Showing posts with label shoppingtainment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shoppingtainment. Show all posts

Friday, September 11, 2020

Minigolf in the time of coronavirus - Gator Golf in Chorley

A visit to the Gator Adventure Golf course in Chorley, Lancashire.


Gator Adventure Golf course in Chorley

Last month we played our first round of minigolf in the time of coronavirus when we visited Gator Adventure Golf at the Escape Entertainment Venue in Chorley.

Escape Entertainment Venue in Chorley

The course was the 955th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour since September 2006.

Covid-19 measures at Gator Adventure Golf course in Chorley

Covid-19 measures at Gator Adventure Golf course in Chorley

Covid-19 measures at Gator Adventure Golf course in Chorley

After seeing the open signs we popped inside, sanitised our hands and headed upstairs for a quick look.

Covid-19 measures at Gator Adventure Golf course in Chorley

The process for getting us out on the course was straightforward and gave peace of mind. The three members of staff we spoke to - at a great distance - were all friendly and professional and our thanks go to them for helping us have a fun experience.

Gator Adventure Golf course in Chorley

After giving our details for track and trace to one member of staff at the desk near the entrance another member of staff was getting our cleaned putters, golf balls, pencil and scorecard over by the course. We were told to leave our clubs and balls in the bucket at the exit.

Covid-19 measures at Gator Adventure Golf course in Chorley

After collecting our equipment we stepped onto the course and our first game of minigolf in the time of coronavirus got underway!

Covid-19 measures at Gator Adventure Golf course in Chorley

Covid-19 measures at Gator Adventure Golf course in Chorley

Covid-19 measures at Gator Adventure Golf course in Chorley

Covid-19 measures at Gator Adventure Golf course in Chorley

The venue was operating adjusted hours to normal so was closing at 8pm. We arrived at 7.30pm and luckily were able to have a quiet round with the course to ourselves. It was actually the perfect way to get back into the swing of minigolfing and nice to pick up a putter again after so long.

For more information, opening times and prices visit the Escape Entertainment website.


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New indoor minigolf course opening in York

A new minigolf course is planned to open in York city centre.


A new minigolf course is planned for York city centre

There are plans for a new indoor minigolf course to open in York early next year.

Hole in Wand will be a 13-hole indoor venue in the Coppergate Centre and will be operated by the team behind Potions Cauldron shop in the Shambles.

A crowdfunding campaign for Hole in Wand minigolf is underway with rewards on offer to backers.

Check out the Hole in Wand website for more information.


We're looking forward to playing the course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in the future.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

New Treetop Adventure Golf opening in Birmingham

A new indoor Adventure Golf centre is planned for Birmingham's Bullring.


Treetop Adventure Golf

The Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham will be home to a new Treetop Adventure Golf centre.

The venue will be home to two indoor 18-hole adventure golf courses.

Treetop Adventure Golf in Birmingham is planned to open next Spring.

Treetop Adventure Golf

Treetop Adventure Golf venues

You can also find Treetop Adventure Golf courses at St David's Shopping Centre in Cardiff, at The Printworks in Manchester and at the Highcross shopping centre in Leicester.

Treetop Adventure Golf

Visit the Treetop Adventure Golf website for more information.

Crazy World of Minigolf Tour visits

We're looking forward to playing the new Treetop Adventure Golf courses on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

The tropical Trail course at Treetop Adventure Golf in Manchester was the 800th course we visited in the British Isles. We're now up to 955 courses visited overall.

We've also been to the Cardiff and Leicester courses.

New minigolf courses 

I heard about the new Bullring minigolf course in Birmingham back in June before it was known to be a Treetop Adventure Golf. It was the the second new course planned to open that I found out about during the pandemic. The other was the replacement for the old course in Andover, Hampshire.

Check out details of new minigolf courses in the UK.

Minigolf during the pandemic and retailtainment

Find out more about minigolf in the time of coronavirus.

Read more about the rise of shopping mall minigolf and retailtainment.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

New Crazy Golf planned for Fulwood Central in Preston

There are plans for a new Crazy Golf course to be created at the Fulwood Central retail park in Preston.


There are plans for a new Crazy Golf course to be created at the Fulwood Central retail park in Preston

It'll be another relatively local minigolf course for us to play on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Retail parks, malls and shopping centres have become a popular location for minigolf courses and other activities as part of retailtainment offerings. This shoppertainment offers customers something extra to shopping and dining, as well as increasing footfall and dwell time at a venue.

Read more in my blog post - Shopping mall minigolf: The growth of shopping centre crazy golf and retailtainment.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

New Crazy Golf course opening in Aylesbury

A Crazy Golf course is opening at the new Flip Out trampoline and adventure centre in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.


A Crazy Golf course is opening at the new Flip Out trampoline and adventure centre in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

The indoor Crazy Golf course will be among a number of activities within the attraction at the Flip Out venue opening in the old BHS shop in the town centre.

Flip Out in Aylesbury will also be home to the UK's first glow-in-the-dark ice rink!

