Thursday, June 22, 2017

Crazy Golf at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes

A revisit to the Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes.


Back in 2008 we made a flying visit to Lytham Saint Annes after a weekend in Blackpool. On that occasion we didn't have the time to play the Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake. Something I put right on my recent proper visit to the seaside town.

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
A view of the course from the Inner Promenade

The 9-hole Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake is a fibreglass type of layout with a number of obstacles on it. It's nicely set-out on a flat surface which aids putting.

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
A fun course for a game of minigolf

The course became the 436th course played on the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour. It was previously the 4th of (to date) 305 courses we've been unable to play on our travels.

Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
A bit of the lake

I played two rounds of 9-holes and scored 22 on each of them. I aced the 6th hole in both rounds and also managed a hole-in-one on the 5th in round two.

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 1 
Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 1



Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 2

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 3

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 4 - the clown again

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 5

Hole 5 - a nice ace opportunity

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 6 - another good place for a hole-in-one

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 7 - not Humpty

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 8 - the bullet / rocket again

Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lake in Lytham Saint Annes
Hole 9

For more information, opening times and prices visit the Fairhaven Lake and Gardens website.

Related blog posts:
- Minigolfing in Lytham Saint Annes
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Lytham Saint Annes

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.

Happy Summerween!

Happy Summerween 2017.

Today is Summerween. Unless, like some people, you celebrate the summer version of Halloween on the second to last Friday of June. In which case happy Summerween for tomorrow.

Jack-o-melon for Summerween 2017

Related blog posts:
- Watermelons
- Halloween

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bar Billiards at The Goose in Jersey

Spotting a Bar Billiards table at The Goose in Beaumont.

I haven't blogged about Bar Billiards for a while so it was nice that Emily sent over a snap of the table at The Goose in Beaumont in Jersey. Unfortunately she was unable to play it though as it was broken.

Bar Billiards table at The Goose in Beaumont

Jersey is a hotbed for Bar Billiards and the venue for World Championship tournaments. Although we struggled to find any tables there during our holiday last summer!?

Related blog posts:
- Bar Billiards in Jersey
- Bar Billiards
- Jersey

Another Crazy Golf advert in London

Another minigolf advert spotted on London's public transport network.

Gareth Holmes has done it again, this time he's spotted an advert for the Minigolf course at Columbus Courtyard in Canary Wharf, London.

There's a minigolf course at Columbus Courtyard in Canary Wharf, London. Photo by Gareth Holmes, June 2017
The course was originally open until the end of June, but on the website it's an ongoing activity

The Minigolf course at Columbus Courtyard opened in May this year. The 9-hole course is FREE to play! Check out the Canary Wharf website for more info.

Related blog post:
- Crazy Golf in London

Monday, June 19, 2017

Minigolfing in Lytham Saint Annes

A return visit to the seaside at Lytham Saint Annes.

Yesterday I returned to the Fylde coast for a bit of minigolf fun in the sun. That bit turned into a LOT of minigolf as I ended up playing eight rounds on five courses in Lytham Saint Annes - a total of 79 holes.

Crazy Golf in Lytham Saint Annes
Course one was a replay of the Crazy Golf at MiniLinks on the sea front. Good to see Humpty was still there

Miniature Golf in Lytham Saint Annes
Course two was the new Pennines Putting layout on the sea front

Crazy Golf in Lytham Saint Annes
Course three was an unexpected one as I didn't know there was a Crazy Golf course on the pier until I saw the sign for it!

The trip to Lytham Saint Annes has helped push the Crazy World of Minigolf Tour up to 742 course visits.

Mini Golf in Lytham Saint Annes
The biggest of the five courses I played was the Par-3 MiniLinks course

More blogs to follow about the three courses at MiniLinks (Pennines Putting, Crazy Golf and a lovely Par-3 layout), Crazy Golf at Fairhaven Lake and a Minigolf course I wasn't expecting to find at the end of St Annes pier!

Crazy Golf in Lytham Saint Annes
I finally got to properly visit the Crazy Golf course at Fairhaven Lakes. Nine years after my first brief stop there!

Tenpin bowling at Parrs Wood in Manchester

Spotting some fun new posters at the Tenpin bowling centre at Parrs Wood.

We enjoy a game of bowling and last week we visited the Tenpin bowling centre at Parrs Wood for the first time in what seemed like ages. Walking through the entrance we spotted some new posters that made us smile.

