Family fun at Wellington Bowl Great Yarmouth

Family fun at Wellington Bowl Great Yarmouth

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One of the things I love about visiting Great Yarmouth is that there is something to do no matter the weather. This summer has been incredibly hot so on a recent day out we took shelter at Wellington Bowl, on the Wellington Pier.

Where is Wellington Bowl?

Wellington Bowl
Wellington Pier
Marine Parade
Great Yarmouth
NR30 3JF

To get to Wellington Bowl you need to go through the arcades, which are at the front of the pier. Don’t get confused with the small amount of bowling lanes that are in the arcades in front.


Prices are correct as of August 2022. Check the website for up-to-date pricing.

Group of 4 (1 game)£28.00
Group of 4 (2 games)£46.00
Hour’s Bowling
(up to 6 people)
Individual Game
(per person)
Student Rate (Must have current NUS Card) (Per Game)£5.75
Wellington Bowl prices

Family bowling

Wellington Bowl is an ideal place to spend some time as a family, as it’s something that people of most ages can do! Not only that but Wellington Bowl seem to have really thought about so many of the things that will help to make a family day out a lot easier.

Bowling balls

Our visit started with a really friendly welcome, where we were set up on a bowling lane ready for our game and given shoes to wear. I know a lot of places don’t enforce this anymore but I think wearing the special bowling shoes makes it that bit more exciting for the children.

It was fairly quiet when we arrived at Wellington Bowl so we got to have a lane right in the middle. Between two lanes there is a shared table and diner-style seats on either side. As there is always some downtime between turns the seats were great and very comfortable! We didn’t have anyone on the lane next to us so we could spread out a bit.

John and Erin cheering

There are lots of different weights of balls so you can all find the one that’s perfect for you. For younger children, there are ramps available to use and they stack nearly against the ball return machine so they won’t be in the way when not being used. This time, for the first time, Erin tried mostly to bowl without the ramp but it was nice that she could use it if she wanted to.

Erin using a ramp to bowl

Our game, although a bit competitive, was so much fun… even if I didn’t win!

Food at the Bowl Diner

Bowling is hungry work, especially when you’ve already had a very busy day but you can get a great meal at the Bowl Diner. You can expect typical diner kind of food such as burgers, hot dogs and chicken options at really good prices. When it comes to the menu, although there aren’t masses of options, we all found that we could have picked multiple things.

I opted for a southern fried chicken basket while John had a hot dog basket, both of which come with fries and cost £7.95 and £6.95. The portions were very generous and baskets come with all the condiments you could want for your meal. The hot dog (not the cheap kind) was huge and the chicken basket came with 4 pieces and they were really good!

Food from the Bowl Diner

Children’s meals cost £5.95 and this includes a burger (veggie option available), fries and baked beans as well as a drink which makes it fantastic value. In fact, Erin’s meal wasn’t far off the size of a regular meal.

There are plenty of seating options too, from just near the small selection of arcade games to the bar or maybe outside on the pier is more your sort of thing (the view is amazing).

We had such a wonderful time at Wellington Bowl in Great Yarmouth and I’ve no doubt we’ll be back again for a rematch.


Family fun at Wellington Bowl Great Yarmouth

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