Showing posts with label Great Yarmouth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Great Yarmouth. Show all posts

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Castaway Island Mini Golf in Great Yarmouth

A look at the Castaway Island Mini Golf course in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


Castaway Island Mini Golf in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2020

My brother and Charter Member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour has sent over some photos of the Castaway Island Mini Golf course in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Castaway Island Mini Golf in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2020
Social distancing measures at the entrance/exit to the course

Castaway Island Mini Golf in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2020

Castaway Island Mini Golf in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2020

Castaway Island Mini Golf in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2020
The anchor has been there since it was an Arnold Palmer Putting Course

Castaway Island Mini Golf replaced the 9-hole and 18-hole Arnold Palmer Putting courses on the promenade. We visited in July 2016 and the course became the 693rd on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Great Yarmouth, June 2007
At the Arnold Palmer Putting Course on the site in June 2007

Castaway Island Mini Golf in Great Yarmouth in July 2016
How Castaway Island Mini Golf looked in July 2016

The Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Christopher and his family have visited 37 courses on their branch of the tour, 26 of those have been unique to them. Emily and I have visited 956 courses on the main tour.

Christopher has been to six courses in 2020. He revisited the indoor adventure golf course at The Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth too.

Indoor adventure golf course at The Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth. Photo by Christopher Gottfried, October 2020

We've been to a total of 46 courses in 2020, with 15 of those being new courses visited. We've swung by eight new courses in the time of coronavirus.

We've got 40 of the original 600 we set out to visit left and a lot of new courses to play at too!

Together we've been to 982 courses since the 30th September 2006.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Louis Tussauds House of Wax in Great Yarmouth

A look back at Louis Tussauds House of Wax in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


Louis Tussauds House of Wax in Great Yarmouth

In all of my travels around the UK one of my biggest regrets is that I never visited Louis Tussauds House of Wax in Great Yarmouth.

Louis Tussauds House of Wax in Great Yarmouth
The closest I ever got to going inside

It was the World's Worst Wax Museum!

Louis Tussauds House of Wax in Great Yarmouth
Look at those star attractions. Bear in mind this photo was taken in June 2011

We've been to the Norfolk seaside resort a number of times over the years but either ran out of time to go in, or found it to be closed or out-of-season.

Louis Tussauds House of Wax in Great Yarmouth

Sadly Louis Tussauds House of Wax permanently closed in 2012.

Did you ever visit? I'd love to know if it really was as bad as people say.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Identifying the stars of The Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth

A look at the stars of The Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


We replayed the Crazy Golf course at The Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth back in 2011.

Crazy Golf at The Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth
Grazy Golf!

One of the holes added since our first play of the course in 2007 was the Stars of the Windmill hole, which features a Wall of Fame showing all the stars that at one time or another performed at the Windmill Theatre.

Stars of The Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth

Crazy Golf at The Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth
How many stars can you identify?

Stars of The Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth
Here are the answers

The Crazy Golf course at The Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth was one of the first indoor minigolf courses to open in the UK.

Outside the course in 2011

A sign that was once true. The number of indoor minigolf courses has boomed in the last decade. When we first visited The Windmill Theatre course in 2007 there was one other indoor minigolf course in the UK. That one is also still there and can be found at Manning's Amusements in Felixstowe, Suffolk  

Visit The Windmill Theatre Adventure Golf's Facebook Page for more information.


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Sunday, August 09, 2020

Stars of The Windmill Theatre

How many stars can you name?


Stars of The Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth

Spotted at The Windmill Theatre Crazy Golf course in Great Yarmouth back in 2011.

The Crazy Golf course at The Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth was one of the first indoor minigolf courses to open in the UK.

Link:
- Windmill Theatre Adventure Golf
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Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Arnold Palmer Putting Courses in Great Yarmouth

A look at the lost Arnold Palmer Putting Courses in Great Yarmouth.


On our last visit to Great Yarmouth in Norfolk back in July 2016 we swung by Castaway Island Mini Golf.


Castaway Island Mini Golf in Great Yarmouth
The entrance to Castaway Island Mini Golf

The new course replaced the 9-hole and 18-hole Arnold Palmer Putting courses on the promenade.


Hole 1 of the Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Great Yarmouth
Hole 1 of the 18-hole Arnold Palmer Putting Course

Those old courses were the 22nd and 23rd courses played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in June 2007.

We're looking forward to our next visit to the seaside resort. It'll be brilliant to be back to see what's changed and what's stayed the same.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

What a Clown Car!

Looking through my photo archives I spotted this snap of a crazy clown car I saw in Great Yarmouth on my last visit to the seaside resort.

A wacky clown car advertising the circus in Great Yarmouth

I'm looking forward to heading back to Great Yarmouth in the future. It'll be interesting to see what's new in the town.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Putting Green in Gorleston-on-Sea

A look back at Gorleston Putting Green in Norfolk.


Putting Green in Gorleston-on-Sea

Back in May 2009 we visited Gorleston-on-Sea in Norfolk for the first time and swung by the Putting Green on the seafront.


Putting Green in Gorleston-on-Sea
It was late in the day when we arrived at the course

When we returned to the seaside town in June 2010 we were able to play the nearby Pops Meadow Putting Green but didn't have time to revisit the Putting Green.


