Bournemouth Bowling Club

Every month Bowlaway will be featuring one of the clubs we regularly use to host matches. This month our club of the month is Bournemouth Bowling Club.

Bournemouth Bowling Club is situated within Meyrick Park, just a ten-minute walk from central Bournemouth. With a unique Grade II listed clubhouse situated between the two greens Bournemouth Bowling Club is an attractive and friendly club. The club has a private off-street car park, and there is a golf course, a fully equipped gym and tennis court within spitting distance. An independent cafe and a fully licensed bar are available for club members and the public alike with a very attractive terrace overlooking the greens. The club is an ideal setting for parties, wedding receptions or craft fairs which have been accommodated in the past.

Bournemouth Bowling Club MenBournemouth has a reputation for being a very friendly club. They run three league teams on a Saturday afternoon within the Bournemouth & District Bowling Association League; one in the Premier League, and two in the Saturday Triples League. There are also two teams in the Tuesday Evening Triples league and their ladies are well represented in these teams and in their own B&DBA League fixtures played on Thursday afternoons. Bowlaway’s match co-ordinator Geoff Jones is a member!

Hampshire County, Bournemouth & District matches, a club sponsored Wednesday Morning Triples League, club competitions and club friendlies take place throughout the season offering plenty of bowling for all. Bournemouth Bowling Club have a lively social calendar with regular non-bowling functions throughout the year; evening meals, tours, day trips, dinner dances, coffee mornings, etc.

Bournemouth Bowling Club was founded in 1903after a Bournemouth councillor first encountered bowls on a holiday to Scotland.  On his return he persuaded the local Croquet club to release one of their playing areas for one Friday afternoon per fortnight. Within 3 months over half of the croquet club members were playing bowls, and in January 1903 permission was granted for the second croquet area to be re-designated as a “proper” bowling green. Thus Bournemouth Bowling club was born! The same year Bournemouth Council sponsored the first event – an open tournament that attracted 23 entries. This event grew into the world-renowned Bournemouth Open Tournament and Bournemouth Bowling Club was tournament headquarters for over 100 years. The club is proud to hold two very enviable records :

The 1st and only Club to win the County Fours, Triples, Pairs, Singles, under 25’s and County Club Championship in the same year – 1998
The youngest ever winner of the County Singles in 1993 with Nicky Jones

In 1992 they won the EBA fours at Worthing with Ian Rawlinson, Chris Stanger, Mark Warren and Nicky Jones, and in 1993 the same four were the runners up in the British Isles Championship.

Bournemouth Bowling Club regularly hosts teams from Bowlaway and if you’d like to play here get in touch and we’ll organise a tour to include this friendly and well-organised club.

Get Bowled Away for Summer

Summer is here and bowling season is in full swing. We hope you’ve got your bowls tour to Bournemouth organised. If not, give Rob a call  on 01202 972130 to organise next year’s tour!

In the meantime here’s a video from Canadian club Nutana Bowls to get you in the mood for a summer of bowling. Alex Scott is a world-class competitive lawn bowler and a freestyle rapper trying to promote his club to the younger generation.

Hopefully that’s got you all itching to get out onto the green. Bournemouth has some great bowling clubs and some great weather (unfortunately no hip-hop as far as we know) so why not book a Bowls tour to Bournemouth!

Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament 2018

Bowlaway is proud to be a sponsor of the 101st Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament 2018 and we welcome both bowlers and spectators to Bournemouth.

The first Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament in 1909 as “The Bowling Championship of the South Coast” and attracted 62 entrants.

Fast forward to 2018 and the 101st Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament. The tournament now attracts over 350 entrants from across the UK.

Bowlaway has been sponsoring this event since 2008 and look forward to being a part of this year’s tournament.

This year Argyll Bowls Club will play host to the final and prize money is expected to be £5,000.00

Visit our Bournemouth Open page to find out more about the tournament, download an entry form and book accommodation with Bowlaway.

We look forward to seeing you in Bournemouth and wish you all a successful tournament.

Bowlaway Hotel of The Month

This month’s hotel of the month is the fabulous Marsham Court Hotel

Modern facilities with a Victorian charm and quirkiness just a stone’s throw from the beach and the town centre.

The Marsham Court hotel, together with the Bowlaway team can create memorable bowls tours for both bowlers and non-bowling partners.

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

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