Don't be a groan up! poster at the Tenpin bowling centre at Parrs Wood in Manchester
I'd like to see these warning posters in more places

It's always nice to see some added FUN - especially somewhere like a bowling alley where the game SHOULD DEFINITELY BE FUN.

Don't be a groan up! poster at the Tenpin bowling centre at Parrs Wood in Manchester
I've done 'The Robot' as a celebration after scoring a minigolf hole-in-one

In our match-up I picked up the win and we both got some Strikes. I wasn't far off getting a Turkey at one point too.

Don't be a groan up! poster at the Tenpin bowling centre at Parrs Wood in Manchester
What do you call 'Tag'? Emily calls it 'It' or 'Tag', while I know the game as 'Tig'

We'll be back for some more FUN at the Parrs Wood entertainment complex soon. We've still got to play the Sector 7 Laser Tag game they've got there!

We were lucky enough to get magic Lane 13 on our visit. We also beat the rush and played in 'Haunted Bowling Alley' conditions like something out of Scooby Doo
We were lucky enough to get magic Lane 13 on our visit. We also beat the rush and played in 'Haunted Bowling Alley' conditions like something out of Scooby Doo

In the meantime I'll be wasting some time popping bubble-wrap and other stuff on the Don't be a groan up website.

Tenpin bowling in Parrs Wood Manchester
Perfect bowling conditions

Links:
- Tenpin Parrs Wood
- Parrs Wood Manchester

Related blog posts:
- Tenpin bowling
- Parrs Wood

New Pirate Adventure Golf course heading to Bents Garden and Home

Second course set to open at Bents Garden and Home in 2018.


The Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf course at Bents Garden and Home has proven to be incredibly popular. So much so that a new Pirate-themed minigolf course will be opening there next Spring!

The Adventure Golf course at Bents Garden and Home has proven to be incredibly popular. So much so that a new Pirate-themed minigolf course will be opening there next Spring!
The second 9-hole course will be a pirate-themed one

Check out the blog post from Emily's recent Crazy World of Minigolf Tour visit to the Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf course.

Emily in action on the dinosaur-themed course at Bents Garden and Home

Visit the Bents Garden and Home website for more information.

Link:
Bents Garden and Home

Related blog posts:
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
- Adventure Golf at Bents Garden and Home
Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf at Bents Garden and Home in Glazebury

RadioShack in Lytham Saint Annes

Last April I blogged about Tandy after my memory was jogged seeing an old sign for the brand at the back of an electronics shop in Hitchin.

Well, at the weekend I found another remnant of the once prominent high street brand - a RadioShack shop in Lytham Saint Annes!

RadioShack in Lytham Saint Annes
RadioShack on the Fylde coast high street - still weathering the stormy retail sector 

My first job was at a Tandy franchise shop in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, where I remember selling a number of electronic products bearing the 'RadioShack', 'Genexxa' and 'Realistic' brand names.

RadioShack in Lytham Saint Annes
Great to see the Tandy logo still on display

Stepping into the RadioShack in Lytham Saint Annes was like a time warp. It was brilliant having a chat to the man behind the counter about Tandy and RadioShack too.

RadioShack in Lytham Saint Annes
They stock a lot of formats of tape at RadioShack

Looking online there are only three RadioShack shops left in the UK. The others are in Chester and Wrexham. As a fan of 'tickable list' challenges I fancy visiting the other two stores to complete the list.

RadioShack in Lytham Saint Annes
They've got a lot of VHS tapes in stock at RadioShack

Visiting the shop was a bit like the classic shopping trip Alan Partridge makes to the Tandy in Norwich in Knowing Me Knowing Yule.

I treated myself to a new blank VHS tape at RadioShack in Lytham St Annes
I treated myself to a new blank VHS tape

In 2001 Tandy said goodbye to the UK high street as the last of the shops were converted after their acquisition by Carphone Warehouse.

I thought the Tandy brand name was still defunct, but no - a search found that Tandy lives on as an online retailer of electronic components and kits!

Interestingly the name Tandy comes from one of the founders of a leather goods company called Tandy Leather - a business that later became RadioShack.

You can find the RadioShack at 47 St Anne's Road West, Lytham Saint Annes, FY8 1SB.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Home Counties Gluten Free Food Fair in Biggleswade

The Beds & Mid Herts Coeliac UK support group is once again organising a food fair in Biggleswade.

