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


Join a Bowls Tour to Bournemouth

Bowlaway have organised a weekend bowls tour at the end of October and we’d like you to join us.

Come  and join a Bowls Tour to Bournemouth and enjoy a weekend of good food, good fun and 2 great bowls matches.

Arrive Friday 28th October, and leave Monday 31st October 2016 with matches on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Throw in a cooked breakfast every morning, and a three-course meal every evening and we think it’s starting to look pretty irresistible!

See the Bowlaway website or call us now on 01202 208488 to enquire or make a booking.

Can’t Make These Dates?
If you’d like to book a group tour, but can’t make these dates then give us a call and we’ll try and get you a tour for dates that suit you.

Join a Bowls Tour to Bournemouth

Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament 2016 Results

Another successful tournament in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament 2016 Results

Boscombe Bowling Club played host to the 99th Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament. Another great week of bowls featuring bowlers from throughout the UK, playing at a number of greens across Bournemouth. Bowlaway is proud to have been a sponsor of this event and we look forward to the 100th annivesary festival of bowls in 2017.

Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament 2016 Results

Ladies Singles Results

Marie Charles (Argyll) 21 – 14 Gill Rice (Old Dean)

Ladies Pairs Results

Virginia Smith (Sutton) & Linda Thorogood (Unattached) 22 – 14 Jennie Cooper & Pat Horgan (Redhill Park)

Ladies Triples Results

Mags Eldridge, Laura Kitcher & Lauren Kerr (Whitchurch) (Kings Park) 20 – 17 Gill Barron, Sue Smith & Theresa Lewis

Mens Singles Results

Gavin Taylor (Yellow) 21 – 15 Alan Geary (Red)

Mens Pairs Results

Rick Gallagher (Carlisle Subscription) & Peck Orchard (Silloth) 28 – 14 Colin Bingley & Vic Druce (Bournemouth)

Mens Triples Results

Paterson, M. Brocklebank & D. Kerr (Yellow) 24 – 9 R. Gibson, A. Whitham & G. Creighton (Red)

Mixed Pairs Results

Rick Gallagher & Sue Dillon (Carlisle Subs.) (Swanmore) 19 – 17 Julie Hudson & Chris Daniels (Swanmore) (Boscombe Cliff)


Entries have already opened for the 100th Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament in 2017