The bowling alley, with its battered two-tone shoes and sound of balls being hurled a hundred miles an hour before ‘strike’ scrolls across the scoreboard – or sinks into the gutter – is a place that everybody should experience.
With two choices in Gloucestershire, whether you want to show-off a competitive streak in front of your friends or you’re looking for a family activity that isn’t going to bore one of your brood to tears; tenpin bowling achieves a pretty good score on both accounts.
With 26-lanes of illuminated-alley action available in this popular centre, Tenpin in Gloucester pulls in players of all ages and abilities.
Cosmic bowling, with its glow-in-the-dark pins, illuminated alleys and pumping pop music courtesy of the resident DJ, is a teen crowd pleaser held every Thursday and Sunday from 7pm.
Tuesday evenings sees students’ night with discounted games and drinks promotions attributed to NUS card-carriers. While Saturday afternoon sees an influx of pint-sized players lined-up to take their next bowl.
Tenpin is open until 12-midnight every night of the week, offers a licensed bar, a diner-style restaurant, as well as air-hockey, arcade machines and pool tables.
Situated in Stroud’s Merrywalks Shopping Centre, Bowling International is surrounded by a cinema, numerous bars and cafés, not to mention shops galore, making it a prime venue for pleasure-seeking kids of all ages.
There are 16-alleys for tenpin action and a selection of arcade games if you’re better at shooting aliens than knocking down pins.
Children are well-catered for – accompanied by parents who can barely hide the embarrassment of being beaten by their kids – with parties proving particularly popular and discounted games being offered during the school holidays.
See Bowling International Stroud for more information.
With two choices of tenpin tempting you in Gloucestershire, your nearest game need never be far away, so don the two-tones and book your lane now.
By Michelle Fyrne
Sunday 06 May 2007