Below is my “Big Day Out” column from the Saturday, July 23, 2011, Swansea edition of the South Wales Evening Post.
A game for all ages A big day out! RICHARD THOMAS heads to … Tenpin Bowling in Swansea.
WHY? Tenpin Swansea, formerly Megabowl, is the only ten pin bowling alley in Swansea, located in the Parc Tawe shopping and leisure complex near the city centre. WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Tenpin Swansea offers a host of family friendly activities for people of all ages and abilities, from first time players right up to veteran bowlers. The alley boasts 26 bowling lanes, three American pool tables, an amusements arcade and cosmic bowling nights. Tenpin Swansea also offers a range of kids birthday party packages.
Held every Saturday and Sunday morning, Tenpin’s Birthday Bash events are occasions to remember. For £12.00 per person you get two games of cosmic bowling, your choice from a selection off the Beach Road Cafe Bar menu, unlimited squash, as well as goody bags for all the kids. There is a minimum of six people for Tenpin parties, but they offer fun and excited for all children aged 12 years old and under. ANY HISTORY? Bowling is one of the oldest sports still played in modern times. The earliest forms of bowling can be traced back to Ancient Egypt. In 1930 when the famous Egyptologist Sir Flinders Petrie excavated the grave of an Egyptian boy dating to 3200 BC, the explorer discovered artefacts resembling the pins used in tenpin bowling today. The first standardised rules for the pastime were established in New York City, on September 9, 1895. Today bowling is played around the world in over 90 countries. WHAT TO TAKE? One game costs £6.49 for adults and £5.00 for juniors. Two games cost £11.49 (adults) and £9.00 (juniors), and three games costs £12.49 (adults) and £10.00 (juniors). There’s also special family deals available. Four people can play a game for £20.00 or two games for £35.00. Bowling shoes are provided.
Food and drink are available. Their Beach Road Cafe Bar was inspired by the sun bleached, chilled-out beach vibe of Bondi, and is where you can relax with a burger and fries before or after you bowl. LOOK OUT FOR? As well as normal ten pin bowling on some nights you can play cosmic bowling, a hybrid of glow-in-the-dark ten pin bowling with dance club music and lights. Up to date information about cosmic bowling times can be found on the Tenpin website listed below.
At Tenpin Swansea there’s also an amusements arcade where you can try to win a prise on the claw machines, or, if you like, you can just chill out watching Sky Sports in the fully licensed bar or playing pool on the three American pool tables. WHEN TO GO? The bowling alley is open 11.00am to 12.00am on weekdays and 10.00am to 12.00am on weekends. During the school holidays they are open 10.00am to 12.00am seven days a week. The bar closes at 11.30pm. TELL ME MORE For sat nav users their address and postcode is Parc Tawe, The Strand, Swansea, SA1 2AX. You can phone on 0871 873 3150 or book online at www.tenpin.co.uk/swansea.