Discover Outdoor Bowls

Outdoor Bowls@Risbygate Sports Club

Coronovirus update

We are pleased to say that the Outdoor Bowls green is now open for individual roll ups, or to play with one friend, or in household groups. Three out of the six available rinks are open to allow for social distancing.

  • One of the best greens in Suffolk, set in a beautiful environment.
  • Six high quality rinks
  • National qualified coaching team

New members are always welcome at Risbygate, so why not join the fun? Whatever your level, we give encouraging support and expert coaching to help you along the way.

For more serious bowlers, we offer club sessions, with internal and external leagues playing to both English Bowling Federation and Bowls England Codes. Suffolk County regularly stages prestigious County games on our rinks.

We have two teams that play on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings in local and West Suffolk leagues. There are leagues for men’s and mixed teams. Everyone also has the opportunity to enter County competitions.

Friendship bowling takes place for everybody who wishes to, on a Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10.00am, with a friendly drive every Friday evening at 6.30pm.

The greens are available from noon, daily, and can be booked for practice roll-ups, providing they are not required for Club matches.

Dress code

We do have a dress code, which is white above the waist and grey below, with flat-soles shoes. For club matches dress code will normally be club shirts with grey trousers or skirts. For friendship and roll ups smart casual can be worn with appropriate footwear. Regulation shorts are permitted.

Coaching can be arranged and bowls provided.

Various friendly matches, against visiting Clubs, are arranged during the season (April to September), with our own fun-days.

Public Access

Public access to our outdoor bowls green is available during the summer season at the following times:

Tuesday – 11am-1pm
Thursday – 11am-1pm

Cost is £5 per person for 2 hours.

Booking enquiries should be made to the office on 01284 755468 or by email (We plan to automate our booking procedure in the near future).

“It really is a club for a lifetime!  I first joined in the 1970s, played in the teams in the 80s, supported my children through the Club coaching programmes in the 90s and now play social tennis and give something back by serving on the committee.”

David Porter

Outdoor Bowls Personnel

Secretary: Gill Saunders

Tel: 01284753140

E- mail:

Men’s Captain: Kelvin Morton

Ladies Captain: Rosemary Harrison

National qualified coaching available.

Risbygate Sports Club

Westley Road
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3RR

Tel: 01284 755468

OPEN DAILY: 8.30am - 10pm

Risbygate Sports Club

How To Join

If you want to try a sport or activity at Risbygate Sports Club, and come along for a taster session, please contact the office on 01284 755468 or email and we will put you in touch with the relevant Section Secretary to arrange a visit and give more information.

If you are interested in membership for a particular sport (or sports), you can either download and complete our Membership Form or contact us by email, phone (01284 755468) or visit the club’s office, which is open weekdays between the hours of 9.00 am. and 12.30 am. We will be very happy to show you around the club, and/or any particular section you are interested in.


Tennis, outdoor bowls and petanque membership subscription year runs from 1st April till 30th March. Indoor bowls, squash and social subscriptions run from 1st October until 30th September. Pro rata subscription rates apply if you join in between subscription periods.

Public Access

Public access to our sports facilities is available at certain times. Please have a look at the individual sports pages for more information, costs and how to book a court or rink. General enquiries can also be made to the office on 01284 755468 or by email