City Bowl is now the only place to bowl in Chelmsford since the larger bowling centre shit down. It is located near the university to north of the city.
City Bowl is currently closed but hope to reopen in Summer 2022, see their website for more information.
Bowling at City Bowl Chelmsford
City Bowl isn’t very large but is clean and attractive. There is a good range of bowling balls including enough lighter weight ones for the kids. They also have frames for younger children to use, one for every two lanes.
They have an electronic scoring system which is more reliable than some bowling alleys we’ve visited. When we did have a problem with it, it was resolved by the staff quickly.
Food and Drink
City Bowl is home to Henri’s Grill which offer American style diner food. The quality is much better than I’ve experienced at other bowling alleys. They also have a coffee shop menu so you can order hot drinks and cakes. They don’t have a huge amount of seating so it’s best to book in advance if you want to eat after you bowl.
Parties at City Bowl
City Bowl offers children’s parties which are great for slightly older children. My son has been to a few parties here and really enjoyed them. I’ve been to bowling parties at other places with preschool age children and found they enjoy too but get bored after one game. Parties include both lane time and food and work out decent value when compared to paying for the two separately.
As well as bowling, City Bowl also offers pool on a pay as you play basis and is home to Chelmsford Snooker Club.
There is limited parking available at City Bowl so it’s best to arrive early to make sure you get a space. You can find prices and booking details on the City Bowl Website.
Check out our Activities section for fun things to do in Chelmsford with kids.