Showing posts with label Digbeth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Digbeth. Show all posts

Sunday, November 01, 2020

The Floodgate turns one

Happy birthday to The Floodgate in Digbeth.

The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham opened it's doors a year ago today.

Pit-Pat table golf at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
Pit-Pat table golf at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

It was brilliant to be the first player on the Pit-Pat table golf layout as I'm a big fan of the minigolf and pool crossover game.

You can also play on indoor baseball batting cages and a curling rink at the competitive socialising venue.

Visit The Floodgate website for more information, opening times and prices.

Check out the blog post from my visit to The Floodgate.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Opening The Floodgate

The Floodgate in Digbeth turns one this weekend.

The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham officially opened it's doors a year ago this Sunday.

Pit-Pat table golf at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
Pit-Pat table golf at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

It was nice to be the first player on the Pit-Pat table golf layout on the pre-opening night a year ago today as I'm a big fan of the minigolf and pool crossover game.

You can also play on indoor baseball batting cages and a curling rink at the social sports venue.

Visit The Floodgate website for more information, opening times and prices.

Check out the blog post from my visit to The Floodgate.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

A visit to The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Checking out The Floodgate, a new experiential entertainment venue in Digbeth.


The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Last Wednesday I headed down to Birmingham to check out the new indoor entertainment venue at the Custard Factory in Digbeth.


Bleachers baseball, Pit-Pat table golf and Curl Club curling at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

The Floodgate is home to three activities - indoor baseball batting cages, curling and Pit-Pat table golf.


The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

As a BIG fan of all things minigolf-related my main interest was the Pit-Pat table golf.

Pit-Pat table golf at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat is similar to crazy golf in that you have to play over, up, through and around different obstacles on each of the tables. The main difference though is that you use a cue rather than a club.

Pit-Pat table golf at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

After checking out the baseball cages in the main bar area I walked through a corridor to find the curling rink.

Baseball at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
The baseball batting cage

Curling at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
Curling

A little further down the corridor was a sign for Pit-Pat and then to the left was a doorway into the Pit-Pat course.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

The Pit-Pat layout is split into three, with most of the tables in one large retro graffiti art covered room. The tables have been UV painted and so there's a nice glow-in-the dark look to it.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Table 12 can be found all on its own in a very cool black & white room. The mono look is a very nice contrast to the UV sections.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Tables 13 to 18 then follow, with more graffiti art on the walls and some tricky obstacles including a bridge, ramp & net, pipes and a loop-di-loop to tackle.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

It was brilliant to be the first person to play the UK's first and only indoor UV Pit-Pat Table Golf course. I had five rounds at The Floodgate, scoring 47, 51, 37, 34 and 36. I was very happy with my rounds in the 30s and the 34 was very sweet as I shot four aces.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

I'd previously played Pit-Pat at the UK's only previous course back in 2014. Sadly that course in Littlehampton became a lost course a couple of years ago.

As I was leaving to catch my train back home the Pit-Pat area began to fill up with more players taking to the tables.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
This is a nice obstacle and hole to play into

It was nice to see people enjoying the batting cages and curling too, along with the street food and well stocked bar.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
Table 18

Check out The Floodgate website for more information, opening times and prices.

The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
The Floodgate is housed in this old building built in 1938

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Laser Tag in Birmingham

Spotting a Laser Tag centre in Birmingham.


Laser Tag at Teamworks Karting in Birmingham

On my recent trip to Birmingham I stumbled upon the Laser Tag centre at Teamworks Karting in Digbeth.


Laser Tag at Teamworks Karting in Birmingham

Great to know there's one there. I really need to have another game of laser tag soon.


Check out the Teamworks Karting website for more information.

Laser Tag at Teamworks Karting in Birmingham

Along with my sixth sense in finding minigolf courses I seem to also be able to sniff out a laser tag arena wherever I go.

Friday, November 01, 2019

The Floodgate in Digbeth opens tonight

Good luck to the team at The Floodgate in Birmingham as the venue opens today.


The new entertainment spot is home to the UK's first indoor UV Pit-Pat Table Golf course.


Pit-Pat Table Golf at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
Pit-Pat at The Floodgate

The 18 Pit-Pat tables are set in a graffiti art covered glow-in-the-dark area.



You can also play on the indoor baseball batting cages and a curling rink at the social sports venue.

Visit The Floodgate website for more information, opening times and prices.

Check out my videos from my visit on Wednesday for a taste of the Pit-Pat Table Golf course.



Monday, October 14, 2019

The Floodgate is about to open

A new indoor activity entertainment centre is opening in Digbeth, Birmingham.


The Floodgate social sports and games bar is opening soon in Digbeth and will offer people the chance to play the game of Pit-Pat.


Pit-Pat is similar to minigolf, but is played on elevated tables where you use cues to play the ball, rather than putters.


