Outdoor Bowling Clubs

Outdoor bowling Clubs BournemouthWithin 10-15 minutes of Bournemouth town centre there are many outdoor bowling clubs. These are listed below together with our summary of each club based on our unofficial guide entirely based on ‘what we’ve overheard in the bar’ :

Club Name:

Argyll Bowling Club

Address: Argyll Gardens
West Overcliff Drive
Telephone: 01202 764320
Website: Argyll Bowling Club
Email [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: One of the closest clubs to the Whitehall and Arlington Hotels. Amazing location on the West Cliff overlooking the entire Poole bay. Two greens, cafe and bar, friendly bowlers, great hosts.
Club Name:

Boscombe Cliff Bowls Club

Address: Woodland Avenue
Telephone: 01202 522047
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: Home to some very successful bowlers. Well deserved winners of the silverware in the local leagues. Excellent facilities on the one green located on the cliff top on the East Cliff. Always a warm welcome for visitors
Club Name:

The Bournemouth Bowling Club

Address: Central Drive
Telephone: 01202 551325
Website: The Bournemouth Bowling Club
Overheard in the Bar: Very close to the Whitehall and Arlington Hotels in the town centre just behind the Town Hall. The headquarters for the Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament with two greens (one much praised the other less so).  Friendly club, beautiful setting surrounded by old trees and rhododendrons, nice cafe and bar (great ice cream).
Club Name:

Bournemouth Electric Bowling Club

Address: Broadway Park Broadway Lane
Telephone: 01202 530595
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: Founded in 1936. Situated a couple of miles north west of Bournemouth (in the Charminster and Castle Lane area)..
Club Name:

Kings Park Bowling Club

Address: Central Drive
Kings Park
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: Set in the centre of Kings Park. Directly opposite the football ground (Bournemouth AFC) close to Bournemouth Indoor Bowling Centre also in Kings Park.  Well maintained green, friendly bowlers, fine teas
Club Name:

Iford Bridge Bowling Club

Address: Barrack Road
BH23 2BA
Website: Iford Bridge Bowling Club
Overheard in the Bar: A local community bowling club situated between Bournemouth and Christchurch
Club Name:

Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Address: Frances Road (off Derby Road)
Telephone: 01425 654664
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: An extremely welcoming and sociable club – beware of their hospitality (club doubles have been used to weaken the opposition!) Not many ladies at the club – so mixed matches are not usually very mixed.  Competitive and successful club. The Pavilion has a great cafe, bar and south-facing sun terrace. Two greens although the second one is not often used
Club Name:

Moordown Bowling Club

Address: The Bob Davies Bowling Pavilion
Moordown Recreation Ground
Endfield Road
Website: Moordown Bowling Club
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: Home of the Bournemouth Open Bowls Tournament Ladies Finals.  Around 3 miles north of Bournemouth town centre. You won’t find a more friendly bowls club. With a pretty setting, excellent teas and welcoming bowlers – what more could you want for a friendly bowls match?
Club Name:

PelhamsBowls Club

Address: Pelhams Park
Millhams Road
BH10 7LH
Telephone: 01202 573585
Website: Pelhams Bowls Club
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: Located in Kinson (around 5 miles north of Bournemouth town centre) this is one of the prettiest greens in the area.  With an excellent pavilion, beautiful flower filled grounds and welcoming bowlers
Club Name:

Redhill Park Bowls Club

Address: Redhill Avenue
Ensbury Park
Telephone: 01202 505360
Website: Redhill Park Bowls Club
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: Situated just to the north of Bournemouth quite near to the University. The club is in an attractive setting in a community park and the bowlers are friendly
Club Name:

Richmond Park Bowls Club

Address: Fitzharris Avenue
Telephone: 01202 515435
Email: [email protected]
Website: Richmond Park Bowls Club
Overheard in the Bar: Home of the Bournemouth and District Bowling Association. Just a couple of miles north of the town centre in Bournemouth in an attractive setting
Club Name:

Southbourne Bowling Club

Address: Seafield Gardens
Guildford Road Guildford Road
Southbourne Southbourne
Bournemouth Bournemouth
Telephone: 01202 427522
Website: Southbourne Bowling Club
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: We hear so much positive feedback about this club. They have two greens which are praised; the bowlers are welcoming and friendly and the bowls is exciting and good-natured
Club Name:

Swanmore Bowling Club

Address: Swanmore Gardens
Swanmore Road
Telephone: 01202 422801
Website: Swanmore Bowling Club
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: Tucked away between Southbourne and Kings Park this is a pretty setting. A single green with a pleasant pavilion and bowlers keen to play friendly matches

A Little Further Afield

If you’re prepared to travel between 20 and 50 minutes from Bournemouth there are also these:

Club Name:

Poole Park

Address: Poole Park
Parkstone Road
BH15 2SF
Website: Poole Park Bowling Club
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: In a beautiful setting overlooking the boating lake and Poole harbour. Only around 5 miles to the west of Bournemouth the club has two excellent greens, an attractive pavilion and plenty of parking. You are sure to receive a warm welcome
Club Name:

Alexandra Park

Address: Alexandra Park
BH14 9EL
Telephone: 01202 732959
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: Alexandra Park Bowling Club is in Parkstone which is between Bournemouth and Poole
Club Name:

Branksome Park Bowling Club

Address: The Pavilion
Leicester Road
Branksome Park
BH13 6BY
Telephone: 01202 761196
Website: Branksome Park Bowling Club
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: Between Bournemouth and Poole near the well known area of Canford Cliffs. The club has six rinks in a very attractive setting of trees, flowers and bushes and an eye-catching pavilion. A friendly club and a great website (go and see!)
Club Name:

