Bank holiday bowling bonanza

A Southgate bowls club is opening it doors this weekend for novices to try the sport for free

credit Mark Timberlake via Unsplash
credit Mark Timberlake via Unsplash

Selborne Bowling Club in Southgate is opening its doors to new players to try the sport for free as part of a ‘Bowls Big Weekend’.

Players of all ages can come along to the bowling club in Southgate for free to try their hand at the sport on Saturday, 27th May, from 10am-4pm. There is no charge for any of the sessions, with clubs welcoming children and adults to come along and sample this social, doable sport.

Last year more than 10,000 people tried the sport across Bowls’ Big Weekend, and the sport is looking to capitalise on its momentum following Team England’s record medal haul at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

The event is now in its third year, with clubs hosting free sessions across the bank holiday weekend. Bowls England chief executive Jon Cockcroft said: “If you’ve never tried bowls before, Bowls’ Big Weekend is the perfect opportunity to give it a go. Clubs across the country are offering free taster sessions as we collectively open our sport up to as many new faces as possible.

“Bowls is sociable, doable and easily accessible. Players come in all ages, from different backgrounds and all shapes and sizes. Everybody can play and it’s simple to pick up. You can play casually with friends and family, or more competitively if that’s what you’re looking for. 

“Our sport enjoyed a tremendous year in 2022 with a record medal haul at the Commonwealth Games and we are working hard to build a legacy across our fantastic, community clubs. So please do give it a go, you’ll wish you’d started sooner!”

Selborne Bowling Club can be found at the bottom of The Cherry Tree pub car park in The Green, Southgate. All that is required is flat shoes. Players are encouraged to register in advance at but can also just turn up on the day.

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