The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, once one of Tower Hamlets’ largest employers, is responsible for lubricating the leisure hours of literally millions of people over the years. Now the building is turning its attention to providing another kind of leisure activity: crazy urban golf. The Junkyard Golf Club has been pulling in the crowds in Manchester, and it’s running a pop up at the Brewery for three months over the early summer.
Junkyard Golf is very similar to the seaside Crazy Golf game, but instead of the traditional seascape of crazy obstacles – little towers, bridges and slopes – the holes are made of traditional urban junk straight from the scrap heap. It’s urban with an underlay of inner city gothic weird. There are three nine-hole courses of weirdness and twisted junk: Pedro (Polluted Paradise), Frank (Putt Up Or Shut Up) and Helga (In Da Club).
Exercise makes you hungry, and JGC visitors will be able to fuel (or re-fuel) thanks to street food from Bart’s Dog Kart and Big Grillie Style: expect hot dogs and nachos. There are vegetarian and vegan options – but no halal food.
There will also be a range of new cocktails to emphasise the crazy golf theme: “Tee Diddy” and “Who’s Your Caddy?” Sadly, there’s only one non-alcoholic cocktail, though other soft drinks are available.
•The Old Truman Brewery is at 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL. The Junkyard Golf Club will be open seven days a week from 12th May until 7th August, from 11am-11pm. There’s a rare and welcome sensible pricing policy: weekday and Sunday tickets are £8.50 per person, and Friday and Saturday tickets are £9.50. Tickets go on sale at 6pm on 11th April.
The venue is accessible by lift and there are disabled toilets. Some of the Junkyard holes are not playable by people using wheelchairs. Guide dogs are allowed, but the attraction has a noisy and has a nightclub/bar ambience, so your guide dog may not enjoy a visit. Carers accompanying a disabled person can enter the bar/spectator area without needing to pay, but would need to buy a ticket if they enter the course and play.
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