Showing posts with label Felixstowe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Felixstowe. Show all posts

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Hidden in plain sight

It's funny what you see when you look back on your travels.


With my current, new found interest in seeking out old Blockbuster Video stores while there are still traces of them, I checked out if there used to be any in Suffolk ahead of our next visit to see family and friends in the area.

In a normal year we'd have been to Ipswich and Felixstowe a number of times already by now. Felixstowe is probably our most visited seaside of all time, with the minigolf courses in the town our most revisited.

Sadly we've been there a grand total of zero times in 2020.

Looking online Felixstowe was once home to a Blockbuster Video store on Crescent Road.

Strangely I inadvertently blogged about it in 2017! In a way.

When I saw the location of the former store I knew I'd seen it before.

Back in 2017 I was alerted to the fact there was a new American Diner in Felixstowe that served a 98% gluten free menu. Something that intrigued me as it's a strange thing to offer as everyone with Coeliac Disease needs 100% gluten free food!

Looking at that blog post I noticed a remnant of its time as a Blockbuster. Can you see what it is?

Look closely^

Yes, the original Blockbuster Video sign was still in place and the big torn ticket outline is clear to see!

Blockbuster!

It's always interesting to see shadows, ghosts and remnants from a bygone time. Here in Cheadle Hulme you can still see the outline of the old Blockbuster Video logo on what is now a Majestic Wine Warehouse.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Fantasia Adventure Golf on Sea Road in Felixstowe, Suffolk

A look at the Fantasia Adventure Golf course in Felixstowe a year ago.


The course is one of our most visited layouts. We've been there around three times a year for the last 14 years.

Fantasia Adventure Golf on Sea Road in Felixstowe, Suffolk

It's looking likely that we won't be going there at all in 2020.

The 9-hole layout was the 7th course we visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Magical Golf at Manning's Amusements in Felixstowe

A look at the Magical Crazy Golf course at Manning's Amusement Arcade in Felixstowe, Suffolk.


Magical Crazy Golf at Manning's Amusements in Felixstowe

Last Friday we swung by the Magical Crazy Golf course at Manning's Amusements in Felixstowe. It's one of our most visited courses and we've been going there since November 2006.


Magical Crazy Golf at Manning's Amusements in Felixstowe

Back then the indoor Adventure Golf course was known as Golf FX. At that time it was one of only two indoor minigolf courses in the UK.


Magical Crazy Golf at Manning's Amusements in Felixstowe

It's also been known as Magical Golf FX and Harry Putter Crazy Golf. It's currently called Magical Golf.

Magical Crazy Golf at Manning's Amusements in Felixstowe

The course was the fifth visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We've now been to 939 courses.

Magical Crazy Golf at Manning's Amusements in Felixstowe

Visit the Manning's Amusements website for more information.

Magical Crazy Golf at Manning's Amusements in Felixstowe
One of the long minigolf holes at the indoor course

Monday, December 09, 2019

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

A return to the Fantasia Adventure Golf course in Felixstowe.


Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe

The Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe is one of our most visited courses. We've been playing there since November 2006.


Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe
Hole 3

The course was the seventh visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We've now been to 900 courses in the British Isles and 939 overall.


Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe
Hole 4

We visited the course on our return to the seaside town last Friday.

Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe
Hole 1

Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe
Hole 1

Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe
Hole 2

Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe
Hole 2 

Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe
Hole 9

Friday, April 26, 2019

Crazy Golf in Felixstowe

A look at two minigolf courses in Felixstowe, Suffolk.


Fantasia Adventure Golf on Sea Road in Felixstowe
Fantasia Adventure Golf on Sea Road in Felixstowe

While visiting family in East Anglia last weekend we once again had a day out at Felixstowe - our most visited seaside.



Fantasia Adventure Golf on Sea Road in Felixstowe
We've been to Felixstowe a lot in the last 19 years!

While there we also swung by two of the first courses we ever played, which are also the two most visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. The Magical Golf course (formerly Golf FX and Harry Putters) at Mannings Amusements was originally the 5th played on our travels, while the Fantasia Adventure Golf course on the seafront was the 6th played on our tour. We've now visited 865 courses.

Mannings Amusements in Felixstowe
Mannings Amusements in Felixstowe

Magical Golf at Mannings Amusements in Felixstowe
Home to a Magical Golf course

Magical Golf at Mannings Amusements in Felixstowe
The Crazy Golf course at Mannings is an indoor layout 

Fantasia Adventure Golf course in Felixstowe
Hole 1 of the Fantasia Adventure Golf course

Fantasia Adventure Golf course in Felixstowe
Hole 1 of the Fantasia Adventure Golf course
 
Fantasia Adventure Golf course in Felixstowe
Hole 2 of the Fantasia Adventure Golf course

Fantasia Adventure Golf course in Felixstowe
Hole 2 of the Fantasia Adventure Golf course

Fantasia Adventure Golf course in Felixstowe
Hole 3 of the Fantasia Adventure Golf course

Fantasia Adventure Golf course in Felixstowe
Hole 9 of the Fantasia Adventure Golf course

Related blog posts:
- Felixstowe
- Suffolk
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Thursday, January 31, 2019

A return to Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

Playing another round at Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe, Suffolk.


Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

In December we returned to East Anglia to visit family and friends and while in Felixstowe  we swung by our most visited course, Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe. Luckily the weather was really nice and the course was open to play!


Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

My opponents on this occasion would be Karl Moles and his daughter Arabella. Karl, the Suffolk Coastal champion defeated me on the course in our first round way back in May 2011. I'd gained a win back against Karl in our rematch in June 2014 so we were all set for a very competitive round on the 9-hole layout.


Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
Hole 1 at Fantasia Adventure Golf

Karl started with a pair of threes, while I dropped shots picking up a pair of fours - the same scores as the debuting Arabella.

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
Hole 1 can certainly be a puzzler

We all shot a three on the third hole - Twister - before Karl extended his lead with a hole-in-one on hole 4 - Humpy.

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
Karl helping Arabella with a shot on hole 2 - or is it the other way round?

Threes followed on the fifth, fours on the sixth and twos for all on the seventh. Amazingly Arabella, with a little help from her mum Sophia, shot a three on the eighth hole, while Karl and I both hit fours.

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
Arabella with a tricky second shot on hole 2

Richard Gottfried at Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
Holing out for a four on hole 6 - Evil Eye

Threes all round on the ninth hole meant that Karl had won with a round of 26. Arabella (and Sophia) placed second with a 28, while I won the bronze with a score of 29!

Karl Moles at Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
The Champ

The Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe is well worth a visit and is a tricky little layout. A two is as good as an ace on many of the holes.

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

We're looking forward to returning once again. Perhaps the challenge series needs to be best-of-five games...

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

Related blog posts:
- Fantasia Adventure Golf
- Felixstowe
- Karl Moles

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

A look at the Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe.


One of our most visited courses is the Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe. We've been going to the seaside town for many many years and always swing by for a look, and more often than not a game on the 9-hole course.


Fantasia Adventure Golf on Sea Road in Felixstowe. May 2018
Hole 1 of the course in May 2018

On our recent visit we noticed the felt and signage have recently been replaced and the layout was looking in very good condition. The weather was nice on our Bank Holiday weekend visit and on our return stroll along the prom in the early afternoon the course was proving very popular.

Fantasia Adventure Golf on Sea Road in Felixstowe. May 2018

Fantasia Adventure Golf on Sea Road in Felixstowe. May 2018

Fantasia Adventure Golf on Sea Road in Felixstowe. May 2018

Fantasia Adventure Golf on Sea Road in Felixstowe. May 2018

The last time we were there it was snowing!

You can see what it looked like before the new felt was laid in this blog post from 2016.

The course was the 7th visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. We've now been to 821 courses!

Related blog posts:
- Felixstowe
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Friday, December 15, 2017

Car park fireplace

It's not every day you pull into a hotel car park and find it's got its own fireplace. But that happened to us on our visit to Felixstowe last week!

An outdoor car park fireplace in Felixstowe - the last remnant of the Ordnance Hotel in the seaside resort
An outdoor fireplace. Quite a novelty

An outdoor car park fireplace in Felixstowe - the last remnant of the Ordnance Hotel in the seaside resort
It was a very cold day when we left the seaside town

The Premier Inn on Undercliffe Road West in Felixstowe was built on the site of the Ordnance Hotel - previously the seaside resort's oldest hotel.

An outdoor car park fireplace in Felixstowe - the last remnant of the Ordnance Hotel in the seaside resort
A real fire would've been quite welcome

Related blog posts:
- Felixstowe
- Abandoned
- Derelict
- Car park
- Hotel

Monday, December 11, 2017

Adventure Golf on Sea Road in Felixstowe

One of our most visited minigolf courses is the Fantasia Adventure Golf course on Sea Road in Felixstowe. We never fail to swing by to look at the layout - even if it's out of season. It was definitely unplayable in the snowy weather conditions we faced in the seaside town yesterday.

A snowy Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe
A snowy Fantasia Adventure Golf in Felixstowe

Here's a blog post about the course from a better day in 2016.

The 9-hole course was the 7th we ever played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour way back in 2007!

Related blog posts:
- Felixstowe
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

98% gluten free

If something is 98% gluten free it's 100% useless to me.

The American Diner in Felixstowe is 98% gluten free
What a peculiar percentage to opt for, I wonder who their target market is?

Sadly there are very few 100% gluten free places for Coeliac diners. Cross-contamination with gluten containing food means that even 99% gluten free places are a big risk for people with Coeliac Disease.

The American Diner in Felixstowe is 98% gluten free
I've just noticed there's also a "98% GF" sticker on the door too

Thanks to Jo Tubby for the tip-off about the sign.