Pit-Pat crazy snooker in Littlehampton
Playing the only other Pit-Pat course to have previously been in the UK

The Floodgate opens at The Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham on Friday 1st November.

The Pit-Pat layout at The Floodgate will be the UK's first indoor Pit-Pat and the only playable course. Until a few years ago the UK's first and only other Pit-Pat layout was on the seafront at Western Putting on Banjo Road in Littlehampton.

Pit-Pat crazy snooker in Littlehampton
The now sadly closed Western Putting in Littlehampton was home to a Pit-Pat layout, Crazy Golf and a grass Putting course

Pit-Pat crazy snooker in Littlehampton
A view of the UK's first Pit-Pat course

Here's me scoring a two in a crazy way!


Emily scoring a two.


Shooting through a hoop.


I first saw the game of Pit-Pat aka Hindernis Billard while on a minigolfing trip to Austria in March 2010.

Askoe Wien Pit-Pat obstacle billiards in Vienna, Austria
Pit-Pat Hindernis Billard at the Askoe Wien Wasserpark in Austria

Askoe Wien Pit-Pat obstacle billiards in Vienna, Austria
Pit-Pat Hindernis Billard at the Askoe Wien Wasserpark in Austria

Askoe Wien Pit-Pat obstacle billiards in Vienna, Austria
Pit-Pat Hindernis Billard at the Askoe Wien Wasserpark in Austria

As well as Pit-Pat the indoor competitive socialising venue will feature a curling rink and baseball batting cages.

We're looking forward to a Crazy World of Minigolf Tour visit to The Floodgate.

Visit The Floodgate website for more information, opening times and prices.

Check out my other Pit-Pat related blog posts.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Ghetto Golf at the Custard Factory in Birmingham

A revisit to the Ghetto Golf course at the Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham.


Ghetto Golf at the Custard Factory in Birmingham

Over the weekend we revisited the Ghetto Golf course at the Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham. Last year the indoor Crazy Golf course became the 780th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.


Ghetto Golf at the Custard Factory in Birmingham
Ghetto Golf is a Cool Spot to visit

Ghetto Golf at the Custard Factory in Birmingham
Sonic the Hedgehog appears on the final hole (Final Zone?)

Ghetto Golf at the Custard Factory in Birmingham
Super Mario can be found on the course too

Ghetto Golf at the Custard Factory in Birmingham
As can Donkey Kong!

Ghetto Golf at the Custard Factory in Birmingham
The final few holes are all retro videogame related

Ghetto Golf at the Custard Factory in Birmingham
I love this piece of artwork and the use of the wall

Ghetto Golf at the Custard Factory in Birmingham
Hole 1 at Ghetto Golf

Ghetto Golf at the Custard Factory in Birmingham
The last Blockbuster in the UK?

Ghetto Golf at the Custard Factory in Birmingham
A sporting hybrid of tenpin bowling and minigolf

There's also a Ghetto Golf course in Liverpool that we're yet to visit. Check out the Ghetto Golf website for opening times and prices.

Related blog posts:
- Ghetto Golf in Birmingham
- Ghetto Golf in Digbeth, Birmingham
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Birmingham

Friday, November 10, 2017

Ghetto Golf in Birmingham

A visit to the new Ghetto Golf course in Digbeth, Birmingham.

Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf course in Digbeth, Birmingham
Hole 18 of the Ghetto Golf course in Digbeth

While on a recent visit to Birmingham I swung by the new Ghetto Golf course at the Custard Factory in Digbeth.

Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf course in Digbeth, Birmingham
Ghetto Golf's entrance

Unfortunately I didn't have time for a game on the 18-hole indoor Crazy Golf course as I had a train to catch. The course was looking nice and busy during my later afternoon visit.

Some of the holes look amazing - I love the Sonic the Hedgehog loop-di-loop 18th.

Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf course in Digbeth, Birmingham
It looks like Ghetto Golf could be a blockbuster venue

Some of the holes are rather risque!

Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf course in Digbeth, Birmingham
This caption is censored!

I'm looking forward to a game with Emily at Ghetto Golf in Birmingham (and at the Liverpool course).

Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf course in Digbeth, Birmingham
Hole 3 is a bus

Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf course in Digbeth, Birmingham
Yes, an actual bus!
 
Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf course in Digbeth, Birmingham
There's plenty of seating to celebrate your win (or grouch about your loss) at Ghetto Golf

Visit the Ghetto Golf website for more information, opening times and prices.

Ghetto Golf indoor minigolf course in Digbeth, Birmingham
It's always fun seeing Simpsons artwork

On my last trip to Birmingham I had a sneak peak at the indoor Crazy Golf course while it was under construction. It looks like the team at Ghetto Golf have done a marvellous job of converting the old hall at the Custard Factory into the minigolf course!

Related blog posts:
- Ghetto Golf in Digbeth, Birmingham 
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Links:
- Ghetto Golf
- The Custard Factory