Showing posts with label Event. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Event. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Miniature Golf Day 2021

Miniature Golf Day is always on the 21st September. This year that will be a Tuesday.

Miniature Golf Day is always on the 21st September

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

National Miniature Golf Day 2021

National Miniature Golf Day takes place on the second Saturday in May. In 2021 that is Saturday, 8th May.

National Miniature Golf Day takes place on the second Saturday in May

Friday, January 01, 2021

Here's to 2021 - dates for your diary

Now that 2020 is behind us, here's to 2021.


2021

National Miniature Golf Day 2021

  • National Miniature Golf Day takes place on the second Saturday in May. In 2021 that is Saturday, 8th May.

Miniature Golf Day 2021

  • Miniature Golf Day is always on the 21st September. This year that will be a Tuesday.

We wish you all the very best for the year ahead.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Miniature Golf Day 2021

Date for your diary - Miniature Golf Day 2021.

Miniature Golf Day always takes place on the 21st September. Next year that will be a Tuesday.

Miniature Golf Day 2021

Monday, December 21, 2020

National Miniature Golf Day 2021

Date for your diary - National Miniature Golf Day 2021.

National Miniature Golf Day is always on the second Saturday in May. In 2021 that will be on Saturday, 8th May.

National Miniature Golf Day 2021

Friday, September 11, 2020

Halloween Minigolf

A look at Halloween-themed miniature golf courses and events in 2020.


A pumpkin golf ball from UrbanCrazy

I'm a big fan of Halloween and always looking out for themed events and activities in the run-up to the scary season. It'll certainly be an interesting one this year for sure!

Haunted Mini-Golf

Hidden Oaks Family Fun Center in East Liverpool, Ohio, USA is running The Hidden Haunted Trail & Mini-Golf this year, with the Haunted Mini-Golf teeing-off today (Friday 11th September).


If you know of any Halloween-themed minigolf courses or events please get in touch via the comments below.

Check out my other Halloween-related blog posts.


Last year our friends Tom and Robin over at A Couple of Putts shared their favourite scary miniature golf holes and obstacles on social media during October using the hashtag #Puttober.

Our friend Pat at The Putting Penguin is also a big fan of Halloween and themed minigolf.

Scary minigolf from our travels

We've seen some nice haunted obstacles and theming on course on our travels.

The Haunted House section of Putters Adventure Golf at Superbowl Warrington in Cheshire
A spectretator watches me putt in Warrington

The Haunted House section of Putters Adventure Golf at Superbowl Warrington in Cheshire
A bad putt could be a grave mistake

The Haunted House section of Putters Adventure Golf at Superbowl Warrington in Cheshire
Hole 7 - doesn't look too lucky

The Haunted House section of Putters Adventure Golf at Superbowl Warrington in Cheshire
Scary!

Emily playing The Smuggler's Jail hole on the Smugglers Bay Adventure Golf course at Stonham Barns in Suffolk
Emily playing The Smuggler's Jail hole on the Smugglers Bay Adventure Golf course at Stonham Barns in Suffolk

Rest in Peace on hole 14 at Teezers Retro Golf in Coventry
Rest in Peace on hole 14 at Teezers Retro Golf in Coventry

Slimer graffiti at Ghetto Golf in Newcastle
Slimer graffiti at Ghetto Golf in Byker, Newcastle

Halloween last year

It was a different time last year and there were some excellent Halloween events taking place.

Manchester Monster Invasion: Return of the Monsters
Manchester Monster Invasion: Return of the Monsters was a brilliant trail as part of Halloween in the City 

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Urmston
I got to see Ecto-1a and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Urmston, Greater Manchester last year too

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Merseyway Comic Con in Stockport

There should've been a comic con at the Merseyway shopping centre in Stockport today.

Another casualty of the coronavirus.

Here's a snap of me on a Star Wars speeder bike at the Merseyway's first comic con last September.

Having fun in Stockport last year

Hopefully there'll be a return of retailtainment events in the future.

There was going to be a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man at the Merseyway comic con.

Ecto-1a and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters were on display at the Eden Square Shopping Centre in Urmston, Greater Manchester last Halloween
I'm so glad I went to Urmston last October!

Monday, May 18, 2020

Happy International Museum Day

Today is International Museum Day 2020.


International Museum Day is organised by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and has been held each year since 1977.

The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness about the fact that “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”

The Crazy Golf Museum


The Crazy Golf Museum is celebrating it's tenth year in 2020. The worldwide archive of miniature golf memories, histories and ephemera opened it's online doors to the world on the 15th July 2010.