It'll be a great opportunity to see what's new and speak with exhibitors from a wide-range of gluten free specialist businesses in attendance. There are usually plenty of samples available too.

The 5th Home Counties Gluten Free Food Fair will take place between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 23rd September. The venue is The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8JH. Check out the group's poster below for more info and contact details.

Home Counties Gluten Free Food Fair in Biggleswade

I've been a member of the group since just after my diagnosis with Coeliac Disease in June 2008. The members of the group have been a great help - especially so in the early days when I was first stepping onto the strict and lifelong gluten free diet.

The group organises a number of events, has a regular newsletter and peer support. Emily and I have made some great friends through the group.

Friday, June 16, 2017

New Adventure Golf course in Tamworth

New medieval-themed Crazy Golf course now open at Namco Funscape in Tamworth.


There's a new 18-hole Minigolf course Namco Funscape in Tamworth. The medieval-themed layout has 9 indoor holes and 9 outdoors - a combination you don't normally see on a course.

Castle Adventure Golf is open seven days a week. Check out the Namco Funscape Tamworth website for more info.

Our nearest Namco Funscape is at the Trafford Centre. Emily visited it on New Year's Eve

We're big fans of tenpin bowling and have visited a number of Namco Funscape centres. We've won a few bowling tournaments at the Luton venue over the years too.

On our last visit to Tamworth we played the town's outdoor course at the Castle Grounds. That Crazy Golf course was the 356th played on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour.

It's great there's another course in the town now. We're looking forward to a return visit.

Junkyard Golf Club on the London Underground

Spotting another advert for London's Junkyard Golf Club on the London Underground.


My mate and minigolf rival Gareth Holmes has spotted another advert for the Junkyard Golf Club while travelling on the tube in London.

Junkyard Golf advert on the Jubilee Line. Photo by Gareth Holmes June 2017
Junkyard Golf Club's latest advert for its London Crazy Golf courses

There are four Crazy Golf courses at Junkyard Golf Club in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane.

The brand also has two courses in Manchester Piccadilly - although the Manchester venue is moving to a new site in August.

Junkyard Golf is heading to Oxford too, with a new location opening at the redeveloped Westgate shopping centre.

Visit the Junkyard Golf Club website for more details on the venues, opening times and prices.

Related blog posts:
- Crazy Golf in London
- Junkyard Golf
- Junkyard Crazy Golf on the tube

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New Adventure Golf course in Leeds

New Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf course in Leeds.

The team at Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf are looking to open a new indoor course at The Cube on Albion Street in Leeds city centre.

Playing the Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf course in Liverpool
Playing the Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf course in Liverpool

There are currently Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf courses in Bristol, Liverpool and Brighton. We've played at the Bristol and Liverpool layouts on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour, while the Brighton venue is on our 'to visit' list.



Interestingly the two Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf courses on Madeira Drive in Brighton are built on the location of an old Adventure Golf course we have played.

We're looking forward to visiting and playing the new Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf course when it opens in Leeds.

Link:
- Jungle Rumble

Related blog posts:
- Leeds
- Adventure Golf

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Minigolf in Valencia, Spain

A visit to the Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain.


Emily recently swung by the Minigolf course in the park near Pont del Regne in Valencia, Spain. It looks like an interesting layout.

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
The course looks like fun

The course became the 739th visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour and we've now visited or played minigolf in eleven overseas countries.

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
A fine looking park square

A map of the area. The minigolf course is near to Parc Gulliver - a theme park with a Gulliver obstacle course
A map of the area. The minigolf course is near to Parc Gulliver - a theme park with a Gulliver obstacle course 

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
At first glance this hole looks like it's got a strange obstacle on the green

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
A closer look reveals it to be a Natural Gas outlet pipe!!!
 
Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
Quite a looping u-turn

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
An uphill shot to a plateau

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
An easier uphill shot

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
A bridge of sorts

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
Looks like it could be quite aceable

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
A view of the course from the shade

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
The holes under cover are a little too covered!

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
Shady

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
Leafy

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
Tricky to play

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
Another aceable hole...

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
Tough route to the green

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
A bit of a zig zag

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
Uphill to an elevated green

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
Quite a block hole

Minigolf course in Valencia, Spain
Another view of the course and some of Valencia's skyline


Some of our minigolf stats since 2006:
- 739 courses visited overall
- 711 in the UK
- 28 overseas - in 11 countries
- 433 played

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