For those that don’t know, Short Mat Bowls is a scaled-down version of the indoor bowling that is seen on television. The only difference? It is played on portable lightweight bowling carpets which measure 45 feet by 6 feet (13.75 x 1.85 metres).
Our air-conditioned Washington Ballroom is an excellent venue for Short mat bowls. With space for up to 5 mats, you can play whatever the weather! The game is played like other forms of the sport, with full-sized bowls being used to bowl up and down the carpet. In just a few short years, the sport has grown in popularity to over 100,000 players, and this popularity shows no signs of slowing down; many other parts of the world are taking up the sport and having fun!
Men and women compete equally together, so techniques are truly tested. A great family sport, the ages of players range from 9 to over 90 (that we are aware of anyway!) If you want to play as a single player, it’s a fantastic opportunity to get involved in a welcoming social atmosphere and make new friends.
The Short Mat Bowls holidays held at Langstone Cliff offer competitions in conjunction with Bob Weafer at www.short-mat-holidays.com.
There are also many lawn bowls clubs located close to the hotel and we have hosted many touring sides. Please visit our lawn bowls page or for more information, contact the hotel or check our room availability here.
The Langstone Hotel is located on the south coast of Devon, right on the doorstep of Dawlish Warren Beach.
It is set within 19 acres of woodlands, lawns and gardens, so the views are remarkable wherever you are in the grounds.
Boasting high-quality cabaret entertainment, we’ve been the number one choice when it comes to hotels in South Devon, as well as the whole of Devon, for as long as we can remember. From mid-week stays to specialist Dance Holidays, Easter Breaks, school holiday getaways to weekend breaks, we regularly host a Summer Jazz Weekend, Loyalty Weekends and Bowls Holidays.