, Cheshire

Pumpkins at a Farm Shop in Handforth, Cheshire

Monday, October 25, 2021

Halloween in the City is back in Manchester

Halloween in the City has returned to Manchester city centre.


Halloween in the City in Manchester

We saw a few of the new Halloween monster inflatables that have popped up in Manchester during a wander round town on Saturday.

Halloween in the City in Manchester

The full Halloween in the City event is taking place in Manchester on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October with a number of large-scale monsters adorning buildings around the city centre as well as other themed activities.

Halloween in the City in Manchester

Check out the Halloween in the City website for more information.


Halloween in the City in Manchester

Urban Playground Mini Golf at the Arndale Centre in Manchester

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


Putters Mini Golf at the Urban Playground in the Manchester Arndale Centre

A new competitive socialising venue is opening at the Arndale Centre in Manchester and one of the activities on offer will be mini golf.

Putters Mini Golf at the Urban Playground in the Manchester Arndale Centre

The Urban Playground in Manchester is opening sometime this year and will be home to the indoor miniature golf course, The Cube Live and food & drinks.

Putters Mini Golf at the Urban Playground in the Manchester Arndale Centre

Putters Mini-Golf at the Urban Playground will be a tech-based course. Visit the Urban Playground website for more information.


Putters Mini Golf at the Urban Playground in the Manchester Arndale Centre

The Urban Playground will be another new local venue for us.

The Urban Playground entertainment centre is being created by the Mellors Group who own Skegness Pier and Fantasy Island in Ingoldmells. We've played minigolf at Fantasy Island before. The course there was underneath a rollercoaster! There's a new Lava Creek Adventure Golf course we haven't yet had a go on at Fantasy Island too.

Ghostbusting in Urmston

I saw an Ecto-1a car and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Urmston, Greater Manchester two years ago today!


The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters at the Eden Square Shopping Centre in Urmston, Greater Manchester

It was a brilliant way to kick off the Halloween season.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Par-59 Crazy Golf opening in Cardiff

The new Par-59 Crazy Golf venue is opening in Cardiff next year.


Par-59 Crazy Golf is opening in Cardiff in Spring 2022

Plans are still going ahead for the Par-59 Crazy Golf venue to open in Cardiff, Wales. The location was originally going to be at the Capitol Shopping Centre in Cardiff city centre, however plans have changed with the site now opening in a former nightclub on St Mary Street.

The Par-59 brand is being opened by footballer Gareth Bale and is set to open in Spring 2022.

Par-59 will feature three 9-hole indoor crazy golf courses along with a bar and restaurant.

Visit the Par-59 website for more information.


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

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Today is Back to the Future Day

Happy Back to the Future Day.


A Back to the Future DeLorean in MediaCityUK
We saw a Back to the Future DeLorean time machine at MediaCityUK in Salford a few days before the coronavirus pandemic lockdown was put in place

A Back to the Future DeLorean in MediaCityUK
If you could travel in time would you go to the future or the past?

Visit the Back to the Future car's website for more information.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Mini Golf at UberBlast in North Conway, New Hampshire, USA

A look at the Mini Golf course at the UberBlast Family Entertainment Center in North Conway, New Hampshire, USA.


Mini Golf at UberBlast in North Conway, New Hampshire, USA. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2021

My brother Christopher recently swung by the the UberBlast Family Entertainment Center in North Conway, New Hampshire, USA and sent me these photos of the minigolf course there.

Mini Golf at UberBlast in North Conway, New Hampshire, USA. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2021

Mini Golf at UberBlast in North Conway, New Hampshire, USA. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2021

Mini Golf at UberBlast in North Conway, New Hampshire, USA. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2021

Mini Golf at UberBlast in North Conway, New Hampshire, USA. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2021

Mini Golf at UberBlast in North Conway, New Hampshire, USA. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2021

The course became the 1,006th visited on our overall Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf heading back to Liverpool

There are plans for a new Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf course in Liverpool.


There are plans for a new Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf course in Liverpool

Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf are planning to open a new indoor minigolf centre at The Lyceum building in Liverpool.

Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf opened its first venue in Bristol and its second location was at Liverpool ONE. There are currently four Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf sites - in Bristol, Brighton, London and Glasgow.

Visit the Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf website for more information.


We've played tournaments at the Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf courses in Bristol and Liverpool. We also visited the now closed Leeds location on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Mini Golf at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

A look at the Mini Golf course at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Belton, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


Mini Golf at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Photo by Sophia Moles, October 2021

Our friends Sophia and Karl Moles sent over some photos of the Mini Golf course at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Belton, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk from their recent holiday there.

Mini Golf at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Photo by Sophia Moles, October 2021

Sophia told us they enjoyed a couple of rounds on the course, with the best score from the group being a 25 by Karl. The course record is 24 on the 9-hole layout.

Mini Golf at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Photo by Sophia Moles, October 2021

Mini Golf at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Photo by Sophia Moles, October 2021

Mini Golf at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Photo by Sophia Moles, October 2021

Mini Golf at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Photo by Sophia Moles, October 2021

Mini Golf at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Photo by Sophia Moles, October 2021

Mini Golf at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Photo by Sophia Moles, October 2021

Mini Golf at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Photo by Sophia Moles, October 2021

Mini Golf at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Photo by Sophia Moles, October 2021


Check out the Haven website for more information on the Wild Duck Holiday Park.


Minigolfing Moles

36 years of Blockbuster Video

Gone, but not forgotten.


Blockbuster Video store in Nuneaton, Warwickshire

The first Blockbuster Video store opened in Dallas, Texas, USA on this day in 1985.

