Monday September 23 2019

Lancashire venue to host inaugural novice bonspiel

Lancashire venue to host inaugural novice bonspiel

The Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre is looking for teams to take part in its inaugural novice bonspiel event next month.

The event will run from 11-13th October at the centre, near Garstang. It is open to anyone with less than two years of regular curling experience.

Guy Topping, managing director of The Flower Bowl, hopes that this will be the start of something special. He said: “The reaction to curling in the north of England has been incredible. The ice has been well booked up and Preston Curling Club has gone from 20 members to 90 in just 12 months.”

The novice bonspiel follows on from the recent inaugural open bonspiel event, which took place from 20-22nd September.

Guy added: “Our open bonspiel gave curlers from all over the world a chance to experience competitive curling a little differently, playing at our floral themed ice rink. Ten teams entered in total; a few local, some from Scotland, and we even had one come from America. It’s just fantastic to be able to host our own curling events to encourage people to try curling here. Being part of the winning team and taking home the first ever Flower Bowl trophy was the icing on the cake for team Topping. It was a very close competition but couldn’t have gone any better for us!

“The idea for the novice bonspiel came about because we have so many new curlers here. For curlers with less than two years’ experience only, it will be a great opportunity for them to try out competitive curling too.”

All teams at the novice bonspiel will play four matches over the course of the weekend in a Schenkel-style league. To take part, teams can be entered at a cost of £400 per team. This price includes ice fees, four tickets to Saturday night dinner dance (extra tickets available for £30) and four entries into a crazy golf challenge which will be played on The Secret Garden Crazy Golf course.

As with the open bonspiel, the novice teams will be playing for The Flower Bowl Trophy and £1,000 worth of Flower Bowl or Barton Grange vouchers for the team to share.

To enter a team, please email Mia Walsh at mia@bartongrangehotel.com

"The reaction to curling in the north of England has been incredible - the idea for the novice bonspiel came about because we have so many new curlers here."
Guy Topping

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