Showing posts with label Luton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Luton. Show all posts

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Playing Minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton

A look back at a pop-up crazy golf course in Luton.


Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

We played a pop-up one-day-only minigolf course set-up on the football pitch at Kent Athletic Club in Luton nine years ago today.

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

The layout was the 267th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

Pop-up minigolf at Kent Athletic Club in Luton. August 2020

------------------

Join our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour enewsletter mailing list

Thursday, May 21, 2020

L is for Luton

We took our daily exercise in the Reddish area of Stockport yesterday and swung by Luton Road.

Luton Road in Reddish, Stockport

We lived in Luton for 16 years before moving north to Stockport.

Interestingly both towns are famous in the hat industry and have hat musuems. In fact it was the growth of the hat trade in Luton that contributed to the decline of the hat industry in Stockport. While millinery is not as big a trade in either town nowadays, the history lives on in the nickname of Luton Town and Stockport County football clubs as they are both 'The Hatters'.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Guinness World Record Attempt for the 'Most Brussels Sprouts Eaten in a Minute'

A look back at the 2009 Guinness World Record Attempt for the 'Most Brussels Sprouts Eaten in a Minute'.


I can't believe it's been ten years since I attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the 'Most Brussels Sprouts Eaten in a Minute' at Luton Indoor Market!


Guinness World Record for the 'Most Brussels Sprouts Eaten in a Minute' at Luton Indoor Market
A star studded line-up of talent assembled to take part in the charity record attempt

What an event that was.



Check out the other Guinness World Records I've attempted over the years.

Me and Brad Shepherd with our certificates from the event

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Wacky, Waving, Inflatable, Arm-Flailing, Tube Man in Luton

An airdancer from the archives.


We saw this Wacky, Waving, Inflatable, Arm-Flailing, Tube-man at a funfair in Luton's Wardown Park back in August 2010.

A Wacky, Waving, Inflatable, Arm-Flailing, Tube-man at a funfair in Luton's Wardown Park

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Happy National Mad Hatter Day

Today, 6th October, is National Mad Hatter Day.


Guinness World Record of 'Largest Gathering of People Wearing Boater Hats' in Luton
A lot of hats in Luton

The occurrence reminded me of the time Emily and I helped break the Guinness World Record of 'Largest Gathering of People Wearing Boater Hats' while we lived in Luton back in 2014.


The event was organised by the Museum Makers team and saw 797 people turn out for the record attempt and SMASH the previous record of 250 boater wearers.


Guinness World Record of 'Largest Gathering of People Wearing Boater Hats' in Luton
A pair of mad hatters

Luton is famous for it's hat industry. As is our new home town of Stockport!

Both football clubs are known as The Hatters and both towns have hat musuems.

The similarities don't end there as both towns are also under flight paths. You could call Stockport 'The Luton of the North', or Luton 'The Stockport of the South'. Though I can't imagine anyone would.

In fact it was the growth of the hat trade in Luton that contributed to the decline of the hat industry in Stockport.

Video from the official Guinness World Record attempt for the 'Largest Gathering of People Wearing Boater Hats' held at Wardown Park in Luton on Saturday 16th August 2014.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Retro videogame graffiti in Luton

Spotting some retro videogame graffiti at The Mall Luton.

Retro videogame graffiti at The Mall Luton

Last weekend we revisited our old hometown of Luton and while walking down George Street it was brilliant to see this retro videogame graffiti at The Mall shopping centre. It certainly brightened up the space.

Retro videogame graffiti at The Mall Luton

The mural features a whole host of retro game characters and was created by Demograffix.

Retro videogame graffiti at The Mall Luton

Retro videogame graffiti at The Mall Luton

Retro videogame graffiti at The Mall Luton

Retro videogame graffiti at The Mall Luton

Retro videogame graffiti at The Mall Luton

Retro videogame graffiti at The Mall Luton

Retro videogame graffiti at The Mall Luton
 
Retro videogame graffiti at The Mall Luton

Related blog posts:
- Luton
- Art

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A view of Wardown Park in Luton

A look at an old Crazy Golf location in Luton.

My mate and Lutonian Martin Morrin recently sent me a snap from Luton's Wardown Park showing the site of the old miniature golf courses. There used to be a grass Putting course and a Crazy Golf layout in the park.

Wardown Park in Luton. Photo by Martin Morrin, June 2017
The shed has been replaced with a different wooden structure. The bench is looking a little wonky these days

In 2015 the two courses were removed to make way for a year-long project to monitor how local Luton residents and insects reacted to a variety of new meadows.

Over the years we played the minigolf courses in the park a fair bit. The Crazy Golf course that used to be in Wardown Park was the 18th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour way back on the 5th May 2007. The Grass Putting Miniature Golf layout became the 19th played on the 19th May. Until the meadows were planted minigolf had been played in the park since the 19th June 1934.

