“Let’s bowl, let’s bowl, let’s rock n’ roll. Hey, come on, let’s get the show on the road.” These are the first lines of ‘Score Tonight’ from Grease 2 (the best of the two films I should add) when they’re out bowling. I always get this song stuck in my head when bowling is mentioned. When I go bowling myself, I wish everyone would start dancing like they do in the film but it never happens. Alas, a fun pose for the camera will do.
I’ve always loved bowling. Perhaps because my dad competed in his younger days and showed me some techniques. Only how to walk and where to aim has stuck with me. I wish I also had more power in my throw and could spin it. Perhaps because it was a popular kids birthday party venue. Perhaps because we always went during school holidays as we got a discount. Most likely because of all these three things and that it’s a sport (is it classed as a sport?) that I’m decent at.
I say I love bowling, yet I only go once or twice a year. Why? There’s no excuse when it’s so cheap. Even though the bowling alley across the Leeds Arena recently has had a makeover to Tenpin*, the weekly offers stay the same. Maybe not the same, but there’s lots of them. Three games for £9 on a Sunday, half price bowling on a Tuesday and two games, a sharing platter and a drink for £13.50 on a Thursday. Everything from pop to prosecco, beer and cocktails are on the menu, alongside traditional junk food platters. Definitely not the most eye catching food but definitely a must for the perfect bowling experience.
The makeover now means a fresher looking place with a combined reception, bar and food area in the centre. On entrance you’re instead of a sign in desk now greeted with the arcade games. Pool tables have been added next to the seating area. Gone are the bowling shoes but the bowling lanes are still the same. The score boards however have had an update welcoming them to 2019. Digital tablets to more easily add your name and even a selfie should you so wish.
It’s been a while since I bowled last but the steps quickly came back to me, just like riding a bike. I needed a little refresher in where to aim but thanks to my bowling partner on the night, I managed to hit both spares and strikes. Three games later and I was pleased I scored over 100 in two of them. You’re not good enough if you score lower!
So, what are you waiting for? Go bowling during the school holidays, as a Valentine’s date or the next family birthday coming up. There are no excuses for not having a ball of fun. Are you any good at bowling?
*I was kindly invited down to experience the makeover to Tenpin and enjoy a couple of games, food and drinks in return for this blog post. As always, photos, word and views are my own.