Sunday, November 20, 2022

Drift Park Crazy Golf in Rhyl, Wales

A revisit to the Drift Park Crazy Golf course in Rhyl, North Wales.


Drift Park Crazy Golf in Rhyl, Wales

We took a look at the Crazy Golf course at Drift Park in Rhyl yesterday.

Drift Park Crazy Golf in Rhyl, Wales

Drift Park Crazy Golf in Rhyl, Wales

Drift Park Crazy Golf in Rhyl, Wales

Drift Park Crazy Golf in Rhyl, Wales


Mini Golf at Clubhouse Meadowhall

A new indoor entertainment venue is opening at Meadowhall in Sheffield.


A new indoor entertainment venue is opening at Meadowhall in Sheffield

Clubhouse Meadowhall will be home to mini golf, tenpin bowling and more when it opens at the shopping centre.

Visit the Clubhouse website for more information.


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

Mini Golf at the Palace Fun Centre in Rhyl, Wales

A revisit to the Palace Fun Centre Mini Golf course in Rhyl, North Wales.


Mini Golf at the Palace Fun Centre in Rhyl, Wales

We swung by the indoor Mini Golf course at the Palace Fun Centre in Rhyl on our day trip to the seaside resort yesterday.

Mini Golf at the Palace Fun Centre in Rhyl, Wales


Friday, November 18, 2022

Lost Shops - Grainger Games in Warrington

Spotting an old Grainger Games shop in Warrington.


Grainger Games in Warrington

We saw this former Grainger Games shop at the Golden Square shopping centre in Warrington, Cheshire today.

Grainger Games in Warrington

We've also seen former Grainger Games stores in StretfordSalfordHydeAshton-Under-Lyne and Bradford.

Interestingly some of them still had a few bits of stock inside!

The shop unit in Warrington will soon be home to Funky Figures. It's nice to see they've kept all of the former Grainger Games shelving inside to give it a nostalgic hit.

The company was founded in 1996 and ceased operations on the 28th March 2018.

As a brand with shops in the North of England and Scotland I only became a regular shopper at Grainger Games when I moved to Stockport in 2016. I picked up some nice old games for my SEGA Master System there.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

New indoor Adventure Golf in Stourbridge

A new indoor Adventure Golf course could be opening in Stourbridge.


A new indoor Adventure Golf course could be opening in Stourbridge

There are plans for a new indoor Adventure Golf course to be created at the industrial estate at Mill Race Lane in Stourbridge in the West Midlands.

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

Adventure Golf at Shibden Park in Halifax

There are plans for a new Adventure Golf course at Shibden Park in Halifax.


There are plans for a new Adventure Golf course at Shibden Park in Halifax

A 12-hole woodland-themed Adventure Golf is planned to be created at Shibden Park in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

It'll be another new course for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, but not a new location.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Scrap Yard Golf at Worcester Bowl

A look at the indoor crazy golf course at Worcester Bowl.


Scrap Yard Golf at Worcester Bowl

A new course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Find out more about the Scrap Yard Golf course on the Worcester Bowl website.

Mulligans Crazy Golf in Worcester

A look at the new Mulligans Crazy Golf course in Worcester.


Mulligans Crazy Golf in Worcester

The location is home to two indoor crazy golf courses.

We've played a number of Mr Mulligans courses on our travels and the new Worcester course was swung by on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour recently.

Check out the Mr Mulligans website for more information.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Boom Battle Bar opening at Stevenage Leisure Park

A new Boom Battle Bar is opening at Stevenage Leisure Park in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.


A new Boom Battle Bar is opening at Stevenage Leisure Park in Stevenage, Hertfordshire

The venue will be home to crazy golf, axe throwing, shuffleboard and more. It's due to open in December.

Visit the Boom Battle Bar website for more information.

Golf Fang crazy golf opening in Cardiff

A new Golf Fang indoor crazy golf venue is opening in Cardiff, Wales in 2023.


A new Golf Fang indoor crazy golf venue is opening in Cardiff, Wales in 2023

Visit the Golf Fang website for more information.

