Harwich Indoor Bowls Club


For all matches the dress code shall be grey bottoms (trousers/skirts) and white tops (plain white polo shirt/club shirt). On certain occasions men may be asked to wear collar and club tie. Ladies may also wear yellow club waistcoats or cardigans. Recognised bowls shoes (no grip) should be worn on the rink at all times as the club will not be held responsible for any damage caused by individuals wearing the incorrect footwear. The dress code also extends to the function room/bar area for after match refreshments.

Please note that on 1st February 2017 the Committee agreed to men being allowed to wear tailored grey shorts for all  roll-ups and intenal league games during the summer season.

A range of good condition second hand clothing (trousers, skirts, polo shirts, cardigans, waistcoats & shoes) is available to members.


Rink Etiquette

Players must not

  • Consume drink or food beyond the table area as defined by the floor markings
  • Run on the rinks or surrounding areas
  • Bump/drop their bowls during delivery
  • Use alcohol based spray markers or "Grippo" on their bowls
  • Do anything from behind the mat to distract the person who is about to bowl
  • Move at the end of the rink when a player is about to bowl from the opposite end
  • Leave "dead woods" in the eye line of other players
  • Walk as a broad group down the centre of the rink when changing ends
  • Crowd, distract or get involved in the measuring of bowls if it is not their designated task


Free three two and a half hour hour coaching sessions are available to "first time bowlers" both adults and children over the age of 7 by our registered/qualified coaches

(Please refer to Rink Allocation for days/times). If you are interested please contact the club office.

Club News

The club, although very successful has until recently not had the means to accomodate individuals who are wheelchair reliant and interested in playing indoor bowls.

Last month (June 2017) and with the help of £500 in donation swe purchased a Bradshaw Bowls Buggy  and have already benefited from gaining two users.

If your disability means that you are unable to stand, even for a short period of time or continually walk up and down the rink for periods up to and in excess of  two and a half hours and are interested in making use of our latest acquisition then please contact the club office.

As from 13th July 2017 Harwich and District Indoor Bowls Club is now fully air conditioned.


A register of all club members names, addresses and telephone numbers is available at reception.

As part of their membership members are expected to,

  • Behave in an orderly fashion at all times
  • Cooperate with the clubs officers in order that they may carry out their duties as required
  • Carry out stewarding duties on an as and when requiredbasis
  • Inform the centre of any changes to their personal  details