10 Pin Bowling in Aberystwyth

Those of you who know Aberystwyth will know that it isn’t always the most up to date place, but we had promised Morgan we’d take him 10 pin bowling. Unbelievable there is a choice of two places to go, one in Llanbadarn that I’d been to a couple of times before and one in the holiday park at Clararch.

None of them are what you would call state-of-the-art facilities. The bowling place in Llanbadarn has about 10 lanes and although I haven’t been there for a few years, it was the only bowling centre I’d ever seen where the pins are held up by bits of string. That was until yesterday as the 4 lanes at Clarach also have pins held up by bits of string.

It took us (and the staff) a while to get the lanes working properly. First, after putting our money in the slots nothing happened. Once that was fixed we had a couple of goes and then realised that the balls weren’t being returned so it took a while to get that fixed as well. By now the place was filling up a little and despite the fact that it was only about 10am we had a couple of drunks in the lane next to us. They weren’t being abusive or anything so it didn’t really matter.

All was going well, I’d had a bad start because I missed my first two balls because the system was tricked into thinking I had had them by one of the staff passing under the sensor whilst trying to fix something, but it looked as though it was all working now and Morgan was enjoying himself. I was trying to catch up with the scores when I noticed that the computer hadn’t added my last score of 9 to my total… Oh, well it wasn’t really important and after the initial system failures it was pretty much what we expected. Anna was next up while I was still complaining about the lack of updates to my scores. She got 6 pins down and the computer subtracted 2 from her score!! Excellent, not adding mine on was annoying when it started taking points off it was just funny.

I wouldn’t recommend coming to Aberystwyth to go 10-pin bowling!!

Bowling at Clarach

Bowling at Clarach

Ten Pin Bowling

Ten Pin Bowling

4 Responses

  1. Lesley says:

    I thought the flintstones bowling alley in Llanbadarn closed down year years ago. H and I went there when we first moved here.

  2. Anonymous says:

    That’s the funniest thing I’ve read for a long time. Pat.

  3. Jay says:

    4 lanes, didn’t know they came that small! What’s that funny looking wooden slider thing?

  4. Alan says:

    And only three of those were working!

    The slider is for kids who can’t quite roll the ball all the way down the lane. It was better if Morgan used it as sometimes the balls (nor full size bowling balls) would wander around a bit and get stuck in between the pins and then the machine would think we had had several goes rather than just one!

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