For some years, throughout the winter months, a number of Praia D’El Rey Property Owners and their guests have been visiting the Caldas de Rainha Ten Pin Bowling Alley on a Thursday evening to roll some pretty heavy balls down a long alley, aiming at ten pins, with varying degrees of success!
They generally meet at the Bowling Alley at 6.00pm, having first contacted the organiser by email before 6.00pm on the preceding Tuesday. The organisers rotate throughout the year on an ad hoc basis.
Bowlers are organised into teams of 4, 5 or 6, depending on the numbers playing. The numbers vary each week, in a range of about 6 to 24.
Bowling takes place in a very friendly environment and gives you the chance to make new friends. It’s more social than serious and all are welcome, at any level, from complete beginner to master bowler. Any age is welcome, too. Regulars cross all generations with some regulars in their 80s and very capable of three figure scoring on each round! Balls and bowling shoes are provided, although a few people have their own.
Bowling usually lasts about 90 minutes after which there is a visit to a local restaurant, either in Serra D’El Rei or somewhere nearby, to enjoy a convivial set-meal at very attractive rates negotiated with the restaurant. Bowlers’ partners are also welcome to come to the meal, even if they don’t bowl.
The cost for the evening, including the bowling, equipment use and the meal afterwards is usually just less than €30 (2019 prices). You are responsible for your own transport.