About Ashcombe Park Bowling Club
The 36 acre park was opened in 1902 on land that was formerly part of Ashcombe Manor in Somerset. It’s a natural park, with shrubs and tree lined paths rather than the more formal gardens of other parks. The Club was formed in 1911, with the inaugural game held on 8th June that year.
The earliest photo, above, shows the Club grounds before the construction of the second green. The gate separated the bowls area from the rest of the park. The hut was later moved towards the corner of the green where our Clubhouse now stands.
This photo shows the Club grounds before the construction of the second green.
The Pavilion, believed to have been re-located from the sea -front, was the only shelter in those days and still exists forming the frontage to our changing rooms. Note avenue of saplings which today are mature trees. The dress code seems to be a bit relaxed.
To begin with it was only men bowlers but several years later the Ashcombe Ladies Bowling Club was formed, with the Ladies first taking to the green in May 1927.
In 2005 the Ladies’ and Men’s clubs were merged to form the fully integrated Club we have today.
Our second green, constructed above the first green, was officially opened on June 15th 1935. The retaining rockery can be clearly seen in this photograph. Today, our greens are known as “bottom” and “top”, a reference to their relative heights.
Why Ashcombe Park Bowling Club?
Is it our ideal location situated in Weston-super-Mare’s premier park surrounded by trees and shrubs that makes us popular?
Is it our greens, considered to be two of the best in the region?
Perhaps it’s the fact that we are a fully integrated mixed club?
Or that we make new-comers welcome and run free coaching sessions for beginners?
Whatever the reason, whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced bowler, come along and give us a try, you won’t be disappointed.
New members are always welcome at Ashcombe Park Bowling Club, be they experienced bowlers or absolute beginners. We have six qualified coaches who will take you from the very basics of bowls through to detailed technique analysis.
We don’t expect potential new members to sign up immediately. You can take advantage of six weeks free coaching to get to know the Club and it’s members. The sessions are run on Wednesdays and Saturdays, April to September, 10:00 to 12:00. Bowls are provided, all we ask is that you wear flat-soled shoes (no heel) with minimal tread. This is to avoid damage to the greens.
For more information please see our New Members page.