Thornton le Dale Bowls Club

The inaugural meeting which founded the club took place in 1978 and in May 1980 the green at Priestmans Lane was opened. It quickly became involved in the bowling scene in the Ryedale and Scarborough area and has continued as an active village sports club ever since.


The club, affiliated to Bowls England and Yorkshire Bowling Association, has a membership of about forty with most being active and regular bowlers. It caters for a wide range of bowling activities and members can find the level of involvement which suits them and their lifestyles. For the competitive bowlers, there are two veterans’ teams, a men’s team and a mixed pairs team all competing in Ryedale and Scarborough leagues. In addition, there is a full calendar of competitions and games played amongst club members. Each month of the season also has fixtures against touring teams, open competitions, staged by the club, and County competitions, hosted by the club.

Those who just like to bowl with friends can use the green at any time and ‘social’ bowling takes place twice a week throughout the season. Visitors to Thornton le Dale can also play on the green but they need to contact an official to have the premises opened for them, for which a modest green fee is charged.


Anybody who is interested in taking up the sport is made most welcome. It is a game that can be played by anyone and by all ages and can be played at all levels – from social ‘roll-ups’ to county and national competitions. Like many games, the object of bowling is essentially simple but to be able to play it consistently well practice and concentration are required. It certainly promotes general good health and can contribute to an active social life as well. Traveling to other clubs and hosting visiting teams, some from different counties, adds to the enjoyment of the sport.

The bowling green at Priestmans Lane is in a delightful rural setting which all visiting bowlers find most picturesque.

Take the traditional Thornton stroll from the village round Priestmans Lane and near the large stone building, Victory Mill, now offices and residential accommodation, you will find our bowling green tucked in behind the office's car park. If we are playing come in and sit on a bench and watch a game. You might be encouraged to join in!

To find out more information on the latest activities, events, fixtures and results at Thornton le Dale Bowls Club, please visit our website:

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Business name:
Thornton le Dale Bowls Club


Contact person:

Mr Chris Gibbons (Club Secretary)




Phone: 01751 474349

Mobile: 07944265932




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