Braeside Bowling Club

Braeside Road
St. Leonards
BH24 2PJ
Telephone 01425 479701
Website: Braeside Bowling Club
Overheard in the Bar: About 10 miles north of Bournemouth. Offering all year round bowling on its artificial bowling green surface. With its spacious and comfortable club house Braeside are pleased to welcome visitors. Great website too – worth a look
Club Name:

Ringwood Bowling Club

Address: Mount Pleasant Lane
BH24 1JN
Telephone: 01425 477953
Website: Ringwood Bowling Club
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: Close to the town centre of this historic market town around 10 miles north of Bournemouth
Club Name:

Ferndown Bowling Club

Address: King George V Field
Church Road
BH22 9EN
Telephone: 01202 870259
Website: Ferndown Bowls Club
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: Situated around 5 miles north of Bournemouth. This club is based at the King George V Playing Fields
Club Name:

Dorchester Bowls Club

Address: Sandringham Centre
Armada Way
Telephone: 01305 260817
Website: Dorchester Bowling Club
e-mail: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: The home of Bowls Dorset HQ, they pride themselves on giving a warm welcome to visitors. The club celebrated its centenary in 2006 and from its modern premises on the edge of the town it offers a pleasant outdoor green with sun terrace as well as a 6 rink indoor bowls facility
Club Name:

Fordingbridge Bowling Club

Address: Stuckton Road
SP6 1AR ‎
Telephone: 01425 656092
Website: Fordingbridge Bowling Club
Overheard in the Bar: In the New Forest (approx. 20 miles north east of Bournemouth) this club will give you a warm welcome and a competitive and sociable bowls match.  They also play short mat bowls during the winter
Club Name:

Milford On Sea Bowls Club

Address: Hurst Road (Via Sea Rd or Westover Rd)
Milford-on-Sea seafront
SO41 0PY
Website: Milford on Sea Bowling Club
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: Situated on the seafront overlooking the Isle of Wight. The club was founded in 1933 and “exists for the happiness of its members” – they are happy all year round as they play short mat bowls at the club in the winter
Club Name:

New Milton Bowling Club

Address: The Bowling Green
Whitefield Road
New Milton
BH25 6DE
Telephone: 01425 612025
Website: New Milton Bowling Club
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: Situated between Bournemouth and Southampton – just one mile from the New Forest and the cliff top at Barton On Sea.  The club is close to the town centre in the Memorial Recreation Ground. It has two greens (each with six rinks) and a large modern clubhouse
Club Name:

Lymington Bowling Club

Address: Avenue Road
SO41 9GJ
Telephone: 01590 670870
Website : Lymington Bowling Club
Overheard in the Bar: A friendly outdoor club located in the centre of the picturesque town on Lymington. Around 15 miles to the east of Bournemouth (past Christchurch).
Club Name:

West Moors Memorial Bowling Club

BH22 0WX
Telephone: 01202 855745
Website: West Moors Memorial Bowling Club
Overheard in the Bar: Situated around 10 miles in-land from Bournemouth. Known for its excellent green and clubhouse.  Very keen to host friendly matches – you will get a warm welcome.  There is also a competitive and sociable Short Mat Bowls Club (2 mats in the West Moors Memorial Hall)
Club Name:

Wimborne Bowls Club

Address: Redcotts Recreation Ground
BH21 1EU
Telephone: 01202 881679
Website: Wimborne Bowling Club
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in a Bar: A friendly club started in 1908. Situated around 7 miles north of Bournemouth close to the picturesque town centre of Wimborne with its famous Minster and model village. Wimborne Bowls Club is situated in Redcotts Recreation Ground, and provides excellent outdoor lawn green bowling facilities and social events for members and guests.
Club Name:

Swanage Bowling Club

Address: Beech Gardens
Northbrook Road
BH19 1PG
Telephone: 01929 422337
e-mail: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: A friendly club in a lovely seaside  location. Swanage is situated to the west of Bournemouth – this makes a lovely day out with a journey on the Swanage ferry from Sandbanks
Club Name:

Broadstone Wessex Bowling Club

Address: Dunyeats Road
BH18 8AH
Telephone: 01202 255310
Website: Broadstone Wessex Bowling Club
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: A very popular club with our touring bowlers. They get a warm welcome, enjoy the beautiful surroundings (frequent winner of Poole in Bloom) and sociable bowls.  Located to the north west of Bournemouth (inland from Poole), the club offers up to 8 rinks for outdoor bowls as well as short mat bowls in the winter
Club Name:

Waterside Sports & Social Club

Address: 179-181 Long Lane
SO45 2PA
Telephone: 023 8089 3750
Website: Waterside Bowls Club
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: Formerly the Esso Refinery Sports & Social club.  Wonderful club facilities including two bowling greens and a clubhouse. Not a member of the Bournemouth & District Bowling Association but an excellent venue on the way to Southampton
Club Name:

Verwood Bowling Club

Address: Moorlands Road
BH31 7PD
Telephone: 01202 823339
Website: Verwood Bowling Club
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: Situated close to the Hampshire – Dorset border. It is 12 miles north of Bournemouth. The bowls club celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2010
Club Name:

Highcliffe Bowling Club

Address: Nea Meadows
Smugglers Lane South
BH23 4NG
Telephone: 01425 278639
Website: Highcliffe Bowling Club
Email: [email protected]
Overheard in the Bar: Situated in a local nature reserve so bowling is a peaceful except for the ducks, woodpeckers and other birds joining in.  Approx. 5 miles to the eat of Bournemouth (past Christchurch). A popular club with one green and a nice pavilion