Thursday, November 03, 2022

Blockbuster on Netflix

There's a new Blockbuster Video comedy out on Netflix! Will you be watching it?


This is a sign we snapped at our old local (abandoned) Blockbuster Video store in Manchester
The new show is about the last (operating) Blockbuster Video store in the world. This is a sign we snapped at our old local (abandoned) Blockbuster Video store in Manchester

Check out my blog posts about Blockbuster.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Mini Golf at Hotel Pinija in Croatia

A look at a Miniature Golf course at Hotel Pinija in Petrčane, Croatia.

My brother, and charter member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, has sent me a few more snaps of the Miniature Golf course at Hotel Pinija in Petrčane, Croatia. It's one of two layouts at the hotel.

Hotel Pinija Mini Golf in Croatia by C. Gottfried, October 2022

Hotel Pinija Mini Golf in Croatia by C. Gottfried, October 2022

Hotel Pinija Mini Golf in Croatia by C. Gottfried, October 2022

Our combined total of course visits now stands at 1,046 since September 2006.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

The Empourium in Stafford

A new competitive socialising venue is opening in Stafford.


A new competitive socialising venue is opening in Stafford

Stafford will soon be home to a new competitive socialising venue called The Empourium.

The Empourium will feature a number of indoor games, including crazy golf.

The venue will also have Darts, Pool, Shuffleboard, Beer Pong, Bowling and Table Tennis.

The Empourium is scheduled to open on Thursday 10th November.

Visit The Empourium's Facebook Page for more information.


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

Par 59 minigolf in Bristol

The new Par 59 minigolf bar venue is opening in Bristol in December.


A new indoor minigolf course and bar is opening in Bristol.

The second of Gareth Bale's Par 59 venues is scheduled to open in Bristol on Friday 9th December. The indoor minigolf course in the city follows the first Par 59 location in Cardiff.

Check out the Par 59 website for more information.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

New Adventure Golf at Furzton Lake in Milton Keynes

A new dinosaur-themed Adventure Golf course has opened at Furzton Lake in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.


A new dinosaur-themed Adventure Golf course has opened at Furzton Lake in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

The adventure golf course is an 18-hole layout and is called Dinosaur Valley.

Visit the Dinosaur Valley booking website and Facebook Page for more information. 

Thursday, October 20, 2022

New Adventure Golf at Regent Park Golf Club in Bolton

There are plans for a new Adventure Golf course to be created at Regent Park Golf Club in Bolton.


There are plans for a new Adventure Golf course to be created at Regent Park Golf Club in Bolton

The Adventure Golf course would be built by City Golf and is proposed to have a jungle-theme.

Guess the minigolf course

Where in the world would you find this crazy golf course?


Where in the world would you find this crazy golf course
A mini mystery...

Minigolf at Riverside Park in Llangollen, Wales

A revisit to the Minigolf course at Riverside Park in Llangollen, Wales on Saturday 15th October 2022.


Minigolf at Riverside Park in Llangollen, Wales
Minigolf at Riverside Park in Llangollen

We played the course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour on the 21st August 2009.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

37 years of Blockbuster Video

Not entirely gone, and not entirely forgotten.


Blockbuster Video store in Nuneaton, Warwickshire
This was the sign at the Blockbuster Video store in Nuneaton, Warwickshire when it was uncovered for a short period of time in 2021

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-plus of those were in the UK.


There has been a boom in nostalgia for the brand - which back in the day was seen as something of a category killer that saw off many smaller operators.

Blockbuster in the UK


Blockbuster Video Express in Billingham, Teesside
The remains of the Blockbuster Video Express store in Billingham, Teesside in 2020

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.

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 on our travels!



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 in 2021


Lost brands

Emily and I have spent a lot of the last few years reminiscing about 'the good old days' before the coronavirus pandemic hit the planet. One of our areas of interest is in old retail brands - we're both marketers by profession and two of my first jobs in the 1990's and the year 2000 were at Tandy and Toys R Us, while Emily's first job was at a Happy Shopper shop. It's been fascinating to find remnants of these brands - and a number of other lost, dead and defunct brands - on the high street and at retail parks around the UK.

