FAQs - Bowls Big Weekend


Frequently Asked Questions

Bowls is an uncomplicated sport, and we are keen to ensure that those who participate in our events can do so as easily as possible. This guidance document responds to some of the questions asked most frequently by players.

What is Bowls’ Big Weekend?

We are determined to make bowls truly accessible in order to increase participation in our sport. Bowls’ Big Weekend is the focal point of our work nationally to promote our sport and give new people the opportunity to have a go, as bowls clubs across the country open their doors for free over bank holiday weekend (24th – 27th May) for anyone to come along, try it out and see how great bowls is!

When is Bowls’ Big Weekend?

This year Bowls’ Big Weekend will run from Friday 24th May to Monday 27th May, with clubs across the country hosting on different days over the weekend. You can find clubs in your area and see when they are hosting an event.

Do I have to know how to play bowls?

Not at all – just turn up and have a go! Members from the club will be on hand to help if you want a little guidance.

Is it accessible for all?

You can find more details about the clubs accessibility when clicking on the icon on the map of clubs.

Will refreshments be provided?

Some clubs will be putting on additional activities during their event, including refreshments. You can find out more about what the club have to offer by clicking on the icon on the map of clubs taking part.

Do I have to wear anything in particular?

The only thing we ask is that you wear flat, soft soled shoes (trainers are perfect!). Otherwise, it’s just casual attire.

How much is it?

It’s completely free to take part! Just sign up to a club within your area and turn up on the day.

Why do I need to sign up?

By signing up in advance of the weekend, you will receive confirmation and all the information you need to make the most of your day. Clubs will receive a notification of your attendance, too, so they can let you know about anything specific for the area and keep you up to date ahead of your visit. You don’t need to sign up for an event, but it’s the best way to stay up to date.

Do I have to be there the whole day?

No – pop in, pop out! Just turn up whenever you like within the time slot the club has specified and have a go.

Can I bring people with me?

Of course, the more the merrier! Bowls is a sport for all.