There was also a sign for the Bure Park Pitch & Putt at the Putting Green. That's a course we've got to check out the next time we're in the area.

Bure Park Pitch & Putt in Great Yarmouth

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Mini Golf at the Haven Wild Duck Holiday Park

A look at the Mini Golf course at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


Mini Golf at the Haven Wild Duck Holiday Park in Norfolk. Photo by Karl Moles, June 2019

Many thanks to our friends Karl and Sophia Moles for sending over some snaps of the Mini Golf course they spotted while on holiday at Haven's Wild Duck Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.


Mini Golf at the Haven Wild Duck Holiday Park in Norfolk. Photo by Karl Moles, June 2019
A view of the course

Mini Golf at the Haven Wild Duck Holiday Park in Norfolk. Photo by Karl Moles, June 2019
The rules

Mini Golf at the Haven Wild Duck Holiday Park in Norfolk. Photo by Karl Moles, June 2019
A train obstacle - the course was made by DK Fibreglass, I guess this obstacle dates from 1985

Mini Golf at the Haven Wild Duck Holiday Park in Norfolk. Photo by Karl Moles, June 2019
A look at the course

Karl and Sophia have been to quite a few different holiday camps with their children Fiorella and Arabella and have sent over minigolf snaps from trips to Haven's Caister-on-Sea Holiday ParkPontins PakefieldAllhallows Leisure Holiday Park, as well as the Crazy Golf course at Suffolk Leisure Park in Ipswich and Minigolf Sport Club Sanremo in Arma, Italy.

Links:
Haven Wild Duck Holiday Park
- DK Fibreglass

Related blog posts:
- Haven
- Great Yarmouth
- Norfolk
- Holiday Camp
- Karl Moles
- Sophia Moles
- Arnold Palmer Crazy Golf at Haven's Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park
- Adventure Golf at Pontins Pakefield
- Mini Golf at Allhallows Leisure Holiday Park
- Crazy Golf at the Haven Golden Sands Caravan Holiday Park in Mablethorpe
- Haven's Thorpe Park Adventure Golf course in Cleethorpes

Sunday, June 23, 2019

The Simpsons Dodgems in Great Yarmouth

The Homer with no nose we saw in Great Yarmouth wasn't the only sighting of The Simpsons back in the summer of 2016. We also spotted the family on the dodgems.

The Simpsons Dodgems in Great Yarmouth

Thursday, June 20, 2019

'Homer Simpson' in Great Yarmouth

The chalkboard image of Homer Simpson that Emily spotted in Chicago reminded me of this 'Homer Simpson' we spotted in Great Yarmouth back in July 2016.

'Homer Simpson' in Great Yarmouth
Where's Homer's nose?

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Crazy Golf at the Pleasure Gardens in Great Yarmouth

A look at the Crazy Golf course at Nelson Gardens in Great Yarmouth back in 1980.


I recently bought 50 more postcards for my collection of minigolf cards and among them was this nice old postcard showing the Crazy Golf course at Nelson Gardens in Great Yarmouth.

Nelson Gardens Great Yarmouth postcard. A Sapphire Card. Postally used 23 July 1980
Nelson Gardens Great Yarmouth postcard. A Sapphire Card. Postally used on 23 July 1980

We visited and played the course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back on the 9th June 2007. The course was the 25th we played.

Crazy Golf at the Pleasure Gardens in Great Yarmouth

Unfortunately at the start of the 2008 summer season the 11-hole minigolf course was changed from a Safari Golf to a Segway Grand Prix!

Crazy Golf at the Pleasure Gardens in Great Yarmouth

The Pleasure Beach is still home to a 12-hole Adventure Golf course.

Visit the Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach website for more info.

Related blog posts:
- Postcards
- Great Yarmouth

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Minigolf in Norfolk

Details of miniature golf, crazy golf and adventure golf courses in Norfolk.


We've been visiting Norfolk for a number of years and Great Yarmouth was one of the first seaside resorts we went to on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back in February 2007. Unfortunately on that occasion all of the courses there were closed for the season! We've since been back to the resort and other parts of the county and had some great rounds of minigolf.

Crazy Golf course at Pops Meadow in Gorleston on Sea
The Crazy Golf course at Pops Meadow in Gorleston on Sea became the 100th course visited when we swung by on the 10th May 2009

As of today we've visited 749 courses since September 2006. Of these 721 have been in the UK, with 28 overseas in eleven countries. There are approximately 40 courses in Norfolk and we have visited 32 courses of these so far. Twelve were closed / out of season at the time of our visit. Over the years we have visited eight courses in Great Yarmouth - some of which are no longer there.

