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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.

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

Litchfield Bowls club

Short mat indoor bowls for adults of all ages and abilities welcome. Friendly group meets every Thursday at 1.30pm - 3.30pm for games of bowls with refreshments included. Temporary loan of bowls available if required. Lots of fun, come learn how to play

Gorleston Bowls Club

Providing and promoting the sport of the green bowls for all standards, providing the opportunity for recreation and competition

Gissing Bowls Club

The club is located in the centre of the village and was formed in the early 1930’s. It owns its own green which is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers. The clubhouse has good facilities including a bar.

Norwich Brewery Bowls

A very friendly and welcoming club.

Cawston Bowls Club

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

Martham Bowls Club

Lawn Bowls Club

Mattishall Bowls Club

Lawn Bowls Club

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.