THE WINCHMORE HILL BOWLS CLUB
Set in the heart of Winchmore Hill, we have around 200 members and are located in Radcliffe Road, Enfield, London, N21 2SD – just four minutes walk from the main line station and two minutes from bus stops in Green Lanes. We welcome members from Winchmore Hill and the surrounding Enfield areas, including Finchley, Southgate, Palmers Green, Bush Hill Park and beyond.
The club has a large free car park, a clubhouse with a lounge and bar with a patio to enjoy a drink and watch games on warm and sunny days.
For new bowlers we have qualified coaches to teach you the game and all new playing members have a dedicated mentor who will guide you through your first year and introduce you to other members.
When you feel ready, we have many internal bowling competitions for men, ladies and mixed.
For competitive bowlers, we compete in the Finchley & District Bowls Association and in the Middlesex County League. We play club competition matches against all the other bowls clubs in the area, as well as internal competitions and friendly fixtures.
For social bowlers – and for practice – we have our club ‘roll ups’ every Wednesday and Friday evening, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. Everyone at any level is welcome.
There’s also a thriving social programme including barbecues, quiz nights, party nights, a bridge club, a walking group, and art classes.
You are welcome to come and try bowls for yourself. Look out for our Open Weekend on 28 and 29 May or contact us to fix a trial session
Becoming a Member at Winchmore Hill BC
You are welcome to apply for membership whether you have experience in bowls or none at all. All new bowlers have a dedicated coach and mentor.
If you’re a complete beginner, don’t worry, you are not alone. Every bowler remembers their first experience and so you’ll find lots of encouragement and guidance from the outset.
Your coach will give you lessons and sign you off to bowl freely when you are ready (usually after two or three sessions).
Your mentor is with you for your first year. They will be your contact for all matters connected to the club. They will show you how the club operates, introduce you to existing members and answer any questions you may have.
For those who want to enjoy bowls but have a busy weekday schedule, we have recently launched our weekend membership.
Weekend members can play on Friday evenings and any time on Saturday and Sunday, perhaps joining the roll-ups on weekend mornings.
What you need to start
Not much is the answer.
The club usually has sets of bowls that you can borrow until you are ready to acquire your own.
We have a dress code. You’ll basically need a white, collared top and smart trousers or shorts or skirt (not jeans/cargo pants/tracksuit bottoms etc.). Most people already have these. On Friday evenings the dress code is relaxed.
Starting off with flat soled shoes is OK, but you should soon get a pair of bowls shoes … and these start as low as around £20.
These are bowling sessions which are relaxed and intended as practice sessions and the opportunity for new members to join in. All levels of bowler are welcome. Members will help new bowlers become more familiar with how the game is played in teams.
Visit the Club and Have a Go
If you’d like to see the club and try bowls for yourself, we can arrange for you to visit and have a trial session with one of our coaches. Look out for our Open Day too … usually in early May.
To contact us to arrange a session, see our Contact page.
Our fees cover a full calendar year. For new members, discounts will apply.
For Full Bowling Members, annual membership is £165.
For Social Members, annual membership fee is £55.
For Weekend Members, the annual fee is £55 for bowling from Friday evening through Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Join Winchmore Hill Bowls Club
If you wish to join us please print, complete and send the application form to our Membership Secretary.
Please click here for the membership application form.
All members are bound by the Club’s rules and constitution, a copy of which can be supplied on request.
Club nights during the bowling season are WEDNESDAYS and FRIDAYS. We have a club bar that is operated by club members. Prices are extremely competitive.
The clubhouse is comfortable and well equipped. When it’s warm and sunny, our large patio area is where members can watch games or just enjoy a drink and good company – and the occasional barbeque.
Social events are many and various including Bridge, Canasta and Cribbage, quiz nights, theatre visits, trips to holiday villages, overseas trips to Europe. Every fortnight during the closed season something is going on, such as a 60s night, a Cliff Richard tribute night and many others.
Club members also organise our own big event ‘spectaculars’ for Christmas and New Year.
We’re sure you will have a great time!