We’d had a few requests for a bowling event so I thought we’d give it a go. It was never going to be an easy event to organise as bowling is by its very nature, a noisy sport! I approached a few bowling alleys in Leeds but wasn’t having much luck. They promised to be very busy and the alleys concerned were hard to contact and wouldn’t turn down the music for our session. I put word out to the families to ask their opinion and got a very help suggestion from one…to go speak to Barnsley Bowl. I promptly did so and found a completely different attitude. They were helpful, responsive and willing to make changes to suit our group. Nothing was too much trouble for them. I very quickly booked a date with them and spread the word.
We arrived on the day and I had several staff helping with the changes that occurred as we’d had a couple of last minute swaps. Every family had 2 games and we had the usual Hiccups fun and chaos that comes from a Hiccups event. What was important though was that families were relaxed and enjoying family time. The children coped incredibly well with the noise of the pins and bowling bowls and it was lovely to see so many involved. Wheelchairs, for example weren’t a problem either. And for those that struggled to lift the bowling balls there were bowling ramps to help them. Everyone could have a go if they wanted to!
We’d also ordered a buffet and there was more than enough to feed everyone! There was so much left at the end that several of us took a pack up for our lunches the next day AND we left some to put out on the counter for the other visitors and staff if they wanted it. We’d also asked if they were able to provide a vegan option and they really outdid themselves. The amount and quality of vegan food they supplied was incredibly decision and certainly better than your custom salad!
A lot of games stopped for the food but what was lovely is that they were able to pick them back up again after if the family wanted. Some, like mine, skipped back and forth between food and bowling. Others rejoined the game as a family after. There was no pressure and no rushing. I certainly think that we’ll be back at Barnsley Bowl again. Thank you to everyone that works there that helped us that day.