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.
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.
We generally advise 6 people to a lane with a maximum being 8 in some centres.
Yes, adults can bowl in their own shoes at our centres, as long as they are a flat soled, closed toe shoes. All regular and promotional tariffs include an allowance for shoe hire of £1.00 per person. No discount is offered for customers using their own shoes.
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 6pm with a responsible adult/parent or legal guardian. We will ask for proof of age. The junior age range is from 0-15 years old.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our standard prices and offers can be found on your nearest centre page. Find your nearest centre here.
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.
Yes, we offer concessionary rates of around 50% to those with disabilities (and their carers) and seniors. These rates are available every weekday before 6pm, for 48 weeks out of 52, including the summer and Easter holidays. There are certain limited ‘peak’ periods where it is not always possible to offer any concessionary discounts. This applies to all our concessionary or promotional rates, including those with disabilities (and their carers), adult, family, student and senior groups.
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.
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.
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@example.com for more details or submit your enquiry to us via our contact form.
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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.