Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Mini Golf in Dawlish

A visit to the Mini Golf course in Dawlish, Devon.

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

The 615th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour was the Mini Golf layout at Tucks Plot near the seafront, The Strand and gardens in Dawlish, Devon.

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon
The 18-hole course is a Swedish Felt variety of Minigolf

The 18-hole Swedish Felt B-Run type of Mini Golf was the 16th visited our tour of the South West of England during June 2015.

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon
Unfortunately the course was closed when we were in Dawlish on Wednesday 3rd June

Check out photos of the course below.

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Crazy Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Crazy Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon

For more information on the course, opening times and prices visit the Dawlish Mini Golf web page.

Mini Golf course at Tucks Plot in Dawlish, Devon
The 'Dawlish' sign has been prominent on the course for many years. In older photos of the course the word was spelled out in plants

There's been a miniature golf layout on the site for many years. I've got a number of old postcards dating from the 1930's and 40's through to the 70's and 80's that show a grass Putting course on the spot. It was pleasing to see a couple of postcards showing the current course on sale in the town and I bought a stack of them from the Tourist Information Centre to post out to friends.

Related blog posts:
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Mini Golf in the South West of England

Link:
- Dawlish Mini Golf

Monday, July 06, 2015

Mini Golf on BBC Three Counties Radio

Playing some Crazy Golf with the BBC Three Counties Radio Sports Team at Tea Green Golf in Luton.

Check out the Minigolf video from when the BBC Three Counties Radio Sport team of Geoff Doyle and Luke Ashmead met me at Tea Green Golf in Luton to find out more about the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.



My interview and the Mini Golf Challenge on BBC Three Counties Radio will now be broadcast next week (Monday 13th July). You'll be able to listen in from 6pm on the BBC Three Counties Radio Sports show website.

Links:
BBC Three Counties Radio website
BBC Three Counties Radio Sports Show
Tea Green Golf website
Geoff Doyle on Twitter
Luke Ashmead on Twitter
BBC Three Counties Radio on Twitter
BBC Three Counties Radio on Facebook
BBC Three Counties Radio on YouTube

Related blog posts:
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Tea Green Golf
Crazy Golf on BBC Three Counties Radio

Adventure Golf in Dawlish Warren

Playing the Funder Park Adventure Golf course in Dawlish Warren, Devon.

Adventure Mini Golf course at Funder Park in Dawlish Warren

The 614th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour was the Funder Park Adventure Golf course on Beach Road in Dawlish Warren.

Adventure Golf course at Funder Park in Dawlish Warren
Exploring another course on out tour

The 18-hole Mini Golf layout was the fourth played on our tour of the South West of England, the 15th visited on the trip, and the 367th played overall on our tour.

Adventure Golf course at Funder Park in Dawlish Warren
Funder Park Adventure Golf course in Dawlish Warren

In our match on the Funder Park course on the 3rd June 2015 Emily scored 47 and I scored 44 to take the win on the tough course.

Adventure Golf course at Funder Park in Dawlish Warren, Devon
One of the unique and interesting holes on the course

Adventure Golf course at Funder Park in Dawlish Warren
A view of the downhill ace opportunity from the tee

Adventure Golf course at Funder Park in Dawlish Warren
Emily launching into action

Adventure Golf course at Funder Park in Dawlish Warren
This hole took a lot of putts!

Adventure Golf course at Funder Park in Dawlish Warren
A pair of skulls

Adventure Golf course at Funder Park in Dawlish Warren
A Mini Golf Crocodile. Or Alligator
  
Adventure Golf course at Funder Park in Dawlish Warren
One of the colourful downhill holes at Funder Park

Adventure Golf course at Funder Park in Dawlish Warren
Mouthy

Adventure Golf course at Funder Park in Dawlish Warren
Toothy

Adventure Golf course at Funder Park in Dawlish Warren
Emily at Funder Park

Adventure Golf course at Funder Park in Dawlish Warren
Quite the follow-through on this shot

Adventure Golf course at Funder Park in Dawlish Warren
The last hole is a tough one indeed. Just ask Emily

Adventure Golf course at Funder Park in Dawlish Warren
Another Mini Golf Shark!

For more information, opening times and prices check out Funder Park on Facebook.

Related blog posts:
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Mini Golf in the South West of England

Link:
- Funder Park on Facebook

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Mini Golf Putting at The Imperial Hotel in Exmouth

The 613th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour was the Putting Green we spotted on the front lawn of The Imperial Hotel in Exmouth, Devon.

Mini Golf Grass Putting Green at The Imperial Hotel in Exmouth, Devon
The Putting Green at The Imperial Hotel in Exmouth

The course was the 14th visited on our tour of the South West of England.

You can find The Imperial Hotel on The Esplanade, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2SW.

Related blog posts:
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Mini Golf in the South West of England
- Exmouth
- Hotel

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Hotel Putting Greens in Sidmouth

The 608th and 609th courses visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour were a pair of Putting Greens on hotel front lawns in Sidmouth, Devon. They're next door to each other!

Minigolf Explorers Richard and Emily Gottfried in Sidmouth, Devon
The Belmont Hotel is on the right, The Victoria Hotel on the left

The 9th course visited on our tour of the South West of England was the grass Putting Green at The Victoria Hotel.

The Putting Green at The Victoria Hotel in Sidmouth, Devon
The Putting Green at The Victoria Hotel

You can find The Victoria Hotel on The Esplanade, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8RY.

