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Bowls

Played outdoors on a flat square of grass, or indoors on an artificial surface, bowls involves throwing/rolling a ball to end up as close to a target as possible.

See Also:
Petanque

An Overview of Bowls

Bowls truly is the sport for all - all ages, all sexes and all abilities.

There are many different formats of the game recognised – flat green outdoor, flat green indoor, crown green and short mat – so there are plenty of opportunities for you to give it a go.

Bowls is also a relatively cheap game compared to other sports, whether you choose to join an indoor or outdoor club, or 'pay and play' at your local park.

Benefits

  • Lawn bowls provides open-air exercise
  • Comradeship
  • Improved mental and physical facilities

Costs

The cost of taking up lawn bowls varies from club to club, so it is always best to contact your local one direct to find out the exact prices. Some clubs ask only for a one off membership fee, but most ask for an annual fee, plus an additional playing fee. Some also offer sessions where you can pay and play.

Equipment

Playing equipment consists of:

  • A set of 4 matched bowls
  • The jack - a small white ball
  • A mat

Facts

  • The 1930 British Empire Games - the first of what would later become known as the Commonwealth Games - were also the first to feature lawn bowls as one of just seven sports on the programme.

Find Bowls Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Mobile Me Out & About

Thu, 16 May 2019

Mobile Me Out and About is a physical activity programme for the over 65s.

National Governing Bodies

Bowls England

Contact Name
Bowls England General Enquiries
Contact Email
enquiries@bowlsengland.com
Contact Telephone
01926 334609

British Crown Green Bowling Association

Contact Name
Bowls England General Enquiries
Contact Email
enquiries@bowlsengland.com
Contact Telephone
01926 334609

English Indoor Bowling Association

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Email
enquiries@eiba.co.uk
Contact Telephone
01664 481900

Broadland Sports Club

Broadland Sports Club is situated in the heart of rural Norfolk. Facilities include a fully equipped gymnasium, sauna, steam room and swimming pool.

Cawston Bowls Club

Just Summer time. Outdoor club. Please call for more information.

Cromer Sports Centre

One of three Community Sports Centres in North Norfolk offering affordable sporting and physical activity opportunities to the whole community. Facility hire, classes, children's holiday activities, birthday parties, events and more...

High Kellinh SMBC

Short mat bowls club.

BSC Cantley Bowls Club

A small, friendly village club afiliated to the Norfolk EBA and county federation league, we also play in the Malta Cup and Yarmouth league.

Chair Based Exercise Class

Chair Based Exercise Class

Exercise class for older adults to help improve mobility, balance and strength.
Only £2

Nifty Fifty's

Nifty Fifty's

This is a fun group for over 50's with a mixture of badminton, table tennis, bowls and use of the gym. Only
£1.40 with a Go4Less card or £2.25 without
Free cup of tea at 3pm

H.I.I.T

H.I.I.T

High intensity interval fitness class.
Only £2

Circuits

Circuits

A fun circuits class for all fitness levels
Only £2

Circuits

Circuits

A fun fitness circuits class
Only £2

Active Kidz

Active Kidz

Fun sports and fitness coaching session for 9-12 year olds
50p

Short Mat Bowls

Short Mat Bowls

Our dance studio is transformed into a short mat bowls lane. This class is player led and perfect for beginners to avid bowls players.

Out & About- Beginners Bowls for older adults

Out & About- Beginners Bowls for older adults

Beginners bowling for for adults approaching & over 65

Bowls Development Alliance - Play Bowls Package

4:41pm - Fri 27th September, 2019

£250 is available for affiliated Bowls England and English Indoor Bowls Association (EIBA Ltd) to deliver a Play Bowls Day (Open Day) followed by 4 x Play Bowls 4 Fun sessions, which are an informal, relaxed, coaching session with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment!

Bowls England Development Loan

Development Loans are available for Bowls clubs affiliated with Bowls England and relates to any item such as clubhouse improvements, fencing, car parks and changing rooms and loans of up to £20,000 (free of interest), repayable over up to eight years, are available.

Bowls England Coaching Bursary

Coaching Bursary Scheme to assist members of affiliated clubs who wish to obtain a Coach Bowls qualification.