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Showing posts with label UV. Show all posts

Sunday, November 01, 2020

The Floodgate turns one

Happy birthday to The Floodgate in Digbeth.

The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham opened it's doors a year ago today.

Pit-Pat table golf at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
Pit-Pat table golf at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

It was brilliant to be the first player on the Pit-Pat table golf layout as I'm a big fan of the minigolf and pool crossover game.

You can also play on indoor baseball batting cages and a curling rink at the competitive socialising venue.

Visit The Floodgate website for more information, opening times and prices.

Check out the blog post from my visit to The Floodgate.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Opening The Floodgate

The Floodgate in Digbeth turns one this weekend.

The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham officially opened it's doors a year ago this Sunday.

Pit-Pat table golf at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
Pit-Pat table golf at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

It was nice to be the first player on the Pit-Pat table golf layout on the pre-opening night a year ago today as I'm a big fan of the minigolf and pool crossover game.

You can also play on indoor baseball batting cages and a curling rink at the social sports venue.

Visit The Floodgate website for more information, opening times and prices.

Check out the blog post from my visit to The Floodgate.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

New UV Crazy Golf course opening in Hull

A new glow-in-the-dark Crazy Golf course is opening in Hull.


A new UV Crazy Golf course is opening in Hull

Hull will soon be home to a new UV Crazy Golf course as the team from the East Park Pirate Golf course are opening a venue at the Princes Quay shopping centre in the city.

Visit the East Park Pirate Golf Facebook page for more information.

Minigolf in Hull

There has been a real boom in minigolf courses opening in Hull, with the East Park Pirate Golf course joining Putt Club and the Pirate Adventure Golf course at One Stop Golf. The city will also be home to a new Lost City Adventure Golf venue soon.

Retailtainment

Minigolf has grown in popularity in the last eight years and has moved from being seen as a traditional outdoor seaside summer activity to become a year-round game that can be played indoors, outdoors and at pretty much any time of the day.

A number of high streets, retail parks and shopping malls are now home to minigolf courses, with more new venues planned to open.

Businesses also use portable and temporary pop-up minigolf layouts to boost footfall, create awareness, product launches and promotions.

Our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

Hull has been on our to visit list for a few years now. It'll be a busy trip with all of the new courses to play when we eventually get there!

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

A look at the glow-in-the-dark Cosmic Golf courses at the Xscape Centre in Castleford.


Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford, West Yorkshire is home to two indoor Cosmic Golf glow-in-the-dark courses.


4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

One is the Search for Atlantis. A 6-hole layout with an underwater theme.


4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

The second course is the Curse of the Mummy in 3D (or 4D depending on which sign you read).


4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

This is a 9-hole courses and one where you need to wear 3D glasses to enjoy the full effects as you putt around the layout.

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford


Check out the Xplore website for more information, opening times and prices.

4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore at the Xscape Centre in Castleford

The two courses at Xplore were among the 20 courses we visited in the first 20 days of 2020.

The entertainment, leisure and retail area at Junction 32 of the M62 in Castleford is a real minigolf hotbed.

There are six miniature golf courses with a total of 87-holes to play.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Minigolf in Castleford

A return visit to Castleford.




On our way home from a weekend away in Doncaster we made a stop at the entertainment, leisure and retail area at Junction 32 of the M62 as it's a real minigolf hotbed.


There are six miniature golf courses with a total of 87-holes to play in a very small area!


Xplore at the Xscape Centre is home to two indoor Cosmic Golf glow-in-the-dark courses. One is a 6-hole layout called the Search for Atlantis. The other is the Curse of the Mummy in 3D (or 4D depending on which sign you read). The 3D course is a 9-hole layout and one where you need to wear 3D glasses to enjoy the full effects.

Search for Atlantis Cosmic Golf at Xplore in Xscape Yorkshire in Castleford
Search for Atlantis Cosmic Golf at Xplore in Xscape Yorkshire

These two Xplore courses were the 199th and 200th visited on our travels back in 2010. We've now been to 945 courses!