The 10th course visited on our tour of the South West of England was the grass Putting Green at The Belmont Hotel.

The Belmont Hotel's Putting Green in Sidmouth, Devon
The Belmont Hotel's Putting Green

You can find The Belmont Hotel on The Esplanade, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8RX.

The pair of hotel miniature golf courses looked in fantastic condition and had great views of the sea.

Both hotels are part of the Brend Group. Towards the end of our road-trip we had a very pleasant stay in The Royal Hotel in Bideford, Devon. The hotel is right next to an interesting heritage railway. Worth a visit too.

The old halt and track bed of the Bideford Heritage Railway is at the back of The Royal Hotel. Can you spot Emily in the photo?
The old halt and track bed of the Bideford Heritage Railway is at the back of The Royal Hotel. Can you spot Emily in the photo?

Related blog posts:
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Mini Golf in the South West of England
Hotel

Links:
- The Victoria Hotel
- The Belmont Hotel
- Brend Hotels

The London Allergy and Free From Show 2015

A review of the The London Allergy and Free From Show 2015.

On Friday 3rd July I travelled to Olympia for the London Allergy and Free From Show. Last year was my first time visiting the event and I was interested to see what new products would be on show.

I was pleased to see some new gluten and wheat free ice creams available. On our recent two-week holiday around the south west coast of England I had only managed to find suitable ice cream tubs in two places! Fingers crossed the ice creams from Sweet Rebellion and Jollyum get stocked in more places as they were very tasty.

The Jollyum gluten free Ice Creams were very nice
The Jollyum Ice Creams were very nice

Earlier this year Emily visited Spain and brought me back some Sin Gluten goodies and so it was nice to see the team from Esgir at the show with their range of five gluten and wheat free products that are suitable for Coeliacs. I was so impressed that I bought some of the products.

A good haul from Esgir. I bought one of each of the products that include gluten free croutons, crunchy crumbs and choco snack sticks
A good haul from Esgir. I bought one of each of the products that include gluten free croutons, crunchy crumbs and choco snack sticks

I spotted some new gluten free beers from exhibitors including Estrella Damm Daura (with their new Märzen variety), the Wellington Bomber Porter beer from Glebe Farm, Outlook by Stringer's, and Hepworth & Co. While Green's have updated and refreshed its branding. I also got to try CELIA Lager's new Dark variety. Very nice it was too.

The brand new Märzen gluten free beer from Estrella Damm Daura. It tasted great
The brand new Märzen gluten free beer from Estrella Damm Daura. It tasted great

CELIA Dark was very nice. Martin from CELIA tells me it's a great beer to accompany autumn and winter meals too
CELIA Dark was very nice. Martin from CELIA tells me it's a great beer to accompany autumn and winter meals too

The updated branding on the Green's Gluten Free Beers range
The updated branding on the Green's Gluten Free Beers range

I enjoyed the new gluten free Wellington Bomber Porter from Glebe Farm
I enjoyed the new Wellington Bomber Porter from Glebe Farm

Check out my compilation blog post on all the gluten free beers, ales and lagers I've found since I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease (the list currently stands at 89!).

Stringer's Outlook gluten free ale, one of the GF beers I'm yet to try
Stringer's Outlook gluten free ale, one of the GF beers I'm yet to try

It was also good speaking with the team from Can I Eat There? and finding out more about their allergy and intolerance aware restaurant listings and review website.

I did feel that too many of the exhibitors at the event were trying to sell sell sell, rather than doing something a bit different to engage with the audience. The show offers from Esgir were very good, while many other stalls were selling at not much less than a supermarket price. Couple this with the fact that it was baking hot, and while in London people may not want to carry around lots of shopping (including raw meat, or frozen products) so it would be really nice to see the brands trying something new.

Another thought is that because the show is catering to so many different audiences (all with their own varied needs - some lifestyle, some medical) there will be some clashes. This was evident in some of the exhibitors who I know have products that are not suitable for Coeliacs due to manufacturing processes and/or potential cross-contamination - but are labelled as gluten and wheat free. I think that if you're going to offer gluten and wheat free you should go 100%. No half-measures. Granted, there are people with wheat intolerance and non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity etc. who may be fine after consuming these products, but there is a larger proportion who won't be. It leaves a Coeliac like myself with a bitter taste, to be tempted with GF & WF packaging, only to be let down when reading the small print.

As a 'veteran' Coeliac I check, double check and then check again before I take a bite or a sip of anything. Having been glutened on a number of occasions I know it's not worth the risk, so I hope some of the rookie Coeliacs at the show didn't make any errors, or get carried away, in their sampling.

The next food fair I'll be visiting is the Home Counties Gluten Free Food Fair organised by the Herts & Mid Beds Coeliac UK Volunteer Group. Hopefully there'll be lots of new and interesting gluten and wheat free products on show and to sample there.

To round off a very pleasant day in London Emily and I had another brilliant gluten free meal at Honest Burgers.

Check out the Allergy Show London website for more information on the event.

Related blog posts:
Gluten Free
Coeliac
Funny things about being a Coeliac
- Home Counties Gluten Free Food Fair 2015
- The Allergy and Free From Show 2014 at Olympia
- Sin Gluten
- Gluten free beer

Links:
- Allergy Show London
Coeliac UK