The Scarborough Bowls Centre was built on the site of the former Floral Hall Theatre  and opened in 1989 when it was named the Alexandra Bowls Centre.

The Centre’s name came from Princess Alexandra, who opened a number of tourist attractions in Scarborough at the turn of the century including the nearby Peasholm Park.

 

 

 

 

The Centre was managed by Scarborough Borough Council but by 2001 the future of indoor bowling in the area looked bleak, especially when a change in the the use of the building was considered. Keen local bowlers then decided to form a new charitable company, ‘Scarborough Indoor Bowls Centre Ltd’ specifically to lease the Centre from the Council and manage it themselves.
Backed by the Council, the new company spent over £100,000 on the Centre to bring it up to the highest international standards. The project included the installation of a new laser-levelled green, a completely new ceiling incorporating dazzle free lighting and significant modifications to the heating and ventilation system. With the work completed the Bowls Centre was officially re-opened on Saturday 27th September 2003, when two International Champions, Andy Thompson and Amy Monkhouse played demonstration matches against local champions in front of an invited audience.
The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor and Mrs Herbert Tindall, officially opened the Bowls Centre when they presented keys to the youngest member of the Scarborough Indoor Bowls Club, 10-year old Natalie Devonshire and the oldest member 89 year old Jim Hazell.

In April 2013, Scarborough Bowls Centre received £50,000 of National Lottery funding to upgrade the lighting at the Centre, which has helped many local people, both young and old, get into sport since it opened its doors in 1989.  Among those who learned to bowl at the club are Carole McLean, the Centre’s most successful lady bowler who was national Champion and regularly represented England up to the moment of her untimely death in 2011.  The Centre’s Junior Section coaching team are hoping that several of the current squad of youngsters will emulate Carole’s International achievements, with Jack Bird (17), John Hall (18), James Brown (15) and Mathew Bell (12) expected to participate at the very highest level of the sport.

The improvements to the Centre focused upon a complete new LED panel lighting scheme throughout the building with work being carried out to the bowls area, the spectator viewing gallery, the Club’s function suite, bar and cafe areas and staff rooms and offices.   Lighting levels are now much improved, with a cleaner, crisper, more natural light enhancing bowls games for players and spectators alike.  The installation of new technology LED panels will also help reduce the Centre’s energy bills in future years.  The LED lighting produces a brighter light using much less electricity than the former fluorescent tubes.  Maintenance costs have also been reduced as each unit is designed to last up to 5 times longer than those prevously installed.

The Centre intends to invest all savings made on energy bills into extending the coaching courses available to anybody wishing to learn the game.  Junior school children, young adults, parents and grandparents are always welcome at the Centre and fully qualified coaches are on hand to arrange free taster sessions and affordable coaching sessions.

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Scarborough Bowls Centre
Peasholm Road
Scarborough
YO12 7TT
01723 353992
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It's a lovely sunny day here - perfect for a spot of crown green bowls. Come on down and have a go - £3.00 each, free equipment hire, and the bar is open all day 🍺🌞 ... See MoreSee Less

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Hope everyone is having a good Easter weekend - why not come down and have a drink in our well-stocked bar? Open 'til 9 tonight, Saturday and Easter Sunday
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Scarborough Indoor Bowls Club hosted a Charity Match between Scotland and England yesterday in Aid of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus..wonderful support that raised a lot of money, as yet unsure of amount raised. An afternoon of great entertainment, noise at times phenomenal, all of which added to the fun of the afternoon. Spectators treated to a few hours of great comedy, whilst not forgetting the outstanding expertise of all the bowlers taking part. Must mention Scarborough’s own youngsters who were chosen to be part of the England Team.....Jack Bird, Matthew Bell and young Nathan Richards...Three young men who have been coached since their “short trouser” days as little boys, by an excellent team of coaches within the club who give up every Sunday morning to spend time with the junior section...so many of these juniors enjoying early successes..good luck to them all, and a huge thank you to their coaches. Sorry I digressed a bit there. The exciting afternoon finished with an equally exciting finish...no one, with one end to go could have predicted the outcome of the match such was the skill of the skips who had to bowl their last wood, the noise of their respective teams trying to encourage them to send that all important last wood must have done nothing to calm the thoughts of a very nervous bowler...Scotland’s young man went onto the mat..all went silent, the wood made it’s way to the head, fantastic shot the whole place erupted as Scotland took the lead. After the usual noisy encouragement for our own Jack Bird, who was to bowl the last wood of the match, the place went silent again as the wood left his hand, it looked promising....the shouts as it hit the spot said it all, incredible shot under so much pressure took the game to a draw. Scotland retained the Trophy as they were last years winners. Well done Scotland...and a great big thank you to both teams, spectators and club volunteers alike for putting on such a great show and giving Scarborough’s Indoor Bowls well deserved praise and hopefully a little bit of fame!!!! Dawn French.. A very proud ladies Captain ... See MoreSee Less

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Final result England 148 Scotland 148, and what a great game look forward to seeing you next year well done to everyone ... See MoreSee Less

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That moment when you have to alter the "C" of Scotland, so it looks less like a "G"... :O ... See MoreSee Less

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