Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
National Miniature Golf Day takes place on the second Saturday in May. In 2021 that is Saturday, 8th May.
Friday, January 01, 2021
Now that 2020 is behind us, here's to 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
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.
Monday, December 21, 2020
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.
Friday, September 11, 2020
A look at Halloween-themed miniature golf courses and events in 2020.
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-GolfHidden 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).
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 travelsWe've seen some nice haunted obstacles and theming on course on our travels.
|A spectretator watches me putt in Warrington|
|A bad putt could be a grave mistake|
|Hole 7 - doesn't look too lucky|
|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|
|Slimer graffiti at Ghetto Golf in Byker, Newcastle|
Halloween last year
|Manchester Monster Invasion: Return of the Monsters was a brilliant trail as part of Halloween in the City|
|I got to see Ecto-1a and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Urmston, Greater Manchester last year too|
Saturday, May 23, 2020
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.
|I'm so glad I went to Urmston last October!|
Monday, May 18, 2020
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.
Visit the Crazy Golf Museum website, Facebook Page & Group, Twitter and Instagram to see more.
Saturday, May 09, 2020
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|
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|
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|
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|
Monday, May 04, 2020
May the fourth be with you.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
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|
This week is National Gardening Week.
A look at 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
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.
|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
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 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.
|Remember social gatherings?|
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
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.
|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.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Today is National Tea Day.
|A tea-themed minigolf hole|
Hole 1 of Putters Adventure Golf at Superbowl Warrington is tea-themed.
|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.
|The tea cups obstacles on hole 1 of the Superbowl minigolf course|
Wednesday, January 01, 2020
Two big minigolf days for your diary.
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|
Miniature Golf Day 2020 will be on Monday 21st September.
|We played the Crazy Golf course at Southport's Botanic Gardens on Miniature Golf Day last year|
Friday, December 20, 2019
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.
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
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Playing darts at The Players' Entrance indoor sports park in Stockport.
|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|
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 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
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.
|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.
|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.