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Do you want to play bowls?

If you are thinking about taking up a new hobby, indoor lawn bowls could be just what you are looking for. The precision and skill of the game is engaging and it is a great way to build up a new social circle. Age isn’t a factor, we have members still at school through to some in their 90s. And if, for whatever reason, you can’t take part in strenuous activity, bowls could be the perfect sport for you. If you fancy giving it a go, let us explain how.

The objective of lawn bowls - to give the game its correct title - is simple:  just get your bowls as close as possible to a small yellow or white ball called the 'jack'. It might sound easy, but the fact that the bowls do not travel in a straight line, and there may be other bowls already up there, seriously adds to the tactical challenge. Add to that the concentration and effort required and you can see why you may need a seat and a few beers after the match! And we have a growing disabled section and would welcome more.

How to get started

If you think bowling might be something you would like to consider, why not book a free taster session run by our coaches - all equipment supplied. You can then join our Cygnets group (the name we give to our novices) to learn the game, and perhaps throw in some extra coaching to hone those skills and you're ready to go. Simples!

Open Days & Tasters

If you think bowling might be something you would like to consider, why not book a free taster session with one of the coaches - all equipment supplied. From there you may want to go on further and join one of our beginners’ coaching courses. Our next Open Days are Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th from 10am to 3pm.

Cygnets (Novices)

Our Cygnets group is designed to help new players learn the game, understand its rules, tactics and etiquette, and gain experience playing in several formats in a league - and in competitions - making them ready to join established leagues when they feel ready.


East Dorset IBC boasts a growing team of coaches, fully accredited through Coach Bowls and the English Bowls Coaches Society, catering for all ages and abilities - from beginners to improvers. Training is offered to groups or individuals, and extended to members and non-members - including non-bowling organisations.

How much does it cost?

Membership of the club is open to everyone, at any time of the year, irrrespective of ethnicity,

nationality, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs; or of age, sex or disability except as a necessary

consequence of the requirements of bowling as a particular sport. 

However, limitation of membership is allowable on a non-discriminatory basis.

Full Membership

This level of membership is required to bowl regularly at the club, to play in leagues and to enter competitions. Successful applicants will be able to participate in all aspects of club activities and may introduce and entertain guests at the Club. Costst vary dependent on age, from Junior upwards.

Social Membership

For those who do not wish to bowl, we also offer Social Membership. This level of membership is ideal for the non-player who wishes to take part in the club's social activities or watch the bowling. The number of Social members is limited.  They are not eligible to take office or vote at any meetings. 

If you are interested in becoming a member - or re-joining EDIBC - 

 email the Membership Secretary for the latest form and fees.