A magical mini-golf experience is coming to York city centre – and you can be a part of it

Phil Pinder (left) and Ben Fry launch their Crowdfunder campaign to bring a new family-fun experience to York. Photographs: Frank Dwyer
10 Sep 2020 @ 12.01 am
| Business

York is set to gain a new year-round attraction that the ‘hole’ family will love.

And you can be a part of it.

Two city entrepreneurs are planning to open an indoor mini-golf centre in the Coppergate Centre.

Phil Pinder and Ben Fry have already shown they have the magic touch when it comes to creating a family-friendly York business. They are the team behind The Potions Cauldron on Shambles – which has proved to be a huge hit with residents and visitors alike.

Their new idea builds on this wizard theme – a mini-golf playground filled with wonderful enchantments.

If that hasn’t got you hooked, wait till you hear its name…

Join the crowdfunder

An artist’s impression of the new attraction

It will be called The Hole In Wand Wizard Golf!

With early concepts for the different holes called Dragon’s Breath, Unicorn’s Folly and The Enchanted Forest, you get a sense of the fun that awaits.

They hope to open it in the former home of Patisserie Valerie in the Coppergate Centre in early 2021.

To make the magic happen, the team are looking for support from wizard fans in the community. They are aiming to raise £20,000 via a crowdfunding campaign.

In exchange for this support they have dreamed up a series of special offers, all with membership to their new ‘Magic Wanders’ club included.

Phil and Ben have made a huge success of The Potions Cauldron, which now supplies Hamleys of London and countless other stockists across the UK, as well as welcoming thousands of protege witches and wizards each year to their Shambles shop.

And they are sure they have another winner with The Hole In Wand.

Inspired idea

Phil and Ben are joined by William and Emily Arnill to try their hand at ‘wizard golf’ on York’s Shambles

“We are so lucky to live and work in York, but when I come into town with my kids I sometimes struggle to find something that the whole family can all enjoy year-round,” said Ben, who is also York’s Town Crier.

“That’s what inspired the idea behind The Hole In Wand – an experience that all ages can enjoy and, importantly, keep returning to time and time again.”

Any money raised by the crowdfunding campaign will be in addition to the duo’s own investment.

It will open in the former Patisserie Valerie shop in Coppergate. Photograph: Richard McDougall

Phil, who is also chair of the city’s retail forum, said: “What we’ve done with our crowdfunding packages is to think about how we can add real value to what we are offering.

“From the smallest donation to our top package, everyone will be an equal member of our Magic Wanders Club.

“Whatever you can give you will get something spellbinding back and you will be a big part of our story.”

Keep up with the progress of the campaign on social media using #HoleInWand.