Bowlaway Hotel of the Month

Bowlaway have some great hotels ready to welcome your bowls tour to Bournemouth.
We thought we’d feature one a month, and this month we’d like to introduce you to the Collingwood Hotel.

Bowlaway Hotel of the Month - Collingwood

Just 3 minutes from centre of town and the beach, the Collingwood is a traditional, family run hotel.

Its superb facilities and exceptionally high standards make the Collingwood one of Bournemouth’s best 3 star hotels.

Find out more about the Collingwood and have a look at some of the other hotels available to Bowlaway Bowls Tours.

Get ready for the ‘Evolution of Bowls’

The evolution is coming in the form of the International Bowls Corporation.

Graham Carley and Chris Aitken are two bowlers who think bowls needs ‘a breath of fresh air’, and they’re ready to deliver just that!

Stepping away from ‘Traditional’ bowls the pair plan to introduce shorter games, eliminate dress codes and get spectators involved.

The first IBC event will be the ‘IBC UK Open’. A tournament open to everyone with five qualifying events across the UK leading to the final at Desborough (Northamptonshire) Outdoor Bowling Club on the 29th July 2018.

Latest details on the IBC website.

The International Bowls Corporation will stream all games live on social media, and look forward to receiving feedback from bowlers – ‘… we want to talk to bowlers, so many have some excellent ideas and concepts to help keep our game moving forward but don’t get heard… the IBC are all ears bowlers.’

Bowlaway wishes the IBC well, and we look forward to watching some of these matches.

Read the full International Bowls Corporation press release here!


Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament 2017 Programme

The Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament 2017 Programme is now available, and all competitors should have received a copy in the post.


Apart from the tournament lists and competition rules, the programme also lists details of prize money and competition rules.

There is information on all the tournament greens; contact details and addresses.

If you are a competitor and you do not have a copy of the  Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament 2017 Programme, or if you want to buy a copy for £1.50 please contact the organisers  on 01202 427522.

Bowlaway is pleased to be a sponsor for the 100th Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament and we look forward to seeing you there.

European Masters 2017

The Co-op Funeralcare European Masters 2017 –  4th to 7th May 2017.

This tournament is a straight knockout event of singles that runs down to only two semi-finals. Both semi-finals winners are awarded the title of Co-op Funeralcare European Masters Champions and receive a guaranteed place into the first round of any World Bowls Tour (WBT) Ranking event held in the forthcoming season. Some of these events include the Scottish International Open, the World Indoor Championships and the International Open.

The European Masters 2017 takes place at  Newton Hall Holiday Park in Staining, near Blackpool and is free for all spectators.

There are two sections –  with each section’s winner being given the reward with the much valued Tourcard Entry. Matches are two sets of 9 ends with a three end tie break if needed with the exception of the two finals which will be two sets of 11 ends and a three end tie break if needed.

On the Draw and schedules the Rinks that are marked as TV Rink are matches that will be streamed live on Youtube

Here’s the International Open 2017 Final at the same venue on the 10th March 2017



£10,000 Prize Money for Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament

 2017 marks the 100th year of the Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament  and this year features £10,000.00 prize money!

The tournament takes place from Sunday 6th August to Saturday 12th August 2017

£10,000 Prize Money for Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament

Prize Money Breakdown

Event Winner R/U Semi-finalist
Mens Singles £2,400.00 £1,200.00 £400.00
Mens Pairs £1,000.00 £500.00 £150.00
Mens Triples £720.00 £300.00 £150.00
Mixed Pairs £500.00 £300.00 £100.00
Ladies Singles £400.00 £200.00 £100.00
Ladies Pairs £250.00 £150.00
Ladies Triples £210.00 £90.00

Other prizes include up to £500 of spot prizes in the men’s singles first round and prelims. £75 for the highest score against the men’s singles winner up to and including the quarter-finals.

This fantastic prize money should attract some excellent competition, and make this one of the most exciting tournaments of the year.

Have you entered?

Download the Bournemouth Open 2017 entry form

 Book Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament Accommodation

Only £40pppn B&B (min 4 nights)

This offer is available to bowlers and spectators and can only be booked by calling the hotel directly

The Whitehall – 01202 554682 The Arlington – 01202 552879



Bournemouth Indoor Bowls Club Open Days

If you have friends or family in the Bournemouth area who don’t already play indoor bowls, here’s a great opportunity for them to try it out!