Curse of the Mummy 4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore in Xscape Yorkshire in Castleford
Curse of the Mummy 4D Cosmic Golf at Xplore in Xscape Yorkshire

Towards the back of Xscape is the two course, 36-hole indoor Volcano Falls Adventure Golf centre.

Volcano Falls Adventure Golf at Xscape Yorkshire in Castleford
Volcano Falls Adventure Golf at Xscape Yorkshire in Castleford

Players can play on the Volcano Valley and T Rex Trails.

Heading out of Xscape and over the road to the Junction 32 Outlet Shopping Centre you will find two outdoor 18-hole courses at Mr Mulligans Adventure Golf.

Mr Mulligans Adventure Golf at the Junction 32 Outlet Shopping Centre in Castleford
Mr Mulligans Adventure Golf at the Junction 32 Outlet Shopping Centre in Castleford

When we last visited Castleford these courses were known as Pirate Island Adventure Golf.

The six courses in Castleford were some of the 20 minigolf layouts we went to in the first 20 days of 2020.

Once you arrive at Junction 32 in Castleford you don't require any further transport to get to any of the courses there. It has the most minigolf courses of any inland place in the UK.

Of the places we've visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour Skegness is the town with the most minigolf courses in the UK. Skeggy has 120-holes spread across ten seafront courses.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Art Attack FX and GlowGolf

It was great to chat to the Art Attack FX team at the Family Attraction Expo and Holiday Park & Resort Innovation Show in Birmingham.

GlowGolf by Art Attack FX

I'm a big fan of UV / glow-in-the-dark minigolf and enjoy playing them on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

My brother and Charter Member of the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour Christopher has played one of Art Attack FX's GlowGolf creations in Amsterdam.

Time Machine GlowGolf in Amsterdam
Time Machine GlowGolf in Amsterdam

As well as miniature golf courses Art Attack FX also create laser tag arenas, mini bowling alleys, play systems and more.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

A visit to The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Checking out The Floodgate, a new experiential entertainment venue in Digbeth.


The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Last Wednesday I headed down to Birmingham to check out the new indoor entertainment venue at the Custard Factory in Digbeth.


Bleachers baseball, Pit-Pat table golf and Curl Club curling at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

The Floodgate is home to three activities - indoor baseball batting cages, curling and Pit-Pat table golf.


The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

As a BIG fan of all things minigolf-related my main interest was the Pit-Pat table golf.

Pit-Pat table golf at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat is similar to crazy golf in that you have to play over, up, through and around different obstacles on each of the tables. The main difference though is that you use a cue rather than a club.

Pit-Pat table golf at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

After checking out the baseball cages in the main bar area I walked through a corridor to find the curling rink.

Baseball at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
The baseball batting cage

Curling at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
Curling

A little further down the corridor was a sign for Pit-Pat and then to the left was a doorway into the Pit-Pat course.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

The Pit-Pat layout is split into three, with most of the tables in one large retro graffiti art covered room. The tables have been UV painted and so there's a nice glow-in-the dark look to it.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Table 12 can be found all on its own in a very cool black & white room. The mono look is a very nice contrast to the UV sections.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Tables 13 to 18 then follow, with more graffiti art on the walls and some tricky obstacles including a bridge, ramp & net, pipes and a loop-di-loop to tackle.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

It was brilliant to be the first person to play the UK's first and only indoor UV Pit-Pat Table Golf course. I had five rounds at The Floodgate, scoring 47, 51, 37, 34 and 36. I was very happy with my rounds in the 30s and the 34 was very sweet as I shot four aces.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

I'd previously played Pit-Pat at the UK's only previous course back in 2014. Sadly that course in Littlehampton became a lost course a couple of years ago.

As I was leaving to catch my train back home the Pit-Pat area began to fill up with more players taking to the tables.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
This is a nice obstacle and hole to play into

It was nice to see people enjoying the batting cages and curling too, along with the street food and well stocked bar.

Pit-Pat at The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
Table 18

Check out The Floodgate website for more information, opening times and prices.

The Floodgate in Digbeth, Birmingham
The Floodgate is housed in this old building built in 1938