Showing posts with label Oxfordshire. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Oxfordshire. Show all posts

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Social distancing signs in Abingdon's Market Place

I've been documenting the Covid-19 social distancing signs I've seen during the coronavirus pandemic here and on my Instagram.

The ones in my home town's Market Place are nice and clear. They also include the Abingdon-on-Thames town crest which I think is a nice touch.

Social distancing sign in Abingdon's Market Place

The Market Place is famous as the location for Bun Throwing and the starting point for the Michaelmas Fair. Both events normally see thousands of people pack in or pass through to be a part of the occasions.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Minigolfing in Oxford's Parks

A look back at three minigolf courses in Oxford's Parks.


Mini Golf in Bury Knowle Park, Headington

On this day in 2009 we played three Swedish Felt Mini Golf courses in Oxford.


Mini Golf in Bury Knowle Park, Headington

We first visited the three Swedish Felt type minigolf courses in my home city on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in December 2008. We got to play them on the 13th August 2009 at the start of a nine-day road-trip that took us around the coast of Wales. Back then you could find layouts in Bury Knowle Park in Headington, Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park and Florence Park in Cowley.

Mini Golf in Bury Knowle Park, Headington.


Mini Golf in Bury Knowle Park, Headington
Emily playing the first of many crazy golf holes we played on the holiday

Mini Golf in Bury Knowle Park, Headington
This Swedish Felt Mini Golf was called Crazy Golf...

Mini Golf in Bury Knowle Park, Headington
...and Putting!

Mini Golf in Bury Knowle Park, Headington
A lesser spotted type of rules sign

Mini Golf in Bury Knowle Park, Headington
Spectating

Mini Golf in Bury Knowle Park, Headington
Swedish Felt Mini Golf courses contain some tricky optical illusion obstacles

Mini Golf in Bury Knowle Park, Headington
Here's another lane that requires precision

Mini Golf at Florence Park in Cowley.



Mini Golf at Florence Park in Cowley
Teeing-off on the second of three courses in Oxford

Mini Golf at Florence Park in Cowley
Emily playing a very tricky obstacle

Mini Golf at Florence Park in Cowley
A nice line

Mini Golf at Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park in Oxford.


Mini Golf at Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park in Oxford
At the third Swedish Felt Mini Golf course in the third park

Mini Golf at Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park in Oxford
Another long, straight shot required



Mini Golf at Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park in Oxford
And another!

Mini Golf at Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park in Oxford
An uphill dog-leg lane

Mini Golf in Oxford

Sadly the Florence Park Minigolf course was removed in March this year.

Mini Golf at Florence Park in Oxford

The course at Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park is now Crazy Croc's Mini Golf.

Mini Golf at Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park in Oxford

As far as I'm aware the course at Bury Knowle Park in Headington is still there.

Mini Golf in Bury Knowle Park, Headington

Other places to play minigolf in Oxford include Gravitee Adventure Golf at the Ozone Leisure Park and Junkyard Golf venue in the Westgate Centre.

Earlier this year I found out there's also a minigolf course at the Fulbrook Centre at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Adventure Golf at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney, Oxfordshire

A look at the Adventure Golf course at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney, Oxfordshire.


Adventure Golf at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney, Oxfordshire

We visited the layout in May last year.

It was the 869th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Spotting a minigolf course in Oxford

Finding a minigolf course at the Fulbrook Centre at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford.


Many thanks to my friend Matt Roebuck for sending over some photos of a minigolf course he spotted on his daily lockdown exercise over the weekend.


Minigolf course at the Fulbrook Centre at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. Photo by Matt Roebuck, April 2020
I didn't recognise the course location when Matt sent me the photo

It's amazing what you see on your doorstep and find out doing a spot of urban exploration.



Minigolf course at the Fulbrook Centre at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. Photo by Matt Roebuck, April 2020
The path passing by the course

Minigolf course at the Fulbrook Centre at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. Photo by Matt Roebuck, April 2020
What a thing to spot while having a wander!

Minigolf course at the Fulbrook Centre at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. Photo by Matt Roebuck, April 2020
A look at the Crazy Golf course

Oxford's my home city and I never knew this particular course existed!

Back in 2011 a tournament was held on the course.

Interestingly it's a Swedish Felt B-Run minigolf course. While there are a few of them around the UK it's not the most common type of course. However, in Oxford we've visited three other Swedish Felt B-Run layouts. These were in Bury Knowle Park in Headington, Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park and Florence Park in Cowley.

As far as we're aware the course in Bury Knowle Park is still there.

The one in Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park has been replaced by Crazy Croc's Mini Golf.

Matt tells me that until six weeks ago the course in Florence Park was in place.

Florence Park in Oxford by Matt Roebuck 2020
Florence Park in Oxford by Matt Roebuck 2020

Have you spotted a minigolf course during your daily lockdown outdoor exercise during the coronavirus pandemic? Do let us know. We might not have it on our To Visit list yet.



Matt is the author of The Other Olympics. It's a brilliant book and well worth a read. It covers a number of international multi-sports competitions.

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Mini Golf in Cutteslowe Park, Oxford

Crazy Croc's Mini Golf at Cutteslowe Park in Oxford.


I recently found out there's been a change to one of the minigolf courses in my home city.