Monday, October 17, 2022

A Dull Men's Club Event

A report from the COVID-delayed party for Anorak of the Year 2021.


The Sun Trevor pub in Llangollen
The Sun Trevor pub in Llangollen

We attended the first Dull Men's Club in-person event since before the coronavirus pandemic at the COVID-delayed party for the Anorak of the Year Award 2021 at The Sun Trevor pub in Llangollen, Wales on Saturday afternoon.

The Dull Men's Club Calendar for 2022
The Dull Men's Club Calendar for 2022

It was marvellous to meet up with fellow dullsters, including old friends as well as meeting some new characters.

Leland Carlson (Assistant Vice President) and Freddie (Apprentice Dullster) present at the Anorak of the Year awards
Leland Carlson (Assistant Vice President) and Freddie (Apprentice Dullster) present at the Anorak of the Year awards

In recent years the Dull Men's Club has presented an 'Anorak of the Year' award. For 2018 it was presented to Kevin Beresford from Redditch, founder of the Roundabout Appreciation Society. For 2019 to Archie Workman, a drainspotter in Cumbria.

Because of the pandemic no award was given for 2020, instead we won The Dull Men's Club Self-Isolators of the Year Award.

The latest recipient of the Anorak of the Year Award was Rachel Williamson from Rhyl who is a Yarnbomber.

It's always a pleasure getting together at a Dull Men's Club event and the gatherings are anything but boring. Hearing updates from people on their pursuits, interests, hobbies and collections is fun and interesting, and the events always spark conversation and areas of mutual interest - Miniature Golf Day and Telegraph Pole Appreciation Day are both on the 21st September each year for example.

Milk Bottle collector Steve Wheeler has 27,000 milk bottles. Here he holds two new additions to his collection and museum after they were donated by a local farmer
Milk Bottle collector Steve Wheeler has 27,000 milk bottles. Here he holds two new additions to his collection and museum after they were donated by a local farmer

There were a wide-range of dullsters at the event, including milk bottle collectors, park bench appreciators, hill measurers, yarnbombers, roundabout spotters, car park photographers, telegraph pole appreciators, brick collectors, paint inspectors and more.

The Dull Men's Club isn't all about watching paint dry
The Dull Men's Club isn't all about watching paint dry

Find out more on the Dull Men's Club website.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

A look at an old Happy Shopper shop in Burton-on-Trent

Visiting a Happy Shopper shop in Burton-on-Trent.


Happy Shopper shop in Burton-on-Trent

We recently drove home via Burton upon Trent to take a look at a Happy Shopper shop. We're lucky we did as the shop was in the process of being gutted as it's now closed. The business has moved to a new premises over the road, where some of the old branded shelving is now in use.

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Video Store Day 2022

Today is Video Store Day.


Do you still have a video store near you?

International Independent Video Store Day is observed on the third Saturday of October each year.

It's always interesting finding lost shops and old signs on my travels and I recently drove past this former video rental shop at The Village Top Shop in Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham!

Video Rentals at The Village Top Shop in Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham
Video Rentals at The Village Top Shop in Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham

There are still traces of other former video shops to be found on the streets of the UK. Most of those are old Blockbuster Video stores. But there are remnants of independent video shops to be seen if you're lucky.


Blockbuster Video stores we've visited to date:

B.V.C. - Bolton Video Centre in Little Lever
On Video Store Day in 2020 we were fortunate enough to stumble upon a video rental shop in Little Lever, Bolton

Friday, October 14, 2022

Globetrotters Crazy Golf at County Mall Shopping Centre in Crawley

Globetrotters Crazy Golf is opening at the County Mall Shopping Centre in Crawley, West Sussex this winter.


Globetrotters Crazy Golf opening at the County Mall Shopping Centre in Crawley, West Sussex this winter

The Globetrotters pop-up Crazy Golf course is heading indoors to the County Mall Shopping Centre in Crawley, West Sussex and will be open from Friday 18th November.

