Last updated: January 26th 2022
We want you to have the best time when you come bowling with us, whether you're celebrating something special or just enjoying some quality family time together. That's why we've answered many frequently asked questions below to help you plan the perfect outing. For centre specific questions, please visit the centre FAQs page.
How Many People Can I go bowling with?1
In all our centres there is no limit on the amount of people who can bowl together in a group.
We have installed full height dividers between the lane seating areas. The maximum capacity we allow on each lane is 8 players.
How long does a game of bowling take?1
A game of bowling takes approximately 10 minutes per person. So if six people were bowling, it would typically last about an hour. The more players on your lane, the longer the game will last.
How many people can bowl on one lane?1
We generally advise 6 people to a lane with a maximum being 8 in some centres.
Can I bowl in my own shoes?1
Yes, we prefer everyone (adults and children) to bowl in their own shoes at our centres, as long as they are a flat soled, closed toe shoes.
How old do you have to be to bowl?1
There are no restrictions, although we suggest that given the weight of bowling balls, the minimum age for a child to bowl is four. As long as you’re fit and strong enough, there is no upper age limit, and we love to see all ages coming together to have great fun on the lanes. Of course, areas of our centres have age restrictions, so we can't allow under 18's in our bar after 9pm. Under 18's are also only allowed in our premises after 8pm with a responsible adult/parent or legal guardian. We will ask for proof of your age. The junior age range is from 0-15 years old.
What age is classed as junior for bowling?1
The junior age range is from 0-15 years old. We suggest that the minimum age for a child to bowl is 4, but it is solely dependent on the child and their ability.
What is the lightest ball you do?1
Our smallest ball is XS, which is 6lb in weight. We do have ramps that let kids push the ball at speed instead of bowling by hand, and bumpers that stop the balls going into the gutter.
Why has Hollywood Bowl introduced 'Pins on Strings' in some of its centres?1
Hollywood Bowl uses Pins on Strings technology in many of its centres. This has been introduced to help improve reliability to give our customers the best possible experience. Our Pins on Strings machines are fully endorsed by the International Bowling Federation.
What is your dress code?1
There is no set dress code, other than that we ask our guests to remove any hoods and caps so that we can see their smiling faces! Obviously, we ask that you behave appropriately and considerately at all times, which covers wearing appropriate clothing for a family centre.
Can I book bowling in advance?1
Yes. As our bowling centres can get very busy at peak times, and we don’t like turning people away, we always advise people to book online in advance. Book online or through our contact centre in advance for the best prices.
How much does a game of bowling cost?1
Our standard prices and offers can be found on your nearest centre page. Find your nearest centre here.
What is the breakdown of the family deal?1
The family deal for 4 people is for 2 adults and 2 juniors, or 1 adult and 3 juniors.
The family deal for 5 people is for 2 adults and 3 juniors, or 1 adult and 4 juniors.
Do you have to pay to watch other people bowl?1
If for whatever reason you decide not to bowl, you are welcome to watch your family and friends score those strikes from the sidelines without having to pay.
Do you offer a concession rate?1
Yes, we offer concessionary rates of around 50%. Valid for those with disabilities and their carers, and seniors*. Off-peak discount available all day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and for games booked and bowled before 6 pm Thursday and Friday. Peak discount available from 6 pm Thursday and Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday and during February, Easter, October and Christmas school holidays. Adults are aged 16 and over, juniors are aged 15 and under. Concessions are not valid at our Cwmbran centres.
* any customer aged 65 and over.
Do you offer discounts for large parties, group bookings and students?1
Yes absolutely, we are passionate about providing great party experiences for great value. Hollywood Bowl has a fantastic range of offers and party deals available. Check our party packages for more information.
Can I buy gift vouchers?1
Yes, we have vouchers available for either £10 or £20. These can be bought from your local centre directly or you can call our contact centre on 0844 826 1457^. Alternatively, if you’re interested in gift vouchers as part of employee rewards, please email [email protected] for more details or submit your enquiry to us via our contact form.
^Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your telephone company’s network access charge.
How do I cancel or amend a booking?1
To cancel or amend a booking please call our contact centre via telephone or complete the contact form on our website. There are no rights of refund or exchange and you acknowledge that the cancellation rights contained in the Consumer Protection (contracts regulations 2014) do not apply to the services we offer. We will however move your booking to a future date free of charge for you. If you contact us to do so. For full terms please see our T+Cs page.
If we haven't answered your question, please check our the FAQ page for your specific centre. Find centres here. If you're still unable to find the information you need, then please let us know by filling in our contact us form, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Need some help? Request a call back using the form below, and we’ll call you back at your preferred time†.
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