Wardown Park Crazy Golf course in Luton
A remnant of hole one of the old Wardown Park Crazy Golf course

It's a shame to see the area isn't being used for anything anymore.

You can see what the courses used to look like in our Crazy Golf in Wardown Park blog post.

Monday, January 09, 2017

The first minigolf course visit of 2017

The first minigolf course visit of 2017 was made by Emily as she spotted a Putting Green on her spa break at Luton Hoo at the weekend.

The Golf Putting Practice Area at Luton Hoo
The Golf Practice Area at Luton Hoo on the 6th January

The course became the 721st visited on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour since September 2006.

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

Link:
- Luton Hoo

Give the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour a Like on Facebook, watch our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter @putting_gott and @Ems_Lems. Please do sign-up to receive our miniature golf newsletter too.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

The end of Felixstowe Pier...and the new one

Taking a look at the building of the new pier in Felixstowe.


Last weekend we visited the seaside town of Felixstowe in Suffolk. It's probably our most visited seaside as we take a trip there pretty much every time we go back to Ipswich to visit friends and family. On this occasion we had a look at the pier as it's undergoing a great deal of redevelopment!

Building work on Felixstowe Pier

Building work on Felixstowe Pier

Building work on Felixstowe Pier

Details of the development work for the new pier at Felixstowe

How the pier looked in January 2015.

Felixstowe Pier in January 2015

The pier entrance building in May 2011.

Felixstowe Pier in May 2011

And in December 2011.

Felixstowe Pier in December 2011

On our visit last year we walked UNDER the pier for the first time and saw this ominous message!

The End is Coming

Under Felixstowe pier

The new pier is scheduled to reopen in August 2017. It'll be interesting to see how it differs to the old one.

Check out our other blog posts about Felixstowe.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Love Luton

More about the Love Luton campaign.

Love Luton was formed in 2010 to lead the City Status bid. While that was unsuccessful the campaign continued into 2012 for celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and hosting the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. The Love Luton campaign is planned to continue through 2016 and beyond.

Some of the Love Luton campaign badges amongst others in my pin collection. I've got a stack of the new round pin to give out on my travels

Emily and I have lived in Luton since we came to study in the town in the year 2000. It's certainly an interesting place. There are plenty of quirks, interesting history and fun to be had here.

You can find the source of the River Lea in Luton. It's not far from where we live in the northern bit of the town called Leagrave

Over the years we've been involved in a lot of events in the town, and we can say we've explored pretty much everything the town has had to offer and are proud to be adopted Lutonians.

The 'Love Luton' branded Arriva bus went past Wardown Park just before the official count at the successful Guinness World Record attempt for the 'Largest Gathering of People Wearing Boater Hats' organised by the town's Museum Makers. I wonder what all the people driving along Old Bedford Road thought of the massed ranks of be-hatted people assembled in the park!

Check out the links below for more on the Love Luton campaign.

Links:
- Love Luton website
- Love Luton on Twitter
- Love Luton on Facebook

Related blog posts:
- Luton
- Luton is still a town
Lutonians break Guinness World Record!

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Workplace Challenge Fancy Dress Dodgeball Tournament in Luton

team BEDS&LUTON - the county sports partnership for Luton and Bedfordshire - is organising a Dodgeball competition in Luton as part of the Workplace Challenge initiative.

The Workplace Challenge Fancy Dress Dodgeball Tournament is taking place on Friday 22nd April from 6.30pm-9.30pm at Putteridge High School in Luton.


Find out more about the tournament on the team BEDS&LUTON website.

Back in 2005 we ran a Dodgeball league with players from around the UK travelling to events in Luton.

As part of the 'Get Back Into...' programme I joined the Luton Dodgeaball Club in 2010, I followed this up with a stint in the Harpenden Dodgeball Club.

Links:
- team BEDS&LUTON
- Workplace Challenge
- UK Dodgeball Association

Related blog posts:
- Dodgeball
- team BEDS&LUTON

Sunday, December 20, 2015

We Sell Xmas Trees

Driving home from work the other evening I had to take a detour through Luton town centre and spotted a sight that brought a smile to my face. I knew I'd have to head back in the daylight to get a snap of me next to it! And so I did.

You can buy Christmas Trees at The Windmill pub on Gypsy Lane in Luton

Looking at my Facebook Year in Review 99.9% of the photos show me next to, on, or inside something ridiculous! Long may it continue.

In a little hut at Brynbuga Castle in Usk

Having a whale of a time in Worthing

On some sort of podium in Nottingham

Celebrating Bedfordshire Day

Another day, another mascot

Related blog posts:
- Airdancer
- Christmas
- Christmas Tree
Wacky Waving Arm-Flailing Inflatable Tube-man