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Days Out: Adventure Golf at Bents Garden and Home

We are big fans of Adventure Golf, we always try to play a round when we can. Last year we went to Bents Garden and Home to play their Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf. This week we visited again, they’ve recently extended the dinosaur golf to include nine extra holes of pirate golf, this we had to see!

Days Out: Adventure Golf at Bents Garden and Home

Bents Home and Garden is a huge garden centre with lots of things to do. To get to the Adventure Golf you need to head through the garden centre and go outside, go left when you get outside and you should see the Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf shop building. Go in, pay and collect your club and ball as well as your score card.

Days Out: Adventure Golf at Bents Garden and Home

The dino golf was originally just 9 holes, with the pirate extension it doubles the number of holes to 18. The first 9 are dino, the last 9 are pirate. I think the dino holes of the adventure golf at Bents have been re-jigged a little to freshen them up. The dinosaurs were epic, they’re so well done, some of them move and roar and even though we’d seen them before we were all so impressed.

Days Out: Adventure Golf at Bents Garden and Home

The pirate extension was very well done, it moves from a dino landscape into a water filled pirate world. There’s a big pirate ship which they’ve incorporated into the course, as well as a whale, crocodile and a host of pirates, some of which looked quite familiar.

Days Out: Adventure Golf at Bents Garden and Home

The pirate golf is very well done. Each hole is reasonably tricky, without being too hard. My 7 year old had the most fun playing all 18 holes of Adventure Golf. I liked the little details; like incorporating the pirate ship into the play and having to putt the ball into a hole in the whale’s mouth.

If I had to find something to criticize; it would be good if they had a sign suggesting what a good par would be (the ideal number of shots for each hole); just so you know how well, or not so well you’re doing.

Days Out: Adventure Golf at Bents Garden and Home

Depending on how busy it is, the course should occupy the family for around an hour.  There’s also a small shop where you can buy dino and pirate themed toys, most of which are inexpensive. Outside there’s a playground near the cafe where the kids can play while you have a drink.

The Adventure Golf costs £21 for two adults and two children. Information about their opening times and prices can be found on their website.

Disclosure: We were invited guests of Bents Garden and Home and we were not asked to pay for our golfing session, though we have paid previously and would do again.

Days Out: Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf at Bents Garden & Home

Over the Easter weekend we hopped in the car and drove from South Manchester to Bents Garden & Home, near Leigh, Greater Manchester. We’d heard that they had recently opened the Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf course and we thought we’d take our six year old dinosaur enthusiast to check it out.

Days Out: Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf at Bents Garden & Home

The Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf course at Bents Garden & Home is nine holes of dinosaur excitement. Tucked away in a corner of the garden centre, out by the lake the Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf is certain to appeal to all ages of dinosaur or crazy golf enthusiasts.

We made our way to the Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf shop where you buy your round (or rounds) and pick up your golf club, ball and score card. The shop also sells a small range of dinosaur related gifts and outdoor games. In one side of the shop there’s a dinosaur dig area where little ones can brush away the sand to discover the remains of a dinosaur.

Days Out: Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf at Bents Garden & Home

When we arrived it was pretty busy. We had to wait around ten minutes in a queue before we could tee off. The course seems to be in a bit of a windy spot. It was a bit chilly in the wind, so if it’s not a glorious day make sure you’re layered up. It wasn’t a problem that we had to wait a few minutes. There was plenty to look at and our miniature paleontologist filled the time by pointing out some of the dinosaurs he could see and telling us a bit about them.

Days Out: Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf at Bents Garden & Home

The golf course itself was lots of fun. It was challenging at times but just the right level for my six year old. We all had fun, but really it was the surroundings and the novelty with made it. If I had to find something to criticise; at other crazy golf courses, they’ve had a sign suggesting what a good par would be (the ideal number of shots for each hole). I missed being able to see if I was doing well or not so well.

Days Out: Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf at Bents Garden & Home

The Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf course is on a fairly small plot, but it’s packed with dinosaurs. There are a couple of life-sized animatronic dinosaurs which roar and make noises. There are also lots of static dinosaurs which are close enough to get a good look at. The course is planted with Jurassic style trees, grasses and plants. It’s very, very well done.

Days Out: Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf at Bents Garden & Home

Our son absolutely loved it and is very keen to go back again soon. If you or your kids love dinosaurs then the Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf at Bents Garden & Home really is unmissable.

A round of golf for over 12’s is £4.90, ages 4-11 £4 and under 4’s it’s £3. A family ticket is available at £16. The course is open 10am – 5.30pm, last admittance is at 5pm.

For more information about Jurassic Cove Adventure Golf at Bents Garden & Home, visit their website.

We paid for our visit in full.

Christmas Decoration Trends 2016

Over the weekend I was invited to a Christmas preview event at Bents Garden Centre in Glazebury near Warrington. Bents is famous for their Christmas displays, decorations and products, so I went along to see what would be hot this coming festive season. So what are the Christmas Decoration Trends for 2016?

Christmas Decoration Trends 2016

Steampunk

Steampunk style decorations, particularly clocks are everywhere this year. From replacing the star on the top of the tree, being feature decorations, to festively attired wall hangings, the steampunk influence is everywhere. Using less gaudy metallic tones that you’d traditionally see on a Christmas tree, the muted tones of steampunk bring a more masculine, contemporary feel to your Christmas tree.

Christmas decoration trends

Woodland themes

The woodland theme will be everywhere this Christmas, appealing to both adults and children you’ll find foxes, owls, deer and other woodland creatures nestling in the branches of Christmas trees. Not to mention stand alone centrepieces featuring large owls and majestic stags. Embrace the woodland theme fully, or hint at it with a statement piece or two.

Christmas decoration trends

1950’s Nostalgia 

Christmas Decoration Trends 2016

Think white picket fences, big wreaths on brightly painted doors, and little 50’s style retro touches. We all have heirloom Christmas decorations we like to get out at Christmas or hang on the tree, I have some lovely original 1950’s decorations I carefully get out and display each year. This Christmas decoration trend is surely a recreation of that. Nostalgia for the Christmas trees belonging to our parents and grandparents.

Christmas Decoration Trends 2016

Muted Tones

In stark contrast to the traditional reds and golds of years gone by, this year soft pinks, eucalyptus, champagne and dusky golds are taking centre stage, and very restful they are too.  

Christmas decoration trends

Frosty, ephemeral tones are in and all over the place. They’re soft and feminine and the perfect antidote to the brash and brassy Christmas decorations you might have tired of. These soft, subtle tones ooze sophistication. 

Christmas decoration trends

Christmas is a time for expressing your own personal style. For pushing the boat out and making a statement about you and your home. I was enchanted by the woodland themes and the soft pinks, eucalyptus, champagne and dusky golds were beautifully restful. But I’m a traditional girl and I was very, very taken by the 1950’s nostalgia.

christmas decoration trends

Whatever your personal taste; traditional or contemporary, Bents Garden Centre is well worth a visit in the run up to Christmas. Their Christmas shop opens to the public on 12th October 2016, you never know, you might even spot Father Christmas whilst you’re there!

Bents Garden & Home, Warrington Road, Glazebury, Nr Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 5NT    

Christmas decoration trends