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In the UK no one plays outdoor bowls in winter (or certainly not on grass).  Here we outline the options for those who wish to continue playing after our green closes.



Carpet bowls

Indoor bowls
Carpet bowls takes place at the Club The nearest indoor stadium is at West Denton

The Elvaston clubhouse is the venue for our carpet bowls section, which is open to anyone, including members of other outdoor clubs, or indeed those who do not play at all in the summer.


The basic principle of carpet bowls is the same as the full-size form of the game, but there is the added complication of an obstacle in the middle of the carpet to ensure that players use the bias rather than bowling too fast down the middle of the mat.  This is why the game is known as "round the stick" in Scotland.  The mat length is much shorter than a full rink size, and the bowls and jack are correspondingly smaller.
Indoor bowls, as the term is generally used, refers to a form of the game which is essentially the same as the outdoor version.  It is also played on a carpet, but within a stadium or hall with full-size rinks and equipment.

The bowls centre at West Denton has eight rinks.  There are league competitions on every day from Monday to Friday, with inter-club matches and other tournaments at weekends.  Non-competitive bowling is possible on any day, but because of the number of competitive games you really need to check before going in for a speculative game.  (NB: the direct number is 0191 447 3536, not the number given in the under-construction website.)

The Elvaston club welcomes all players.  Sessions take place on Monday and Saturday afternoons (14.30 and 14.00 respectively), and there are occasionally games against other clubs on Wednesday afternoons. For reasons of space, and with only two mats in operation, there is a limit of 16 players in each session.  The format is basically one of playing two games of seven ends each, followed by tea and then a third game, all played in a spirit of friendly rivalry!

There is absolutely no dress code - everything is extremely relaxed.  The only advice is to wear something comfortable.

Costs are £2 per session, with a membership fee of £10 per season.    

About 18 or 20 Elvaston members travel in regularly to play at West Denton, which is just west of the A69/A1 junction.  We usually play together in various permutations, so that travel is shared.  The facility is open for limited hours during the summer also

As seen from our photo of a typical session, competitive games require the typical bowling dress code of white above the waist and grey below, with proper bowling shoes. Non-competitive games have no dress code except for the requirement for bowling shoes.  These, and other equipment, are available for hire.

Current costs for playing are £2.50 per player for a two-hour game, with an annual membership of £40.

 These forms of the game are not mutually exclusive - some of our members play both.  If you are interested in either option, please call the Club Secretary (see Contact page) so that you can be put in touch with the most appropriate person.