Our fellow minigolf adventurers Matt and Helen Dodd were in Oxford and swung by Cutteslowe Park and let us know the course there is now an adventure golf-style layout.


When Emily and I visited back in 2008 and 2009 the course in the park was a Swedish Felt Mini Golf B-Run.

The old Mini Golf course in Cutteslowe Park, Oxford
How the now lost minigolf course looked on a frosty day in December 2008

The new Crazy Croc's Mini Golf in Cutteslowe Park is a 9-hole layout.

Visit the Crazy Croc's Mini Golf website for more information, opening times and prices.

It'll be a new course to visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in the future.

Monday, January 06, 2020

World of Bun Throwing: A visit to Abingdon's County Hall Museum

World of Bun Throwing: A visit to Abingdon's County Hall Museum: On Saturday we were back in my home town and visited the County Hall Museum.

Abingdon's County Hall Museum

Check out the full post from our visit on my World of Bun Throwing blog.

Junkyard Golf in Oxford's Westgate Centre

A look at Junkyard Golf in the Westgate Centre, Oxford.



Junkyard Golf at the Westgate Centre in Oxford

We were back in my home town at the weekend and swung by Junkyard Golf at the Westgate shopping centre in the city centre.


Junkyard Golf at the Westgate Centre in Oxford

Junkyard Golf in Oxford is home to three 9-hole indoor Crazy Golf courses.


Junkyard Golf at the Westgate Centre in Oxford

You can find other Junkyard Golf venues in Manchester, London, Leeds and Liverpool.

Junkyard Golf at the Westgate Centre in Oxford

Check out the Junkyard Golf website for more information.

Junkyard Golf at the Westgate Centre in Oxford

The Junkyard Golf course was the second course we visited in 2020. The first was the Putting Green at the Park Square offices in Cheadle Heath.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Crazy Golf at the Horse & Harrow Pub in West Hagbourne, Oxfordshire

Thirteen years ago today we visited the 10th course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.


On a bitterly cold 23rd December 2006 Emily, Christopher and I headed along to the Horse & Harrow Pub in West Hagbourne, Oxfordshire to have a game on the beer garden Crazy Golf course there.


In all the years and hundreds upon hundreds of courses we've seen since, none have been anything quite like the 9-hole course.


Crazy

Back in 2006 we never realised how BIG our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour would become. To date we've visited 942 courses!

We popped back to the pub for a look at the course in April 2011.

How the course looked five years later

Looking online it doesn't look like the course is in the pub's beer garden anymore.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Lost minigolf courses - Abingdon Crazy Golf

A look back at the old Crazy Golf course at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames.


Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames

One of the courses we've visited and played on our travels but has since become a 'lost' course was the 10-hole Crazy Golf layout at the Abbey Meadows in my home town of Abingdon.


Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames

The course was the first one I ever played way back in the early 1980's.


Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames

The course had been in the park since the 1950's but was removed at the end of the 2016 season as part of renovations to the area.

Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames

Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames

Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames

It's always sad to see an old miniature golf course removed. Especially so when it's not even replaced by a new one.

Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames
The last hole of the first course I ever played

In August 2007 the course became the 31st played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames
Playing hole 5 in 2007

Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames
Playing hole 5 in 2012

Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames
Playing hole 5 for the very last time in 2016


We also revisited in June 2012 and December 2014.

Crazy Golf at the Abbey Meadows in Abingdon-on-Thames
The course was very mossy in 2014

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Bun Throwing in Abingdon-on-Thames

It's been a year since Abingdon's last Bun Throwing event.


Last November my home town of Abingdon marked 100 years since the end of the First World War with a special Bun Throwing event in the market place.


Bun Throwing in Abingdon-on-Thames
Abingdon has a curious tradition of bun throwing

The Bun Throwing was the 35th event since 1761.


The first marked the Coronation of King George III. The last Bun Throwing held before the 2018 event was to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016.


I have attended each Bun Throwing in Abingdon in my lifetime, a total of 15 since 1981.

Related blog posts:
- A year since Abingdon's last Bun Throwing event
- Abingdon-on-Thames Bun Throwing timeline - 1761 to 2018

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Adventure Golf at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney

A visit to the Adventure Golf course at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney, Oxfordshire.


Adventure Golf at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney

Our trip to Southampton saw us visit 18 more courses, playing eight of them. One of the courses visited was the Adventure Golf course at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney, Oxfordshire.


Adventure Golf at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney

Adventure Golf at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney

We hadn't expected to be visiting Witney, but as traffic meant our route changed we couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit the course.


Adventure Golf at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney

Unfortunately we didn't get to have a game on it as it had already closed for the day. Earlier than the sign said.

Adventure Golf at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney
We arrived in the park at 5.15pm on a Friday

The Adventure Golf course at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney was the 869th visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Adventure Golf at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney

It looked like a nice layout.

Adventure Golf at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney

The 9-hole course was designed and built by the team at HM Adventure Golf and opening in 2018.
 
Adventure Golf at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney

Adventure Golf at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney

Adventure Golf at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney

Visit The Coffee Shed website for more information, opening times and prices for the Adventure Golf course.

Adventure Golf at The Leys Recreation Ground in Witney