Located on St Jame’s Boulevard in Newcastle, Lane 7 brings a whole new experience to bowling. The boutique bowling alley is unlike any other in the area, with trendy decor, fantastic food and brilliant atmosphere, it really is the place to be.
It’s easy to spend the whole night at this fun venue as there’s so much to do from; dining in the American Barbecue style restaurant, enjoying a drink at one of the three bars, playing ten pin bowling, ping pong & snooker, singing like no one can hear in the sound proof karaoke room and getting competitive on the 10 player motor racing track.
As if Lane 7 didn’t already offer enough, they’ve recently added a 9 hole mini golf course to the mix.
Heading along after work one night we were greeted by a member of staff on the door who pointed us in the right direction. The mini golf course is downstairs in the basement along with 2 other bowling lanes that I didn’t even realise where there. At the little clubhouse we received our score card, clubs and rather snazzy golf balls before making our way over to the first hole.
There was some quite challenging holes which really got the competition going including trying to get the ball to go around a 360 loop (this took a good few attempts!), up steep ramps and through little archways.
As much as the holes were fun, I did feel like they were perhaps a little too close together. I appreciate Lane 7’s idea and think it’s great to now have a mini golf course within the city centre; however, I personally felt a bit weary when playing. Often when queue’s formed, it meant that people were stood very close to the hole you were playing on, and when the hole was 5ft high and involved using some force I couldn’t help but worry incase the ball came off the course and caused an injury. I could imagine this becoming a bit more risky once people have had a few drinks!
All 9 parts of the course were raised from the floor which could make play difficult or even impossible for anyone with a disability; however, all other activities at Lane 7 are accessible with the use of lifts and ramps.
The mini golf course works on a first-come-first-served basis and costs £5 per person during peak times. If you’re planning on going with family just remember that under 18’s aren’t allowed on the premises after 7pm.
Lane 7 really is a fantastic venue and is a great place to spend a day with younger family members or enjoy an alternative night of fun with friends.