The Crazy Golf Museum

Visit the Crazy Golf Museum website, Facebook Page & GroupTwitter and Instagram to see more.

Saturday, May 09, 2020

Happy National Miniature Golf Day

Today is National Miniature Golf Day.


It's certainly a different one to normal.

Playing the Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Skegness on National Miniature Golf Day during a minigolf weekender in 2015
Playing the Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Skegness on National Miniature Golf Day during a minigolf weekender in 2015

Are you Putting at Home to celebrate?

Emily playing the Stoke Park Minigolf course in Guildford during the Report from the Surrey Invitational Minigolf Tournament on National Miniature Golf Day 2016
Emily playing the Stoke Park Minigolf course in Guildford during the Report from the Surrey Invitational Minigolf Tournament on National Miniature Golf Day 2016

However you're marking the occasion stay safe and be well.

Playing the Championship Adventure Golf course in New Brighton on National Miniature Golf Day 2017
Playing the Championship Adventure Golf course in New Brighton on National Miniature Golf Day 2017

Two days to celebrate



There are two 'official' days each year to celebrate Miniature Golf. The first of these is National Miniature Golf Day and falls on the second Saturday in May. The second of these is Miniature Golf Day and is always on the 21st of September.

Playing the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course in Aberavon, Port Talbot on National Miniature Golf Day last year
Playing the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course in Aberavon, Port Talbot on National Miniature Golf Day last year

Monday, May 04, 2020

Happy Star Wars Day

May the fourth be with you.


Happy Star Wars Day
A selection of Star Wars characters and gimmicks I've seen on my travels - clockwise from top left at the Merseyway Comic Con in Stockport, at Collectorabilia in Leeds, at Stockport Comic Con, at Milton Keynes Outdoor Market, at Dunstable's Party in the Park, in an action figure box at John Lewis in the Trafford Centre, on a speeder bike at the Merseyway Comic Con, in a games shop in Norwich, on the planet moon of Endor at Warrington's Geeky Christmas Market 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

It's National Gardening Week

Happy National Gardening Week.


To mark the occasion here's a look at a garden minigolf course in East Finchley, London.

The innovative back garden minigolf course was created by the team at UrbanCrazy

Happy National Gardening Week

This week is National Gardening Week.


A look at garden centre minigolf courses.

Garden centre minigolf courses
A look at some of the garden centre minigolf courses we've played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

When lockdown is lifted and minigolf courses reopen there are some really good layouts to check out at garden centres.




Monday, April 27, 2020

InterFun Expo 2021

A look ahead to next year's InterFun Expo.



With the coronavirus pandemic affecting all areas of daily life and businesses around the world, the team at the InterFun Expo have moved the event to April 2021.


InterFun Expo is open to anyone in the business of providing fun activities for families and friends. The event has a wide-range of trade exhibitors and expert speakers from the industry including family entertainment centres, arcade games, aerial adventures, minigolf, VR, tenpin bowling, interactive surfaces, edutainment, laser tag, table games and more a lot more.


I'm really looking forward to attending and speaking about minigolf and competitive socialising at the InterFun Expo next year.

Richard Gottfried will be speaking at the InterFun Expo 2021
I was due to be speaking at the event this week. I can't wait for the 2021 event

The InterFun Expo takes place at New Dock Hall in the Royal Armouries complex in Leeds on the 27th and 28th April 2021.

You can find out more and register for your free ticket on the InterFun Expo website.


You can read my blog about keeping active, social and competitive in the new world of physical distancing at 'Competitive socialising in isolation'.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Happy National Picnic Day

Today is National Picnic Day.


To mark the occasion I might eat a miniature Scotch Egg in the garden washed down with a glass of fizzy orange before getting stang off of a bee and then going indoors.


Back in May 2009 Emily and I actually helped set a Guinness World Record for the Largest Picnic ever in the UK. Over 8,300 people took park in that effort.


The Largest Picnic Ever was held in Luton

The previous holder of the Guinness World Record for "The Largest Picnic across multiple venues" was Tenerife, Spain which set the record with 8,000 picnickers in 1999.

Looking at other picnicking records the Largest Picnic ever was held in June 2009 when 22,232 people gathered in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Largest Picnic Ever was held in Luton
Remember social gatherings?

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

National Miniature Golf Day 2020 - Saturday 9th May

National Miniature Golf Day 2020 will be on Saturday 9th May.


I played the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course in Aberavon, Port Talbot, Wales on National Miniature Golf Day last year.

Pirate Cove Adventure Golf in Aberavon, Port Talbot
Playing the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course in Aberavon, Port Talbot

I was runner-up in the 2019 National Miniature Golf Day tournament, and the next day's Welsh Doubles Championship.