Check out the Globetrotters Crazy Golf website for more information.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Winning the Weymouth Mini Golf Open

I won the Weymouth Open minigolf tournament on this day in 2008.


Weymouth Open minigolf champion Richard Gottfried

The inaugural Weymouth Open minigolf competition was held on the 18-hole Pirate Adventure Mini Golf course at the Weymouth Sea Life Centre at Lodmoor Country Park in Weymouth, Dorset on Sunday 12th October 2008.

Pirate Adventure Mini Golf at Lodmoor Country Park in Weymouth

I had an excellent career record in Weymouth Open events. As well as winning the individual title in 2008 my team-mate Chris Harding and I were the Weymouth Open doubles champions in 2011.

I was also runner-up in the 2009 and 2011 events and seventh in 2010. In the 2009 tournament Kevin Moseley and I were tied after two rounds and it took 4-holes of a sudden-death play-off to separate us.

The Pirate Adventure Mini Golf course was the 77th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We've now been to 1,004 courses since September 2006.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Where in the world would you find this miniature golf course?

A minigolf mystery...


Where in the world would you find this miniature golf course?
Where in the world would you find this miniature golf course?

It's one of the 1,004 visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour since 2006.

Monday, October 03, 2022

Hotel Pinija Mini Golf in Croatia

A look at the two Mini Golf courses at Hotel Pinija in Petrčane, Croatia.


Hotel Pinija Mini Golf in Croatia by Christopher Gottfried, October 2022
A sign for the Mini Golf at Hotel Pinija

My brother, and charter member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, has sent me some snaps of the two Mini Golf courses at Hotel Pinija in Petrčane, Croatia.

Hotel Pinija Mini Golf in Croatia by Christopher Gottfried, October 2022
One of the two courses at the hotel

Hotel Pinija Mini Golf in Croatia by Christopher Gottfried, October 2022
This is the newer of the two layouts

Hotel Pinija Mini Golf in Croatia by Christopher Gottfried, October 2022
The older course is of the Eternit variety of miniature golf

Hotel Pinija Mini Golf in Croatia by Christopher Gottfried, October 2022
Hole 6

Hotel Pinija Mini Golf in Croatia by Christopher Gottfried, October 2022
The Eternit Miniature Golf course at Hotel Pinija

Our combined total of course visits now stands at 1,046 since September 2006.

Saturday, October 01, 2022

54 Problems minigolf podcast

Have a listen to the latest 54 Problems minigolf podcast for a minigolf tour with a difference.


54 Problems minigolf podcast

I was a guest on the new episode of the 54 Problems minigolf podcast.



Do give the 54 Problems Facebook Page a like too.

Friday, September 30, 2022

16 years of our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Celebrating 16 years of our minigolf adventures.


We played the Victory Trail course at Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Southsea, Hampshire on this day in 2006.

Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Southsea, Hampshire
Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Southsea

At the end of our 9-hole round on Saturday 30th September I won a free game by firing the cannon on the lucky last hole.

Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Southsea, Hampshire
My free game card from Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Southsea - never used!

We've been putting on our crazy golfing adventures ever since!

Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Southsea, Hampshire
Treasure Island Adventure Golf in Southsea

When our travels began in 2006 there were around 600 courses in the UK. There are now more than 1,000, and there are lots of new courses opening all the time.

We've now been to 1,004 courses overall in the last 16 years, with 959 of those courses in the British Isles.

You can see all of the courses we've visited on this Crazy World of Minigolf Tour list.


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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Video Rentals at The Village Top Shop in Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham

Spotting an old video shop in Rotherham.


Video Rentals at The Village Top Shop in Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham

It's always interesting finding lost shops and old signs on my travels and I recently drove past this former video rental shop at The Village Top Shop in Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham!

Video Rentals at The Village Top Shop in Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham

There are still traces of other former video shops to be found on the streets of the UK. Most of those are old Blockbuster Video stores. But there are remnants of independent video shops to be seen if you're lucky.


Blockbuster Video stores we've visited to date: