“ Address: Victoria Avenue / St Sampson / Guernsey / GY2 4BB „
Guernseys only bowling alley, the Island Bowl, is a great place to go for any age or ability. I am not that good but have a great time trying, its the taking part that counts, not the winning.
There are 18 lanes which all have the option of barriers. I prefer these, at least then the ball will get to the pins after a few bounces off the side. The lanes are on a small raised wooden floor area away from the seats. This floor is always spotless so you must wear the provided shoes so no rubber marks are left on the wood.
There are ten pins at the end of the lane which I often manage to miss. They are white and have red bits on so are easy to see.
The balls are in the machine that returns balls and on shelves behind. The balls are many different weights, green ones are light, red ones are heavy. I usually go for orange which I believe is in the middle, weight wise. Each have two finger and a thumb hole but I find some are too small or big for my fingers. If you wish, you can use your own ball, I don't have one though so I use theirs.
The scores are kept on televisions above your heads. One for each lane. At the beginning of the game you follow a simple set up entering the players names and choosing a look for your scoreboard. The board is a decent size so everyone can read it easily.
For children there are the things to push the ball down. This is very beneficial as it means the ball will go straight down the middle without touching the sides. Unfortunately, I think I'm a bit old for them though. There is not one of these for each lane but probably every other lane. They are never all in use though.
The bowling alley is not usually full unless it's a time when schools are closed. It is open 10am until late in the evening.
The prices are very good with one game being £4 for an adult before 6pm and £5.50 after. To have a lane for an hour is £25, good price for larger groups.
Harrys Bar is a nice place to have a meal. I have eaten here and really enjoyed their food. They serve bar meals like chips, burgers, sausage, pizza. The bar is always busy when football is on as they usually show Sky Sports on the television. It is not always people who have been bowling in there.
The Piazza cafe sells similar foods and drinks including Slush Puppies. The cafe sells lidded drinks which can be taken to the bowling lanes. This like the bar are reasonable prices, not sure on the exact cost though.
There are five American pool tables which are hired by the hour. I havent played this, I wouldn't know what to do. There are also lots of video games like the dance stage, racing games, and more. There is one I particularly enjoy but can't remember what it is called. These all take coins and the staff at the desk are willing to give change from notes. Children always run off to play these games and they like the one you have to grab the toy but they can never get it so parents get a bit irritated having to keep giving the children change.
The bowl has parties for children which include a game of bowling and a meal. I have been to many parties here as a child, including my own, and children always have a fantastic time and can get very competitive. The staff will always bring the birthday cake out for you, this is nice as it means you've got hands to take photos.
They also have two rooms for parties which can be hired. One upstairs away from the noise and one downstairs. I had a disco here which was equally as fun for me and my friends.
The bowl pro shop sells bowling balls and other equipment for those who do it professionally. The shop is not always open and I've never been in. I don't think I'll ever be a professional.
However I will continue to go for fun with family and friends. Who doesn't love a game of bowling?h