“ Manufacturer: BV Leisure Ltd / Includes 6 gnomes and 2 bowling balls. „
BV Leisure's Gnome Bowling set is an interesting little novelty item, combining traditional garden ornaments with that great American import- ten pin bowling (or in this case, 6-gnome bowling).
The gnomes are approximately 25cm high each, and made of hollow plastic, although they still retain sufficient weight to them to avoid blowing over in all but the strongest of winds, whilst the bowling ball, which is bright blue and fits easily within the grasp of an adult hand, is made of thick, heavy rubber. There are holes for fingers and thumb on the ball, but these are too small to be employed, meaning that they only really serve as decoration.
The gnomes are all identical but are nicely painted in bright colours, and can be left out in the garden as ornaments in their own right when not in use. The main problem with the gnome bolwing set however is the relative weights of the gnomes and the ball, as well as the gnomes shapes, and the effects these factrs have on the physics of the game.
Rolling a heavy bowling ball at a group of lined up lightweight wooden pins in a bowling alley is an immensely gratifying experience, whereas rolling a small rubber ball at this group of squatter, air-filled gnomes is a clunky and unsatisfying experience, for adults at least, meaning that this is one game that might entertain the young grandkids momentarily when they call round but isnt going to keep anyone else entertained at a barbecue or garden party. This is just one more novelty item that sounds great on paper but is lacklustre and dull in reality, and isnt really worth bothering with, expecially given the unneccessarily high asking price of a little over fifteen quid.
For gnome haters and garden parties - gnome bowling!