For Short Mat bowls tours there are a number of short mat bowling clubs within a 45 minute journey from Bournemouth and some of these take in beautiful Dorset scenery on the journey. These clubs include:
- Verwood Short Mat Bowling Club (at Verwood Leisure Centre)
- West Moors Short Mat Bowling Club
- Orca Short Mat Bowling Club in Poole
- Three Legged Cross Short Mat Bowling Club
- Braeside Short Mat Bowling Club
- Flight Refuelling Sports & Social Club in Wimborne
- Lytchett Minster Short Mat Bowling Club
- Six Penny Handley Village Hall Short Mat Bowling Club
As far as we know most of these clubs have 2, 3 or 4 mats so for larger groups it is often preferable to play two matches on the same day at different venues or a ‘roll-up’ to give everyone in the party chance to bowl.
Short mat bowls is thought to have started in Wales in the mid-20th century, but only became an organised sport in 1984 when the English Short Mat Bowling Association (ESMBA) was formed. Short mat bowling rules were introduced later that year.
In less than 30 years the ESMBA membership has grown to over 24,000 bowlers. The ESMBA has also introduced a number of short mat bowling championships – inter county championships, national championships and junior championships.
Short mat bowls is a fun and easily accessible sport, and a short mat bowls tour could be a lot of fun for lawn bowlers too.
More information about short mat bowling can be found at the English Short Mat Bowling Association