Kings Bowling Club

Kings Bowling Club was originally formed in 1927 as the Princess Gardens Bowling Club. The club, back then, occupied a position on the seafront near to where the Princess Theatre stands today. In the 1930’s the Club moved to its present home in the King's Gardens, from which it took its name. Are there any other clubs that have changed gender?

Thanks to our national and international players, Kings BC is one of the UK's most successful bowls club. We are proud of, and humbled by, our achievements at the international, country and county level. 

Play Bowls at Kings

Whether you are a member, an away team, or a touring team, you are always welcome at Kings Bowling Club. Our traditional clubhouse offers stunning views across Torbay.  Sitting on our veranda with a cup of tea, or a cold one,  whilst gazing out to sea is a great way to relax after you win, lose or draw. 

Play on one the best rinks in Torbay

New Members

We welcome new members and offer free coaching for all. Learn about the game's nuances and etiquette. New Members Guide


Umbrella is a weekly members competition that offers the chance to meet fellow members and enjoy a friendly game with end of season prizes. 


Members can book rinks when they are available. You can practice or challenge fellow members  to a friendly match!

Announcing the new Kings BC

2024 Super Triples Open Tournament

£500 Winning Team

First Prize

with a further 6 cash prizes to be won 

Touring Torbay

Kings Bowling Club, Torquay, welcomes touring teams. Our club sits in a picturesque setting on Torquay's coastline. We accommodate ladies, men and mixed matches. Our 7 rinks offer glorious views of the Torbay coastline. We also have a licensed bar to help you celebrate, or commiserate, your results. 

Email to arrange a friendly match on one of the best rinks in Torbay.

An Unusual Claim to Fame 

Our clubhouse gained fame by being used as  backdrop in the mainstream (comedy) film Blackball. Also known as National Lampoon's Blackball it is a 2003 British sports comedy film, based on the game of lawn bowls. The screenplay was written by Tim Firth, and the film was directed by Mel Smith.  It is alleged that this film was based on a true story  The film is available on multiple streaming services (e.g. Amazon) and you can view a YouTube teaser here

Diversity and Inclusion at Kings Bowling Club

At Kings Bowling Club, we build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is an instinct, not an initiative. We endeavour to create  a deep sense of pride, passion and belonging and do not tolerate any form of disrespect or injustice towards people, their heritage, beliefs or their  lifestyle choices. We pride ourselves in adapting to social change quickly to ensure respect to all. We are committed to abide by the Equality Policy as published on the Bowls England website. 

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