Gloucestershire bowling centre reveals major upgrade after £750,000 investment

The owner of Tenpin Gloucester, the indoor bowling alley and soft play area, has unveiled a major investment in the popular city attraction – adding laser tag and escape rooms to its list of attractions.

By Andrew Merrell  |  Published
Tenpin Gloucester now boasts an upgrade across all its facilities, from its bowling alleys to its soft play area, plus a new laser tag and escape rooms.

Tenpin, the owners of Gloucester’s bowling centre at Barnwood, has unveiled a £750,000 investment which adds laser tag and escape rooms to its list of attractions.

According to the national chain, which is headquartered in Bedfordshire and employs 1,500 staff at 49 sites across the UK, the investment in Tenpin Gloucester is part of its ongoing commitment to the city.

Tenpin said its business at Centre Severn in Barnwood, which also serves food, refreshments and even cocktails, employs 40 staff and already attracted an estimated 160,000 visitors a year before the refit.

The investment includes an upgrade to its 26 bowling lanes, karaoke equipment and a soft play centre, as well as the reception and bar area.

Paul Sims, general manager at Tenpin Gloucester, called the investment ‘significant’:

‘We are over the moon to be revealing a brand-new look to Gloucester this spring. From Sector 7 laser tag and escape rooms to high-tech bowling lanes and arcades, our revamped venue is set to be the ideal destination for any occasion.

‘We can’t wait to showcase all that Tenpin has to offer, and we look forward to welcoming local families and businesses to try out our wide range of activities.’

Tenpin was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, but bounced back in 2022, wiping away a £17 million loss with a £4 million profit. Sales jumped nearly 20 per cent from £36.3 million to £67.5 million.

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