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Review: Hollywood Bowl, Hull

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panoramic interior

A family day out bowling is a great way to spend time together during the school holidays or at weekends and as a bowling alley near to me has recently had a makeover, we went along to see what the new look Hollywood Bowl in Hull was all about!

Here is a shot of the interior:
panoramic interior

We haven’t been bowling in ages so we got on our bowling shoes and selected the right ball!
family shot

Choosing the right ball is important for the technique, so Marie from Hollywood Bowl helped my children pick the right size for them. In this video you can see her helping my son choose then he goes on to achieve a great result at the pins – watch his victory dance afterwards!

On the video there was a 360 degree tour of the venue so you can see how nice it all looks now it has been revamped. A lot of the interior glass walls have come down which gives it a more modern and open feel and the decor is contemporary and exciting. We purposefully chose to visit early on a Saturday morning so that the venue would be quiet which helped me to get the kind of shots I wanted for my blog post. As the morning progressed it got busier with families in playing games and having lunch, and it was busy when we left!

Here are the bowling balls and lanes.
bowling balls lanes and skittles

balls and lanes

When you are allocated a lane, you add in the players names to the screen and then take it in turns to bowl. The object of the game is to knock all the pins down and you get 10 opportunities per game to get a strike. If you throw a strike (the best result) on the first throw, then you have knocked down all the skittles. If you only manage to knock some of the pins down, you get a second throw to try and get the rest. If you are a good bowler the game could potentially be over quite quickly but as we were not, and there were four of us playing, it took us about 45 minutes to play the first game.

Me and the kids all opted to have the lane barriers up on our throws so our balls didn’t end up in the gutter, but my husband had the barriers down and he still won the game! I think it’s his years of rugby training and sports in general – it helped him with laser focus!

After two games we went off to Harry’s Kitchen – the newly revamped diner restaurant for lunch. In all honesty I wasn’t expecting much. I was going to a bowling alley for lunch after all, so I thought I’d get a ‘fast food’ style burger. I was blown away by what we did get. The burgers are handmade on the premises, freshly to order and were delicious. We also got an onion ring stack, french fries, sweet potato fries, my son had a hot dog and everything was served attractively on wooden paddles. Take a look:

meals on wood platters

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burger & sweet potato fries

Don’t these look delicious?

Have a look at what we shared for dessert!
sharing dessert

The prices were reasonable and the quality was fantastic. This would make a great family day out and they also do children’s parties and events for adults too if you are having a work night out.

Thank you to Hollywood Bowl, Hull for hosting us and special thanks to Marie for looking after us on the day – she anticipated our every need and was truly awesome. You can find this venue at Kingswood Leisure Park, Gibraltar Road, Hull, HU7 3DB. Tel: 0844 826 1461 or visit

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Disclosure: We were given two games of bowling and lunch at Harry’s Kitchen for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

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Comments to Review: Hollywood Bowl, Hull

  • I love the look of that dessert!!! x

    Helen Neale 24th August 2015 3:35 pm Reply
    • It was like a fruit bowl of ice cream!!

      Nadine Hill 24th August 2015 4:28 pm Reply
  • As a family, we adore bowling. This looks like a fantastic day out for all the family – perfect for these wet days we are having this holiday!

    Helen Dickinson 24th August 2015 5:22 pm Reply
    • Very true- it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing when you are bowling!

      Nadine Hill 25th August 2015 8:23 am Reply
  • We had my son’s party at our local Hollywood Bowl and I genuinely couldn’t fault it! Everything was perfect for him and him and his friends had a blast x

    cass 24th August 2015 5:30 pm Reply
    • It’s a fab idea for children’s parties isn’t it? I think most kids enjoy bowling!

      Nadine Hill 25th August 2015 8:22 am Reply
  • Oh I haven’t been bowling in forever I used to love it though. x

    Sarah Bailey 24th August 2015 8:56 pm Reply
  • That looks like a fab bowling alley, the food looks amazing x

    Sonia @ This Mummy Loves 25th August 2015 10:19 am Reply
  • Love the images! The place looks lovely and that food… yummy! We haven’t been bowling for ages as a family and it’s so much fun, really must book something soon x

    Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours 25th August 2015 10:50 am Reply
  • oh i do love bowling as a family and the food looks great

    lisa prince 25th August 2015 11:12 am Reply
  • I’d go for the food alone haha. That sundae looks amazing!! x

    The Mini Mes and Me 25th August 2015 11:39 am Reply
  • To be honest seeing that dessert, I would let you get on with the bowling and I would be happy to eat x

    Rachel 25th August 2015 3:51 pm Reply
    • haha I was of that mind too!

      Nadine Hill 26th August 2015 6:25 am Reply
  • We haven’t been bowling for ages – I think that we need to make a family date. That dessert looks irresistible!

    Mums do travel 25th August 2015 5:28 pm Reply
  • We love going bowling – and wow to that pudding!!!

    Sonya Cisco 26th August 2015 10:28 am Reply
    • Tell me about it! I wonder how many games I should play to burn off the calories in that!

      Nadine Hill 26th August 2015 11:36 am Reply
  • I absolutely love bowling. I’m looking forward to when my two are old enough to have a proper go of it.

    Adele 26th August 2015 11:09 am Reply
  • It’s a really smart looking venue. We love bowling as a family.

    Erica Price 26th August 2015 4:52 pm Reply
  • I love the decor and the food looks amazing – especially the dessert. I have promised Isaac we will go bowling soon, but never get round to it

    Kara 27th August 2015 6:58 pm Reply
  • My boys and I love bowling. We love visiting our Hollywood bowl;. It is a great place for family fun with decent clean food

    Jen 27th August 2015 9:41 pm Reply
  • I don’t think I’ve taken mine bowling yet. They would love it

    Clare nicholas 28th August 2015 4:39 pm Reply
  • What a fantastic place for a family day out. Off to check our nearest one.

    VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood 29th August 2015 6:35 pm Reply
  • We have a Hollywood Bowl near us and the food is lovely and pretty good value, too!

    Lucy Dorrington 29th August 2015 9:33 pm Reply
    • I was surprised at how nice it all was – we’d definitely go again.

      Nadine Hill 30th August 2015 5:12 pm Reply
  • Super photo’s and video. It looks so much fun and the food looks amazing. xxx

    Zingzingtree 1st September 2015 9:59 pm Reply
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