Due to the present ongoing global situation this year’s open day at Subscription Bowling Club has been cancelled as have all coffee mornings for the foreseeable future. A decision on the future of the club and how it can be financed for the coming year will be made shortly and all members will be notified of the decision as soon as it is known. 

Meanwhile the club hopes that all members are taking notice and abiding the advice given by Government regarding self-isolation and social distancing. On a brighter note we look forward to seeing you all again very soon, hopefully a little later in the year.                    


Bowls is a science, the study of a lifetime, in which you may exhaust yourself, but never your subject.

It is a contest, a duel calling for courage, skills, strategy and self control.  It is a test of temper, a trial of honour, a revealer of character.

It affords the chance to play the man and act the gentleman. It means going into God's out of doors, getting close to nature, fresh air, exercise!  A sweeping away of mental cobwebs, genuine reaction of the tired tissues.

It is a cure for care, and an antidote to worry.  It includes companionship with friends, for courtesy, kindliness and generosity to an opponent.  It promotes not only physical health but moral force.

( Quotation from the late J.P.Munro, Australia and the author of " The Etiquette of Bowling" )

Subscription Bowling Club is a private members outdoor lawn bowls club located within the City of Carlisle, our club is open to men and women of all ages and abilities and we have around 100 members at present and play on a six rink superb green.  

Our summer season commences in April and is completed in September.  New members are always welcome and we have qualified coaches within our club so we are able to assist with those people just beginning to bowl. Bowls equipment and footwear are available for the use of new members until such a time as they purchase equipment of their own.  This equipment includes specialist items for the assistance of disabled players and infirm persons, who wish to try out this sport so  they may be able to enjoy the game of bowls.

In recent years improvements have been made at our club with regard to expanding the actual building with new toilets and changing room through a grant from Sport England, and access to the footpaths around the green, in order to give safe access to all players, spectators and in particular disabled persons. Assistance by way of a grant received from Carlisle City Council, and a follow up Community Grant from Cumbria County Council we have been able to complete this full project. For these grants we are extremely grateful to the Community Development Office and the Area Support.