Rochester Cathedral opens crazy golf course to tee-up younger generation

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The medieval nave has been transformed into an adventure course for the summer in a bid to attract a younger crowd.

Not content with offering a venue for weddings, baptisms and holy communion, Rochester Cathedral in Kent has added crazy golf to its repertoire.

The medieval nave has been transformed into an adventure course for the summer in a bid to attract a younger crowd, and encourage visitors to learn about the engineering behind the nearby Rochester Bridge.

Organisers have used the crossing over the River Medway as the main inspiration behind the nine-hole challenge, but it also features homages to similar local routes like the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at the Dartford Crossing.

The course has been paid for by the Rochester Bridge Trust – which has maintained numerous Medway crossings since medieval times – and designed by HM Adventure Golf.

It will run at the 1,400-year-old church building from 1 August to 1 September – and daytime sessions will be free.

Reverend Rachel Phillips, a priest at the cathedral, said: “The course forms the centrepiece of a Building Bridges theme running through the summer.

“As well as the physical bridge which has stood over the River Medway since Roman times, the invisible but equally historic links between the Cathedral and the surrounding community are also bridges of a kind.

“We hope that, while playing adventure golf, visitors will reflect on the bridges that need to be built in their own lives and in our world today.”

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