A well-loved attraction on Blackpool’s Golden Mile closed its doors on Sunday (October 31) to make way for Merlin’s new £2.3m attraction.
A well-loved attraction on Blackpool’s Golden Mile closed its doors at the weekend to make way for a new £2.3m attraction brought to the town by Merlin Entertainments.
The lease for the indoor mini-golf course and arcade ‘Graffiti Golf’ ended last week and the unit it occupied is set to become part of the new project which will open at that site next year.
Merlin, which operates, Blackpool Tower, Sealife and Madame Tussauds, have plans to transform this stretch of the promenade, which is partly council owned, into a “family-focused visitor attraction”.
Specific details of the attraction are being kept under wraps however the theme will be based on a popular children’s character with an opening date of summer 2022.
This is sad news for the popular pirate-themed 12-hole golf course however where even the balls glow.
Located next to the SeaLife centre, the building set over two floors occupied a distinctive spot on the seafront and included a mega fun-filled arcade.
The indoor crazy golf course was rebranded and independently operated from July 2017.
The owners worked hard to make the attraction a success employing a team and painting the course to give it its unique ambience.
Complete with day-glo murals on the wall, the ultra violet light in the venue gave an eerie but fun glow.
The creative and imaginative decor included pink tentacles devouring a ship, remnants of boats, barrels, seaweed and much more which were set to the backdrop of skeletal pirates that looked out from the walls.
Inside was 12 holes with each hole having a different theme including “the ship yard”, “the underground”, and “the den hole”.
There was lots for children in it’s arcade which was was filled with 2p pusher machines, soft toy machines, children’s rides, a dance stage, a boxing machine and even a Haribo sweet dispenser.
The family friendly establishment was open all-year-round and catered for adults, children, groups and families.
It was perfect for a rainy day as it was open from 10am ’til late costing just £8 for adults and £5 for under 14s with a family ticket just £22.
The attraction still has a 4/5 rating on TripAdvisor and boasts many ‘excellent’ reviews.
When the news was announced on the Blackpool Attraction Facebook page ‘Everything Blackpool’ and the venue’s social media, many comments of disappointment came flooding in.
One man said: “But it’s so well designed in there. I went a few weeks ago. Other than them raising the hole on every one it’s fantastic. It’s also affordable. I’m not made of money and it’s so hard to pay for my carer too so that they can take part with me like I want. If they get in free like at some places they can’t take part though – unless it’s the cinema. Such a shame.”
A woman added:” Great ‘lil place we had so much fun here just something a ‘lil different in Blackpool, sad to see it go
Another woman asked: “We came up from Kent for a holiday this summer and visited you at Graffiti Golf. We all had a fab time! So sorry this has happened to you all. Is there any where else you can re-locate ? Sending best wishesto you and your staff.”
The owners are in fact looking for a new premises so hopefully this won’t be the last of crazy, glow-in-the-dark pirate golf.
To keep up to date with any updates from the attraction, please visit the Graffiti Golf Facebook page here.