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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.

This Girl Can

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

No one gets to choose how you exercise other than you. Your body, your call. And whatever that looks like, we think it’s worth celebrating.

Just Bowl

Just Bowl is a new, innovative and exciting offer that encourages individuals of all ages but particularly those 60 years and over, to get active.

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
Cobham Bowls Club

Cobham Bowls Club

An outdoor bowls club situated near Gravesend in Kent. About to develop an all weather rink with floodlights!

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RACS Gravesend Bowls Green Club

We are a family based bowls club.
Bowls is a very old games that is played the world over. The object of the games is to get your bowl as close as possible to the jacket.

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Gravesend RACS Bowls Green Club

We are a family based bowls club in medway. We are a friendly lot and new members are always welcome.

Gravesend Cricket Club

Gravesend Cricket Club

Located in Gravesend at the historic Bat and Ball Ground dating back to 1868. Offering adult and colts cricket from u8s to u19s.

We run 5 adult sides on a Saturday (league & friendly) & Sunday/Wednesday (friendly) sides.

We have a large colts sectio

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Grove Bowling Club

The Grove Bowling Club was founded in 1909 and has an excellent reputation for its sporting and social activities. The Club is situated in the 'village' area of Tunbridge Wells, near the High Street, and can be accessed from Norfolk Road and Grove Hill Ga

Queenborough Bowling Club

Queenborough Bowling Club

We are a bowling Club with mostly elderly members, playing outdoors in the summer and indoors in the winter

Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics offers a lifetime of learning through sport and benefits individuals of all ages and ability levels – from those with low motor abilities to highly skilled athletes.

Sport For Fun - Whitstable

Sport For Fun - Whitstable

A multisport session for ALL children including those with physical and learning liabilities.

Each session will include:

Meet & Greet Games/

Heart Rate Raiser/

Physical Activity Session 1

Physical Activity Session 2

Cool Down using the essence of Yoga

Bowls England Coaching Bursary

Bowls England Coaching Bursary

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

Bowls England Development Loan

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.