Banister Park Bowling Club has been established for over 100 years.
We give a very warm welcome to everyone - whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced bowls player, whether you want to play competitively or just play for fun, or whether you’re a new member or a visitor. We have over 400 members across a range of ages including a popular under 18s section.
Ramps and special wheelchairs for indoor and outdoor use are available for disabled members”
As well as bowling, we offer a range of dining, conferencing and social facilities and our large function room is available for hire.
Banister Park is situated to the north of Southampton, close to Junction 5 of the M27 and Southampton International Airport. There is plenty of free parking - including room for coaches - in our large car park. Download our driving directions.
We are proudly sponsored by local companies - Westgate Wealth Management, Bespoke Legal Services, Pitter Self Drive, Dorset Golf and Country Club and Kestrel Guards
Playing competitively or just for fun
You can pracitce your bowling on your own or with friends - this is known as a roll up. When you're ready to play a game with other members, you can take part in organized open or Veterans' (vets) roll ups.
We also organize a number of Ladies', Men's and Mixed internal club competitions. You can play as an individual or part of a team against other club members and can play in as many teams as you like.
If you're interested in playing competitively against other clubs, we organize mixed matches (friendlies) which are a great way to meet other club members and visiting players.
You can also take part in Inter-club Ladies', Men's, Mixed or Vets' competitions or leagues. These are organised by the affiliated Bowling Associations.
Outdoor bowls (May-Sept)
We have two well maintained six-rink greens that are open from May until September. There's no need to book your roll up when playing outside. You can just turn up and play on any available rink.
You can choose from Outdoor Membership to play outdoors from May to September, or Full Membership if you'd like to play all year, indoors as well.
Indoor bowls (all year round)
We have an eight-rink indoor bowling arena. If you want to play a roll up you'll just need to make sure that you book a rink in advance.
You can choose from Indoor 12 month membership if you want to play indoors only, or Indoor 7 month membership if you want to play indoors from October to April before moving outdoors.
Short Mat Bowls
If you would like to play Short Mat Bowls, which is typically played on a mat 45ft in length, Southampton Short Mat Bowling Association meet on Thursday evenings at Banister during the winter from 7 pm to 9 pm. If anyone would like to come and have a taste of the game please let us know by contacting Jason on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07860573426 in the first instance.
If you're looking to try bowling for the first time or you're looking to improve your game, our qualified coaches can help you to get started, understand the rules of the game and help you with your technique.
Current club members can organise coaching sessions with one of our team of coaches by contacting Julian in the club office.
During the indoor season there is an organised Saturday morning junior session, run by qualified coaches. There is no minimum age limit but children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Juniors can play at any time subject to rink availability.
Under 18s can compete in organised junior competitions as well as the main club competitions.
Our social facilities inlclude a bar, restaurant and large function room - all of which are available to hire for meetings, conferences and private parties.
Throughout the year, we organise a range of social activities for members and non-members including skittles, bingo, quiz nights, and dances.
We offer a social membership if you don't want to play bowls but want to use our social facilities.