I guess we'll be minigolfing indoors at home, or in the garden this year.

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Miniature Golf Day 2020 will be on Monday 21st September.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Happy National Tea Day

Today is National Tea Day.


Putters Adventure Golf at Superbowl Warrington
A tea-themed minigolf hole

Hole 1 of Putters Adventure Golf at Superbowl Warrington is tea-themed.

Putters Adventure Golf at Superbowl Warrington
Teeing-off on hole 1 of the tea cups hole

2020's National Tea Day is the fifth edition of the event.

For more info visit the National Tea Day website.

Putters Adventure Golf at Superbowl Warrington
The tea cups obstacles on hole 1 of the Superbowl minigolf course

National Tea Day supports Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity.

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Minigolf Days in 2020

Two big minigolf days for your diary.


National Miniature Golf Day 2020 will be on Saturday 9th May.

Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course in Aberavon, Port Talbot, Wales
I played the Pirate Cove Adventure Golf course in Aberavon, Port Talbot, Wales on National Miniature Golf Day last year

Miniature Golf Day 2020 will be on Monday 21st September.

Crazy Golf course at Southport's Botanic Gardens
We played the Crazy Golf course at Southport's Botanic Gardens on Miniature Golf Day last year

Friday, December 20, 2019

Happy Underdog Day

Happy Underdog Day 2019.


Today is Underdog Day.


Happy National Underdog Day to ham and eggers, journeymen, jobbers, local competitors, enhancement talent, jabronis, wildcards, second placers, also-rans, palookas, runners-up, Mr Nobodies, silver medalists, and Average Joes everywhere.


Ham and Egger Sign at Sam's Diner in Denver 2009

The third Friday in December is the day to celebrate and honour unsung heroes, the second best among us and life’s runners-up. Not to forget those people that have made a name for themselves against the odds.

Related blog posts:
Underdog Day
- National Underdog Day
Dull Men's Club
Day

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Darts at The Players' Entrance in Stockport

Playing darts at The Players' Entrance indoor sports park in Stockport.



Darts at The Players' Entrance in Stockport's Merseyway shopping centre
Darts at The Player's Entrance in Stockport

Earlier today I called in to The Players' Entrance in Stockport's Merseyway shopping centre as the venue was hosting a special darts event.


Stockport darts superstar Nathan 'The Asp' Aspinall is competing in the PDC World Championships this month and the event saw the launch of a new partnership with the Stockport Disability Darts League and a link up with The Players' Entrance and Stockport schools.


The Stockport Disability Darts League set-up at The Players' Entrance
The Stockport Disability Darts League set-up at The Players' Entrance

Nathan Aspinall is ranked number 12 in the world and is the 2019 UK Open champion, the 2019 US Darts Masters champion and was a semi-finalist in the 2019 PDC World Championships.

It was brilliant to meet Nathan and I had the chance to play against him in two games on one of the electronic soft-tip dartboards.

Nathan 'The Asp' Aspinall and Richard Gottfried at The Players' Entrance at the Merseyway shopping centre in Stockport
Nathan 'The Asp' Aspinall and me after our two games of darts. Guess who won?

The Playerss Entrance now has a disability darts area with dartboards and oche set-up so that players of any ability can compete against each other. The backing board has two dartboards - one for standing players and one for those seated - that can be quickly flipped after each player's throw.

I'm a big fan of both playing and watching darts. It's an inclusive game and can be picked up and played easily.

Visit The Players' Entrance website for more info, opening times and prices for the sports and games on offer.

Check out Stockport Disability Darts League for more information.

Visit Nathan 'The Asp' Aspinall's official Facebook Page too.

Monday, December 02, 2019

Seeing in 2020...

What do you do to see in the New Year?


Do you stay in on New Year's Eve or do you see it as a great excuse to get out for the night?


Last New Year's we took advantage of the superb all-in deal at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester and saw in the New Year playing Crazy Golf and American Pool.


Crazy Golf at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester
Emily taking one of her last putts of 2018 at Roxy Ball Room in Manchester

The best deal I've seen so far for this year is at Caddies Crazy Golf in Southend-on-Sea. Check out the Caddies website for more info on the unlimited crazy golf party deal.

Caddies Crazy Golf in Southend-on-Sea. Photo by Claire Bayley
We haven't made it to Caddies yet. The venue opened up just after our last visit to the seaside town. My cousin's who live in Southend have played there and really enjoyed it

If I lived in Southend I'd be having a Putt there to see in 2020.