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Bowls is a popular summer sport in Glasgow and is generally played outdoors on a flat square of grass, or indoors on an artificial surface. The aim of the sport is to roll a bowl closer to the jack than your opponent.

An Overview of Bowls

Bowls truly is the sport for all - all ages, all sexes and all abilities.

There are many different formats of the game recognised – flat green outdoor, flat green indoor, crown green and short mat – so there are plenty of opportunities for you to give it a go. Bowls is also a relatively cheap game compared to other sports, whether you choose to join an indoor or outdoor club, or play for free at your local park between March - September.

Glasgow has the fantastic Kelvingrove Bowls and Tennis Pavillion which offers free bowls throughout the summer months as well as a number of bowling pavilions in parks through the city. We are also the host to a number of fantastic bowls clubs which offer great membership packages and opportunities to play the sport.

Benefits

  • Bowls is a sport which be enjoyed alone or played in singles or doubles competition. It is a fun and challenging sport which can be enjoyed by all!
  • Lawn bowls is a great way to get open air exercise.
  • Allows people to meet new friends and socialise.
  • Improved mental and physical abilities.

Costs

Glasgow Life offer access to free bowls between March - September in different parks across the city.

The cost of taking up lawn bowls varies from club to club, so it is always best to contact your local one direct to find out the exact prices. Some clubs ask only for a one off membership fee, but most ask for an annual fee, plus an additional playing fee. Some also offer sessions where you can pay and play.

Involvement

To be involved you can attend one of the Glasgow Life pavilions between March - September. Please contact them in advance to make sure they are open!

Equipment

Bowls equipment is provided at Glasgow Life pavilions and is free of charge. This will generally be the case at Bowls clubs however there may be varying membership fees to access the club.

Playing equipment consists of:

  • A set of 4 matched bowls
  • The jack - a small white ball
  • A mat

Facts

  • The 1930 British Empire Games - the first of what would later become known as the Commonwealth Games - were also the first to feature lawn bowls as one of just seven sports on the programme.

Find Bowls Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Community Sport Hubs

Community Sport Hubs bring together sport clubs and key local partners who want to develop and grow the sporting offering in the community.

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National Governing Bodies

Bowls Scotland

Contact Email
info@bowlsscotland.com
Contact Telephone
01292294623
Dennistoun & Area Community Sports Hub

Dennistoun & Area Community Sports Hub

Partnership of sports and activity providers delivering activity in the Dennistoun Area. Linking sports activity to community needs is the key to everything that DACSH undertakes.
A number of venues are used, with the main hub being in Alexandra Park.

Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls and Tennis Centre

Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls and Tennis Centre

Great news… Tennis and Lawn bowls are back at Kelvingrove.

Bookings can be made on the Glasgow Club app, download it here:

https://download.mobilepro.uk.com/a/A240?p=6

Queens Park Tennis and Bowls

Queens Park Tennis and Bowls

Great news… Tennis and Bowls are back at Queens Park!

Bookings can be made on the Glasgow Club app, download it here:

https://download.mobilepro.uk.com/a/A240?p=6

Camphill Bowling Club

Camphill Bowling Club

We are a local Lawn Bowls Club which is about providing competitive and social bowls in a warm and friendly environment.

Drumchapel Park Tennis

Drumchapel Park Tennis

Great news… Tennis is back at Drumchapel Park!

Bookings can be made on the Glasgow Club app, download it here:

https://download.mobilepro.uk.com/a/A240?p=6

Weir Recreation Club

Weir Recreation Club

Fantastic sports grounds with weekly sessions in bowling, tennis, football, cricket and archery. Our club boasts parking facilities, changing rooms and a clubhouse with bar.

Langside Sports Club

Langside Sports Club

Langside Sports Club is a friendly, multi-sports club on the south side of Glasgow and operates as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SC049764).

Victoria Park Pavilion

Victoria Park Pavilion

Offering free tennis, bowling, putting and basketball between March - September.