Flip Out's Aylesbury adventure park is scheduled to opening in November this year.

We look forward to giving the Crazy Golf course a play on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour in the future. The ice skating sounds cool too.

Check out the Flip Out website for more information.


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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Puttstars Mini Golf in Rochdale

A look at the new Puttstars Mini Golf venue in Rochdale.


Puttstars Mini Golf in Rochdale

The new Puttstars Mini Golf centre at Rochdale Riverside was recently completed and the exterior signage is in place.

The approach to Puttstars at the new Rochdale Riverside shopping and entertainment centre

We're looking forward to having our first games at a Puttstars course on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

You can find Puttstars Mini Golf next to the Rochdale Town Centre tram stop

As well as the new Rochdale location you can find Puttstars Mini Golf courses in Leeds and York.

A bit of tram nerdery!

Check out the Puttstars Mini Golf website for more information.


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New Crazy Golf course opening in Cardiff

A new Boom: Battle Bar venue is opening at the Brewery Quarter in Cardiff.


Boom: Battle Bar in Cardiff will be home to an indoor Crazy Golf course and a whole host of other sports and games

The second Boom: Battle Bar is opening in Cardiff's Brewery Quarter later this year. The indoor competitive socialising venue will be home to a crazy course, darts, axe throwing, ping pong, shuffleboard, VR games, arcade games and more.

Two of the things that also caught my eye about this particular Boom: battle Bar is that it will also offer players Bar Billiards and the German game of Hammerschlagen.

Bar Billiards is a brilliant old cue sport and quite rare to find outside of the south of England and the Channel Islands.

Hammerschlagen is a game where players compete to hammer nails into a wooden beam!

Check out the Boom: Battle Bar website for more information.


We're looking forward to visiting and playing some games there in the future.

You can see photos of Norwich's Boom: Battle Bar in this blog post - Boom: Battle Bar at the Castle Quarter in Norwich

Monday, June 08, 2020

Happy Ghostbusters Day

Ghostbusters was released in the USA on this day in 1984.


This photo was taken at the Eden Square shopping centre in Urmston, Greater Manchester last Halloween.

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Ecto-1a in Urmston
Celebrating Halloween in Urmston last year

I'm so glad I went along to see the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Ecto-1a.

Who knows when the next retailtainment event like it will take place...

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

CLUB GOLF pop-up minigolf in King's Cross, London

A look at the CLUB GOLF pop-up minigolf course at Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross, London.


CLUB GOLF pop-up minigolf in King's Cross, London

The out-of-home part of our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour is currently paused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 948th, and last new, course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour was the CLUB GOLF pop-up at Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross, London.

CLUB GOLF pop-up minigolf in King's Cross, London

I played the 9-hole rave-inspired art installation crazy golf course in February this year.

CLUB GOLF pop-up minigolf in King's Cross, London

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Monday, June 01, 2020

Pirate Mini Golf at the centre:MK in Milton Keynes

Playing the pop-up Pirate Mini Golf course at the centre:MK. Six years ago today.


On Sunday 1st June 2014 we headed over to Milton Keynes to make the 560th course visit on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

Pirate Adventure Golf at thecentre:MK in Milton Keynes

The 12-hole Pirate Mini Golf course became the 336th played since 2006.

The course was of the 'Eternit' type of Miniature Golf - with the addition of felt to the playing surface and a few non-standard hole types and obstacles.

The pirate-theming around the site was very well done and the striking blue of the felt on the course made a nice contrast with the green felt flooring surrounding it.

New Mini Golf course heading to Birmingham

Birmingham's Bullring will be home to a new indoor minigolf course.


Birmingham's Bullring will be home to a new indoor minigolf course

A new indoor minigolf course is being created at Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre.


There's a level of intrigue about the venture. While planning documents have been submitted the minigolf brand opening the course is as yet unknown.


The new Bullring minigolf course in Birmingham is the second new course I've heard about during the pandemic. The other is a replacement for the old course in Andover, Hampshire.

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Merseyway Comic Con in Stockport

There should've been a comic con at the Merseyway shopping centre in Stockport today.

Another casualty of the coronavirus.

Here's a snap of me on a Star Wars speeder bike at the Merseyway's first comic con last September.

Having fun in Stockport last year

Hopefully there'll be a return of retailtainment events in the future.

There was going to be a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man at the Merseyway comic con.

Ecto-1a and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters were on display at the Eden Square Shopping Centre in Urmston, Greater Manchester last Halloween
I'm so glad I went to Urmston last October!

Monday, April 06, 2020

A look back at the Krazy Golf course at Quest Merry Hill

Seven years ago today we headed to Dudley to play the Krazy Golf course at Merry Hill shopping centre.


Krazy Golf course at Merry Hill shopping centre

The colourful and challenging 9-hole course was the 528th we visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. Sadly it's no longer there.

Krazy Golf course at Merry Hill shopping centre

As people look for extra entertainment options while shopping there has been an increase in shopping centre minigolf courses, both in the UK and around the world.