Saturday, October 28, 2023
The 18-hole indoor glow-in-the-dark crazy golf course has an underwater theme.
It'll be a new course for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour next time we're in the area.
Visit the Octoputts Crazy Golf website for more information.
Labels: 2023, Crazy Golf, glow in the dark, glow-in-the-dark, Indoor Crazy Golf, King's Lynn, New course, Norfolk
Location: King's Lynn PE30, UK
The Adventure Golf course at Star City in Birmingham has reopened as Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf.
|Adventure Golf at Star City in Birmingham|
The former Adventure Island Mini Golf indoor adventure golf venue at Star City in Birmingham is now open under the Jungle Rumble brand.
The venue is home to two indoor 18-hole adventure golf courses - the Lost Hut Trail and the Hidden Cove Challenge.
I first visited the location shortly after it opened in 2008 when it was known as Adventure Island Mini Golf.
Over the years we've played the course for fun, leagues, and tournaments.
The courses were the 57th and 58th played on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
Check out the Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf website for more information.
Labels: 2023, Adventure Golf, Birmingham, Indoor Adventure Golf, Jungle Rumble, Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf, reopened, Star City
From Filmtown to Candytown.
Many thanks to my Finnish friend Ion Mittler who has let me know that the Filmtown movie rental chain is stopping film rentals and becoming a chain of sweet shops called Candy Town.
Filmtown is the last movie rental chain in the country. There are currently forty Filmtown stores in Finland, and you can still rent films from four of them for the remainder of 2023 and 2024. The others have already become candy stores.
Ion called into one of the Filmtown stores last weekend and took these snaps. He noted that while there everyone was buying candies and that no one was renting movies.
It's fascinating seeing the change in consumer habits and looking at retail history. We've been to a fair few former video stores on our travels over the last few years.
Check out the Filmtown website for more information.
Labels: Candytown, Film, Film Town, Filmtown, Finland, guest blog, guest blog post, Guest Blog Posts, guest blogs, history, Ion Mittler, John Mittler, Movie, retail, shop, Shops, sweets, video shop, Video Store
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
There are plans for a new Adventure Golf course at Ruxley Manor Garden Centre in Orpington, Kent.
The 18-hole Adventure Golf will be an outdoor layout.
Visit the Ruxley Manor Garden Centre website for more information.
Labels: 2023, Adventure Golf, Garden Centre, Kent, New course, Orpington, retail, Retailtainment, Ruxley Manor Garden Centre
A new Jurassic-themed Mini-Golf course is opening at Eastgate Shopping Centre in Basildon, Essex.
The indoor dinosaur-themed Mini-Golf course will be part of the new Jurassica Live venue at the shopping centre.
Visit the Jurassica Live website for more information.
Labels: 2023, Basildon, Essex, Indoor Mini Golf, Indoor Minigolf, Jurassic, Jurassic Mini-Golf, Jurassica Live, Mini-Golf, Minigolf, New course, retail, Retailtainment
Location: Southernhay, Basildon SS14 1EB, UK
A new Mini-Golf course is planned to open at Teesside Park in Stockton-on-Tees.
The 12-hole indoor Mini-Golf course is set to open as part of an expanded Hollywood Bowl centre.
The layout will be a Puttstars Mini-Golf course.
|Puttstars Mini-Golf in Rochdale (June 2021)|
Visit the Hollywood Bowl and Puttstars websites for more information.
We've played at Puttstars before, and been to Teesside Retail Park - but not done both together. We visited the old Toys R Us store there in April 2021.
Labels: 2023, Crazy Golf, Hollywood Bowl, Indoor Crazy Golf, Indoor Mini Golf, Indoor Minigolf, Mini Golf, Mini-Golf, Minigolf, New course, Puttstars, retail, Retailtainment, Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, Toys R Us
A new Christmas-themed Mini Golf course will be set up at Camping World in Horsham, Surrey in November and December.
Globetrotters Winter Whimsy will be a 9-hole course themed on famous landmarks from around the world, decorated with a festive-theme.
Find out more on the Globetrotters Mini Golf website.
Labels: 2023, Camping World, Christmas, Crazy Golf, Globetrotters, Globetrotters Bar & Golf, Globetrotters Crazy Golf, Horsham, Mini Golf, Minigolf, New course, Surrey
Location: Surrey, UK
A new indoor minigolf course is opening in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Sneaky Links Mini-Golf is a 9-hole indoor miniature golf course and will be opening in Bury St Edmunds in November.
The venue describes itself as a 'boozy crazy golf' will open on Brentgovel Street.
It'll be a new course for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour when visiting family and friends in East Anglia.
Check out the Sneaky Links website for more information.
