How much are tickets?

Day tickets: £5 per day, payable at the gate.

Multi-day tickets: £12 per ticket, payable at the gate:

  • Available to purchase on Monday 22nd July only (valid Monday 22nd – Wednesday 24th July)
  • Available to purchase on Thursday 25th July only (valid Thursday 25th – Saturday 27th July).

Weekly tickets: £20 per ticket, payable at the gate

  • Available to purchase on Monday 22nd July only


Please note that only children under the age of 16 accompanied by a responsible adult are entitled to enter the event free of charge.


Is my ticket valid for any day?

Single day tickets purchased at the event are only valid for 1 day.


What is on each day?

The playing schedule is on the website so you will be able to track the players to watch.  Results will be updated daily and displayed onsite and on our website. 

Out with the action on the greens we have a retail marquee for you to shop till you drop, and of course a bar and restaurant to wind down with a drink and bite to eat.


Does a disabled person get in free?

If a carer is required then the carer enters free of charge - entry fees apply to all other persons.


Who runs the National Championships?

The National Championships is organised by Bowls Scotland, the national governing body for lawn bowls in Scotland.  It was formed in 2010 after the Scottish Bowling Association and the Scottish Women's Bowling Association voted for unification. Our aim is to widen awareness and increase participation in what is already one of the most popular and successful sports in Scotland.  If you are interested in finding out more about us then please see our website homepage www.bowlsscotland.com


How do I find out what’s happening and where?

To make the most of your visit, the event programme will tell you what’s on, where and when and is available to purchase all week for just £1.


What does my entry price cover?

Once inside the venue you can experience the Championships without spending another penny. All exhibitions are free for all to enjoy. You may need to buy something to eat or drink, but we’ve tailored the menu so that there is something for everyone at an affordable price. It really is a great value day out, especially with children under 16 entering free.


Can I bring a camera?

We would highly recommend you do, as there is so much to capture.


Am I allowed to bring my own food and drink?

You can bring your own food and snacks although we have plenty of places to buy food on site in our snack bar and restaurant serving everything from burgers to sandwiches to healthy salads at competitive prices!

Spectators are prohibited from bringing alcohol into the venue and only alcohol purchased in the designated bar areas can be consumed.


What if I feel unwell?

First aid is provided at the First Aid station. Ask a steward or official for assistance.


What is the best time to avoid the queues?

The National Championships attracts big crowds. This will inevitably result in some delays in entering the site at peak times. Using public transport can actually enhance your journey. See the parking information on the website. Our best advice is to arrive early – gates open at 8am.


What are the public transport links like to the venue?

Newton-on-Ayr train station is situated a 5 minute walk from the National Centre for Bowling with two trains stopping at the station every hour from Glasgow Central.

Buses also stop regularly on Prestwick Road, which is less than a 5 minute walk from the venue. The X77 Bus from Glasgow and the 585 Bus from Greenock stop on Prestwick Road, along with many other local services. 


Will there be queues to get into the park and ride car park?

We provide the event with an excellent park and ride service, located just a mile from the venue. Car parking stewards will guide you to a space. Shuttle buses run every 10 minutes at peak times. There is a designated parking area for those with a disability and our park and ride buses are accessible for all.


Can I leave and re-enter the venue during the day?

Yes. Please keep a hold of your ticket as you must show it at the gate to re-enter.

Can I bring my dog?

The National Centre can be a busy place so we encourage you to leave your dogs at home. If you do bring your dog, it must be kept on a leash at all times and, with the exception of assistance dogs, will not be admitted to the main event office or catering establishments.


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