At its peak in 2004 there were more than 9,000 stores around the world. 500+ of which were in the UK.

There is now just one Blockbuster Video store left open. It's in Bend, Oregon, USA.

Blockbuster in the UK


Blockbuster Video Express in Billingham, Teesside
Blockbuster Video Express in Billingham, Teesside

Blockbuster ceased operations in the UK in December 2013. At the start of that year there were 528 Blockbuster locations in the UK. The number dwindled until October when only 264 shops remained. The remaining stores closed on the 16th December.

Blockbuster Video Express in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
The most recent former Blockbuster store we visited was in Clacton-on-Sea. It was nice to see it had a ghost sign

There are still clearly visible remnants of the brand on the high street and on retail parks. And we've been to most of them!



Blockbuster Video Express in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight
A ghost sign at the old Blockbuster Video Express store in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight


Lost brands

I've spent a lot of the last two years reminiscing about 'the good old days' before the coronavirus pandemic hit the planet. One of my areas of interest is in old retail brands - I'm a marketer by profession and two of my first jobs in the 1990's and the year 2000 were at Tandy and Toys R Us. It's been fascinating to find remnants of a number of lost, dead and defunct brands on the high street and at retail parks.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Crazy Golf at Pop's Meadow in Gorleston-on-Sea

A look at the Crazy Golf course at Pop's Meadow in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk.


Crazy Golf at Pop's Meadow in Gorleston-on-Sea. Photo by Cherise Gray, October 2021

A big thank you goes to the team at Pop's Meadow Cafe and Fun Park for sending us these photos of the new Crazy Golf course there.

Crazy Golf at Pop's Meadow in Gorleston-on-Sea. Photo by Cherise Gray, October 2021

Crazy Golf at Pop's Meadow in Gorleston-on-Sea. Photo by Cherise Gray, October 2021

Crazy Golf at Pop's Meadow in Gorleston-on-Sea. Photo by Cherise Gray, October 2021

We heard last week that the venue had reopened and added a new minigolf course to the site. Great news.

Visit the Pop's Meadow Cafe and Fun Park on Facebook for more information.


It's always brilliant to hear about new miniature golf courses opening and it's really nice when sites of lost courses once again become places to play the game.

The former Crazy Golf course at Pop's Meadow in Gorleston-on-Sea was the 100th course we visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour when we swung by on the 10th May 2009.

Crazy Golf at Pop's Meadow in Gorleston-on-Sea
We played the old Arnold Palmer Putting course at Pop's Meadow in June 2010 and the last time any of us swung by it was back in 2016 after it had closed down


We've now been to 973 courses since September 2006.

We're planning a big minigolf trip to Norfolk for next summer and it'll be marvellous to have a game of crazy golf at Pop's Meadow again.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Roxy Ball Room heading to Bristol

A new Roxy Ball Room could be opening in Bristol.


There are plans for a new Roxy Ball Room to open in Bristol city centre.

A new Roxy Ball Room could be opening in Bristol.

Roxy Ball Room venues are home to a number of sports and games including Crazy Golf, Crazy Pool, Shuffleboard, Pool, Beer Pong and more.

Check out the Roxy Ball Room website for more information.


We've played Crazy Golf at the Roxy Ball Room locations in Manchester and Leeds on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We're yet to play minigolf at the Liverpool site.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Crazy Golf back at Pop's Meadow in Gorleston-on-Sea

A Crazy Golf course is once again part of Pop's Meadow in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk.


A Crazy Golf course is once again part of Pop's Meadow in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk

Pop's Meadow fun park in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk is once more home to a Crazy Golf course.

A temporary layout has been created by the new operators of the site and there are plans for a more permanent course to be put in place in the future.

Check out the Pop's Meadow Cafe and Fun Park on Facebook for more information.


It's always nice to hear about new minigolf courses opening and especially nice when sites of lost courses once again become places to play the game.

The Crazy Golf course at Pop's Meadow in Gorleston-on-Sea was the 100th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour when we swung by on the 10th May 2009. We've now been to 973 courses since September 2006.

Crazy Golf at Pop's Meadow in Gorleston-on-Sea
We played the course in June 2010 and the last time any of us swung by it was back in 2016 when it had closed down

We're looking forward to revisiting Pop's Meadow and playing the new course there.

Pop's Meadow is a site of historical significance in the world of miniature golf as the game has been played there for many many years
Pop's Meadow is a site of historical significance in the world of miniature golf as the game has been played there for many many years

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Minigolf mining

Last week I put out a question on social media about whether there are any Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom style runaway mine car-style rides at theme parks or fairs in the UK.

Part of the prompt for this question was watching the film, with another being the new section of holes we saw at the Pavilion Adventure Golf in Clacton-on-Sea that includes a broken down mine.

Pavilion Adventure Golf in Clacton-on-Sea

We've seen a couple of other mining scenes on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Alpine Adventure Golf course on the Great Orme in Llandudno
Alpine Adventure Golf course on the Great Orme in Llandudno, Wales

Alpine Adventure Golf course on the Great Orme in Llandudno

Dragon's Quest Mini Golf course at Fontygary Leisure Park in Rhoose, Barry, Wales
Dragon's Quest Mini Golf course at Fontygary Leisure Park in Rhoose, Barry, Wales

Dragon's Quest Mini Golf course at Fontygary Leisure Park in Rhoose, Barry, Wales

Dragon's Quest Mini Golf course at Fontygary Leisure Park in Rhoose, Barry, Wales