Bournemouth Indoor Bowls Club Open Days take place on:

  • Saturday 14th January, 2017 –  12 to 4 pm
  • Saturday 4th February, 2017 –  12 to 4 pm
  • Saturday 4th March, 2017 –  12 to 4 pm

Bournemouth Indoor Bowls Club (BIBC) would like to invite people of all ages who have not had the opportunity to try out indoor bowls (not 10-Pin Bowling !) to come along to one of their open days and have a go!

Recent news articles have highlighted the importance of being active – for both physical and mental well-being! BIBC is a friendly club that welcomes new members.

Bournemouth Indoor Bowls Club boasts one of the largest greens in Europe, containing 9 rinks. It is located in Kings Park – Kings Park Drive, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 6JD.

Bournemouth Indoor Bowls Club Open Days

Joining the BIBC

There are a number of membership types, and the option of a season ticket for unlimited play or a  Pay As You Go membership.

There are Organised Open Play (OOP) sessions from 10.00am to 12.00pm and 12.00pm to 2.00pm on Tuesdays & Fridays as well as 6.00pm to 8.00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays.  Members are invited to join these OOP sessions which are designed to help new members integrate into the club.

Saturday Spoon Drives from 10.00am to 12.00pm are a new social bowling event introduced in Dec 2016 for Club Members Only. Simply turn up and register by 9.50am, pay a £1.00 entry fee and you will be in the draw and have a chance to lift the Cash Prize Pot. This is another great opportunity to make new friends at the BIBC.

Book An Open Day

Feel free to just turn up anytime between 12:00pm and 4:00pm on the Open Days, or book a 1-hour slot with an experienced member or coach by calling BIBC on 01202 394439  or

Bowlaway Indoor Bowls Tours to Bournemouth

Bowlaway Indoor Bowls Tours to Bournemouth regularly include matches at the BIBC, and our bowlers love the friendly welcome, excellent facilities and great competition that the receive from BIBC. Find out more about the next Bowlaway Indoor Bowls Tour to Bournemouth by calling 01202 208488

Farewell to Alan Tavener

We were sad to say goodbye to our friend Alan Tavener last Tuesday.

Alan, together with his wife, Kim has been a keen bowler since joining Wimborne Bowls Club in 1992.  In 1998, Alan and Kim moved to Bournemouth and became members of Moordown Bowls Club. Alan went on to join the committee, and only a week before his death was elected club president. Alan also served on the executive committee of the Bournemouth and District Bowling Association from 2007 to 2011. Alan was also a stalwart of the Bournemouth Open Tournament Committee, becoming the Chairman in 2011.


Bowlaway has worked closely with Alan over the years to make the Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament a success, and we will miss his contribution.

This year sees the 100th anniversary of the tournament, and there is a record prize of £10,000.00.

The tournament committee and sponsor Bowlaway will ensure that Alan’s memory is honoured by making this centenary tournament a great success.


Another Bowlaway Tourists Weekend to Bournemouth

Another Bowlaway Tourists Weekend to Bournemouth

Bowlaway is looking forward to another Bowlaway Tourists Weekend to Bournemouth.

Bowlers from across the UK come to Bournemouth in October to enjoy a fun (and competitive!) weekend of bowls.

This is the third Tourists Weekend organised by Bowlaway and it is proving to be very popular.

The previous two tournaments were held in February and October 2016, and the feedback from bowlers was great.

Find out more about an Indoor Bowls Tour and book yourself a little bright spot in the middle of February.



Summer Bowls Tours 2016

Bowlaway welcomed 30 bowls tours to Bournemouth during the outdoor season 2016.

bowlers-arly-201609-1 We have had over 1200 bowlers through our doors and have booked around 120 matches for them at our local clubs. Bowlaway bowlers were well-received at the clubs, and everyone seemed to enjoy their matches, whatever the result! The weather was particularly kind this summer, and very few matches were affected by it.

bristolstandrews201606The bowlers all stayed at one of our 2 hotels, The Arlington or Whitehall Hotel in central Bournemouth and the feedback was very positive. The friendly efficiency of the staff at both hotels was commented on, and there were numerous compliments on the food.

Bowlaway offer an ‘all inclusive’ bowls tour service that’s designed to be hassle free for the organiser and includes accommodation, bowls matches and transport if required.
Bowlaway are now looking forward to welcoming clubs for the indoor season, and we have already organised a Bowlaway Tourists weekend for the end of October, which still has some availability.

Bowlaway are already taking bookings for the 2017 outdoor season. Talk to Bowlaway if you are interested in a bowls tour to Bournemouth – indoor or outdoor. Call 01202 208488