Adventure Island Golf Course in Mundesley
At the Adventure Island Golf Course in Mundesley
  
With a Humpty at Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth
With a Humpty at Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth

Crazy Golf course at Eaton Park in Norwich
Playing Crazy Golf at Eaton Park in Norwich

Playing one of the partially outdoors holes at the indoor Crazy Golf course found within the old Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth
Playing one of the partially outdoors holes at the indoor Crazy Golf course found within the old Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth

At Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby
At Lost World Adventure Golf in Hemsby

Cromer Putting Green
Putting in Cromer

Crazy Golf course in Hunstanton
Playing Crazy Golf in Hunstanton

Courses played since our first visit to Norfolk in 2007:

  • Cromer (Cromer Putting) - Putting Green
  • Gorleston-on-Sea (Pop's Meadow Putting Green) - Minigolf
  • Great Yarmouth (Hollywood Adventure Golf, Windmill Theatre) - Indoor Adventure Golf
  • Great Yarmouth (Merrivale Model Village) - Crazy Golf
  • Great Yarmouth (Pirates Cove) - Adventure Golf
  • Great Yarmouth (Pleasure Beach) - Adventure Golf
  • Hemsby - Lost World Adventure Golf
  • Hemsby (Stonehenge) - BIG Mini Golf
  • Hoveton/Wroxham (Wroxham Barns) - Adventure Golf
  • Hunstanton (Blackbeard's Adventure Golf) - Adventure Golf (Aztec Course)
  • Hunstanton (Blackbeard's Adventure Golf) - Adventure Golf (Pirate Course)
  • Hunstanton (Vegas Amusement Arcade) - Crazy Golf
  • Hunstanton (Victorian Pavilion) - Crazy Golf
  • Hunstanton (Victorian Pavilion) - Putting
  • Mundesley (Adventure Island Golf) - Adventure Golf
  • Norwich (Eaton Park) - Crazy Golf
  • Sutton Staithe, near Stalham (Sutton Staithe Hotel) - Miniature Golf


Courses visited but not played:

  • Clippesby Touring Park in Norfolk - Minigolf
  • Cromer (Cromer Putting) - Putting Green
  • Cromer (North Lodge Park) - Putting
  • Cromer (The Meadow) - Pitch & Putt
  • Fritton (Caldecott Hall Leisure Complex) - Crazy Golf had been removed 
  • Fritton (Caldecott Hall Leisure Complex) - Putting Green
  • Gorleston-on-Sea (Bure Park) - Pitch & Putt/Minigolf
  • Great Yarmouth (Castaway Island Mini Golf) - Adventure Golf - formerly two Arnold Palmer Putting courses
  • Norwich (Eaton Park) - Putting Green
  • Norwich (Norwich Family Golf Centre) - Congo Rapids Adventure Golf
  • Norwich (Norwich Family Golf Centre) - Putting Green
  • Sheringham - Putting Green


Arnold Palmer Putting Course in Great Yarmouth
Sadly the 9-hole and 18-hole Arnold Palmer Putting Courses are no longer in their original form in Great Yarmouth

Courses we've played but have since closed:

  • Great Yarmouth (Arnold Palmer) - Minigolf 9-hole - replaced by Castaway Island Mini Golf
  • Great Yarmouth (Arnold Palmer) - Minigolf 18-hole - replaced by Castaway Island Mini Golf
  • Great Yarmouth (Jungle Golf at the Gardens) - Crazy Golf - turned into a Segway Grand Prix track in 2009


Courses still to visit in Norfolk:

  • Abraham's Bosom, Wells-next-the-Sea
  • Banham Zoo
  • Bawburgh Golf Club, Norwich
  • Caister Holiday Park, Caister-on-Sea
  • Cherry Tree Holiday Park, Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth
  • Kings Head Pub, North Lopham
  • Pirates Adventure Golf at Norfolk Premier Golf in Blofield
  • Waveney Valley Holiday Village, Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth


If you know of any other courses we've missed off the list above, or hear about new courses opening do get in touch or leave a comment on this post.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Castaway Island Mini Golf in Great Yarmouth

On Friday 15th July we were in Great Yarmouth for the first time in a few years and got to have a look at the new Castaway Island Mini Golf course that replaced the 9-hole and 18-hole Arnold Palmer Putting courses on the promenade.






The two courses that used to be on the site were the 22nd and 23rd courses played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour back in June 2007.

The old anchor is still part of the new course

The new Castaway Island Mini Golf course became the 693rd visited on our travels since September 2006.

Related blog posts:
- Great Yarmouth
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Monorail, Monorail, Monorail

Riding the rail at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach.

The home straight of the monorail at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach

On our recent trip to Great Yarmouth I had a very pleasure surprise and a real treat as I got to ride a monorail!



I'm a big fan of monorails and the one at the Pleasure Beach in Great Yarmouth is one of the few examples still operating in the UK.

At the Mono thingy

The pair of us on the monorail

The Pleasure Beach monorail crosses over the roller coaster track

And actually cuts through the middle of it

Into some sort of monorail wash!
 
The Pleasure Beach Monorail gets the thumbs up from me

I've got great memories of riding the monorail at Butlin's Minehead back in the 1980's and 90's. We also played the Pirate Flyer Laser Shooting Monorail ride at Coral Island in Blackpool a few years ago.

Links:
- Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach website

Video:
- Monorail in Great Yarmouth

Related blog posts:
- Monorail
- The Pirate Flyer - Laser game monorail at Coral Island in Blackpool
- Great Yarmouth

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