Three Day Darts Lock-in at Minehead Butlins…Player Champs Finals go Mad!
I’ve just read something on a PDC press release that I thought was an early April fools to begin with (I’m still suspicious) – but I’m being assured it’s no joke. First of all I thought it felt a bit like the events in the BDO – darts at a holiday camp. But after some disappointing crowds in Doncaster for the Player Champs finals, maybe a dramatic change of tack was needed. Thinking about it – it is tempting… 3 days of darts (6 sessions), 3 nights accommodation, food thrown in (I think).. all you need is beer money and some stamina! It could be like a darts based long weekend stag do! In fact if you are getting married in December, there you go! It’s also pretty cheap when you think that six session of darts @ £25 would be £150… you can get a package for £150 ish which includes everything, so that’s pretty good going.
UPDATE: I’m going to be there all 3 days. Get in! My good friend (and darts nut) Kay has phoned up at 9am on the dot today, and booked a 4 room Gold apartment. Sounds great to me So if you do book to go, I’ll see you there, as I’m sure we’ll all end enjoying the party atmosphere.. I may even take my speedos! (that’s a joke, don’t worry!).
THE Cash Converters Players Championship will be held from November 30-December 2 2012 in Minehead at the Butlins resort. The £250,000 tournament – featuring the top 32 players from the final ProTour Order of Merit in November – will be split across three days in 2012 and screened live on ITV4.
The Cash Converters Players Championship will take place in the Skyline Pavilion, as top-class darts returns to the south-west of England. The tournament was won last December by Kevin Painter, who defeated Mark Webster in the final to claim the first major title of his career, and has previously seen Phil Taylor and Paul Nicholson claim the trophy since being introduced in 2009.
Other stars battling across 32 qualifying events this year include World Champion Adrian Lewis, Dutch favourite Raymond van Barneveld, reigning Premier League Darts champion Gary Anderson, world number three James Wade and Australian star Simon Whitlock.
Taunton-based Justin Pipe – who has moved up to 20th in the world this year – is also set to represent Somerset in the tournament, with Scottish-born Anderson also based in the south-west. The tournament will begin on Friday afternoon, with the first round spread across two sessions on the opening day before the second round takes place across two sessions on Saturday.
Sunday will see the quarter-finals held in the afternoon before the last four return on Sunday evening to contest the semi-finals and final.
Packages for the Cash Converters Players Championship weekend start from £129pp to include three nights’ accommodation, tickets for the duration of the tournament plus all live entertainment and access to the majority of resort facilities such as Splash Waterworld, fun fair and most sports facilities.
Packages will be available for a Priority Sales period on Monday April 2 & Tuesday April 3 for LIVEPDC.TV Annual Subscribers (as at midnight on Sunday March 18 2012).
Bookings will be taken through www.bigweekends.com/darts (not up yet) or by calling 0845 070 4735.
Packages will be released on General Sale on Wednesday April 4. Tickets are only available as part of the weekend packages, and all guests must be aged 18 or over.
All Deluxe and Gold packages include Premium Floor Seating for the Cash Converters Players Championship. Premium Floor Seating for residents with other packages is an additional £26pp, with a limited number of seats available.
A £35 deposit person is required for bookings, with the full amount to be paid eight weeks before the start of the break.
Package Prices below are per person and for three nights’ accommodation:
Deluxe Lodge (Food Court Dining) £211.50
Deluxe Lodge (Premium Dining) £228
Deluxe Suites (Food Court Dining) £201.50
Deluxe Suites (Premium Dining) £218
Gold (Food Court Dining) £197.50
Gold (Premium Dining) £214
Silver Bungalow (Food Court Dining) £176.50
Silver Bungalow (Premium Dining) £193
Silver Apartment (Food Court Dining) £169.50
Silver Apartment (Premium Dining) £186
Standard Apartment (Food Court Dining) £162.50
Standard Apartment (Premium Dining) £179
Silver Plus Room (Food Court Dining) £169.50
Silver Plus Room (Premium Dining) £186
Silver Room (Food Court Dining) £159.50
Silver Room (Premium Dining) £176
Standard Room (Food Court Dining) £152.50
Standard Room (Premium Dining) £169
Cash Converters Players Championship
Friday November 30
8x First Round matches
8x First Round matches
Saturday December 1
4x Second Round matches
4x Second Round matches
Sunday December 2
Semi-Finals & Final
All Apartments are subject to under-occupancy charges and based on four people sharing one unit of accommodation.
All room prices are based on the maximum number of guests in the unit.
Prices above are per person per break.
Tickets are only available as part of the weekend packages.
All guests must be aged 18 or over on Friday November 30 2012.