Labels: 2023, Bury St Edmunds, competitive socialising, Crazy Golf, Indoor Crazy Golf, Indoor Mini Golf, Indoor Minigolf, Mini Golf, Minigolf, New course, Retailtainment, Suffolk
Location: Bury St Edmunds, Bury Saint Edmunds, UK
Sunday, October 22, 2023
A visit to Mr Mulligan's Adventure Golf in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
|The Enchanted Forest course at Mr Mulligan's Adventure Golf in Milton Keynes|
|Mr Mulligan's Adventure Golf in Milton Keynes|
Mr Mulligan's Adventure Golf can be found in the Theatre District of Milton Keynes and is home to two 12-hole indoor courses.
We played both - there's a discount when playing both layouts - teeing-off on the Enchanted Forest course, before tackling the Underwater Kingdom.
In our minigolf match-up Emily shot a 27 to defeat me and my 29 on the Enchanted Forest. I won the round on the Underwater Kingdom with a score of 27 to Emily's 33, to also give me the overall victory 56 to 60.
|Emily teeing-off among the giant obstacles|
We've played several of the Mr Mulligan's brand of minigolf on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, including the outdoor Pirate Golf Mr Mulligan's at the Abbey Hill Golf Centre also in Milton Keynes.
The theming on the courses was excellent. We both agreed that the Enchanted Forest was our favourite of the two challenges.
|The giant Venus Fly Trap was my favourite hole on the course - I managed to get a hole-in-one on it too|
The Enchanted Forest course at Mr Mulligan's was the 1,032nd course visited and 570th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour since September 2006. The Underwater Kingdom was the 1,033rd visited and 571st played.
You can find Mr Mulligan's minigolf courses in Basildon, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cheltenham, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Romford, Sidcup, Stevenage, Tonbridge, Woking, and Worcester.
Visit the Mr Mulligan's website for more information.
Labels: 2023, Adventure Golf, Buckinghamshire, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Indoor Adventure Golf, Milton Keynes, Mr Mulligan, Mr Mulligan's, Mr Mulligans, Mulligan's, Mulligans
Location: Milton Keynes, UK
Mini Golf Cumberland Edition has opened at The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven, Cumbria.
A new indoor Mini Golf course has opened at The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven, Cumbria.
Mini Golf Cumberland is a 9-hole layout, with obstacles themed on Cumberland landmarks.
The course opened on Saturday 21st October and closes on Sunday 14th April 2024.
Visit The Beacon Museum website for more information.
As Curators of The Crazy Golf Museum it's nice to see another museum including minigolf as an interactive exhibit to facilitate learning.
We visited Cumbria earlier this year, but didn't have time to visit Whitehaven. Hopefully we'll get to have a game on the Mini Golf Cumberland Edition course at The Beacon Museum on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
Labels: 2023, 2024, Crazy Golf, Cumberland, Cumbria, history, Mini Golf, Mini-Golf, Minigolf, Museum, Museums, New course, Pop Up, The Beacon Museum
Saturday, October 21, 2023
On our recent trip to Milton Keynes we spotted a robot-themed restaurant in the Theatre District.
Sadly it was permanently closed.
What a concept though.
The restaurant opened in 2020 and closed earlier this year.
Location: Milton Keynes, UK
Friday, October 20, 2023
There's a new mini golf course at The Light cinema in Banbury.
The Light cinema in Banbury, Oxfordshire is now also home to a 10-hole mini golf course.
The course is a film-themed layout.
The indoor glow-in-the-dark crazy golf course will be another new one for us to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour when we're back in my home county.
Visit The Light Banbury's website for more information.
Labels: Banbury, Cinema, films, Glow Golf, glow in the dark, glow-in-the-dark, Indoor Mini Golf, Mini Golf, Mini-Golf, movies, New course, Oxfordshire, Retailtainment, The Light
Location: Banbury, UK
A new Putt Putt Noodle indoor minigolf venue is planned to open in Colchester.
|The katakana characters on the left of the Putt Putt Noodle logo translate as 'Lucky'|
There are plans to turn the former Debenhams department store in Colchester, Essex into an indoor crazy golf course.
Visit the Putt Putt Noodle website to find out more about the brand's existing courses.
Labels: 2023, Debenhams, Indoor Crazy Golf, Indoor Minigolf, New course, Putt Putt Noodle, retail, Retailtainment, Shoppertainment, shoppingtainment
Location: Colchester, UK
A new BUNKERS! indoor entertainment venue is planned to open in November.
BUNKERS! at The Brewery shopping centre in Romford, Essex will be home to a crazy golf course, shuffleboard, and axe throwing.
Visit the BUNKERS! website for more information about the new venue, as well as the existing BUNKERS! location in Swansea.
Labels: 2023, Bunkers, Bunkers!, Bunkers! Crazy Golf & Drinks, competitive socialising, Crazy Golf, Essex, Indoor Crazy Golf, New course, Retailtainment, Romford, Shoppertainment, shoppingtainment
Location: Romford, UK
A new indoor minigolf venue is opening in Nottingham city centre.
A Golf Fang indoor crazy golf venue is opening on Huntingdon Street in Nottingham.
Visit the Golf Fang website for more information on the brand's existing courses.
Labels: 2023, Crazy Golf, Ghetto Golf, Golf Fang, Indoor Crazy Golf, Indoor Minigolf, Minigolf, New course, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Location: Huntingdon St, Nottingham, UK
Thursday, October 12, 2023
I won the Weymouth Open minigolf tournament on this day in 2008.
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.
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 1,037 courses since September 2006.
Labels: 2008, BMGA, British Minigolf Association, Competition, Dorset, Merlin Pirate Adventure Mini Golf, Richard Gottfried, Tournament, Weymouth
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
There are three 12-hole courses at Volcano Falls Adventure Golf in Milton Keynes.
Volcano Falls Adventure Golf can be found at Xscape in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. We swung by on our visit to the town last Thursday evening.
The three themed courses are Coney Island Carnival, Tropicana Beach Club and Volcano Valley.
You can find other Volcano Falls Adventure Golf courses in Edinburgh and Castleford.
Visit the Volcano Falls Adventure Golf website for further information.
Labels: 2023, Adventure Golf, Buckinghamshire, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Milton Keynes, Volcano Falls Adventure Golf, Xscape
We missed it.
We revisited our old home town of Luton last weekend and spotted this poster in the window of the old Debenhams advertising the 'Pop Up' Summertime Fun event in Luton's Wardown Park earlier this year. It included free Crazy Golf!
We've spent a lot of time in Wardown Park. The park has had some different courses over the years - including a fibreglass Crazy Golf layout, and a Putting/mini-Pitch & Putt course. It's currently home to an Adventure Golf course.
|Wardown Adventure Golf course in Wardown Park, Luton (June 2021)|
Wardown Park's first miniature golf course opened on the 19th June 1934 - so our visit in 2021 came 87 years to the day since the first putt was taken in the park!
Labels: 'Pop Up' Summertime Fun in Luton, 2023, Bedfordshire, Crazy Golf, Luton, Pop Up, Wardown Park
The superb 12-hole miniature golf layout at Dobbies Garden Centre in Gloucester is expanding to become an 18-hole course.
We played the Aces Minigolf Gloucester course in July 2021 to play a few rounds and compete in the Aces Minigolf Gloucester Invitational Tournament - that event was the first minigolf competition we'd played in since 2019 and it was fun to be back in action.
|The new holes will be on the other side of the fence on the right hand side|
It'll be interesting to see what the new 6-holes look and play like.
|Aces Minigolf Gloucester|
Check out the Aces Minigolf Gloucester Facebook Page for more information, opening times and prices.
Aces Minigolf Gloucester was the 967th course visited overall on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and the 550th played since September 2006.
Labels: Aces Minigolf, Adventure Golf, Dobbies Garden Centre, Garden Centre, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, Minigolf, New course, retail, Retailtainment
Monday, October 09, 2023
The new LEGOLAND Adventure Golf course at LEGOLAND Windsor in Berkshire has opened.
There are four indoor minigolf courses including space, city, medieval, and pirate themes.
Visit the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort website for more information.
Labels: 2023, Adventure Golf, Berkshire, LEGO, Lego Adventure Golf, Legoland, New course, Theme Park, Windsor
Location: Winkfield Rd, Windsor SL4 4AY, UK
There are plans for a new Adventure Golf course in Ombersley, Worcestershire.
The dinosaur-themed course is planned to open at Knott Field Nurseries near Ombersley.
Location: Ombersley, Droitwich WR9, UK
Sunday, October 08, 2023
A look at the Charity Crazy Golf course at Woburn Sands Emporium in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
|Charity Crazy Golf at Woburn Sands Emporium|
We recently found that the Woburn Sands Emporium garden centre was home to a Charity Crazy Golf course, so we had to head along for a game.
|A view of the course from hole 1|
|The scarecrow proprietor|
It's always fun finding a minigolf course we didn't previously know about. And superb when it's a unique layout.
The Crazy Golf course at Woburn Sands Emporium certainly was different, and it was brilliant to play the 7-hole course!
|Emily on hole 5|
|Emily playing the windmill hole 3|
The Charity Crazy Golf at Woburn Sands Emporium was the 1,037th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.
|A combined 1,037 miniature golf courses visited|
|A view of the course from hole 7 (the flag is from when the course had 9 holes)|
In our minigolf match I took the win with a score of 17 to Emily's 18. It had been close for the first six holes, with Emily ahead by one shot. But the final hole was a round wrecker and game killer. Emily played first and shot a 6, while I was able to hit a 4 and take the win.
|Playing hole 6|
Photos of the 7-hole Crazy Golf course at Woburn Sands Emporium (October 2023)
Visit the Woburn Sands Emporium website for more information about the course and the garden centre's charity partners. It's an excellent garden centre with plenty to see and do there.
Labels: 2023, Buckinghamshire, Charity Crazy Golf, Crazy Golf, Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, Garden Centre, Milton Keynes, Miniature Golf, Minigolf, Woburn Sands, Woburn Sands Emporium