Far more than just golf

Bells Hotel is far more than just a golf resort; it also boasts a county standard bowling green which has six rinks and is maintained to exceptional standards. The green has its own patio seating area and a brand new south-facing balcony overlooking it, on which guests can relax with a drink and enjoy watching some play. The hotel therefore makes for a wonderful base to play a variety of local teams, and we’re proud to have recently hosted a great many county touring teams who have visited from all over the country.

Outdoor bowls breaks are available throughout the summer months, and four-night short mat bowls breaks are also available during the winter. These breaks include bed, breakfast, three-course evening meals and entertainment each night. We also find guided tours of the Forest of Dean to be incredibly popular with our guests and offer a fantastic opportunity to get to know the local area while enjoying a bowls break.

If you’re looking for a totally unique bowls break in the Forest of Dean, we’re more than happy to help you create it. We can tailor-make the most perfect holiday for you and your group to ensure your bowls tour is one to remember.


Since 2009, the Bells Hotel has been equipped with its very own short mat bowls centre. Four full size short mats are available in the centre, along with a viewing gallery for viewers to comfortably relax as they watch some games. Ever since its opening, the short mats centre has proved incredibly popular and is now used 12 months of the year, by both hotel guests and our club members.

Typically, a four-night short mat break will cost £181.00 per person. This includes half-board accommodation, an in-house bowls competition and evening entertainment. For more details or to discuss a bespoke short mats break, please get in touch.

For the past eight years we have been accommodating outdoor bowls tours and have grown an excellent reputation for providing impeccable service. Our friendly, welcoming attitude has made us a firm favourite with a variety of guests, particularly county tours.

Typically, our outdoor breaks, which are available throughout summer only, cost £57.00 per person per night. This includes bed, breakfast, coffee and a three-course evening meal. We also give courtesy of our bowls green to resident bowlers, to allow them to host opposing teams.

Since 1981 when it was first founded, the Royal Forest of Dean Bowls Club has gone from strength to strength, both in its Outdoor section and its Short Mat section. We welcome new members for each section, and you are free to join both if you wish. Short mat bowls is played all year round, while outdoor bowls is restricted to summer months only.

For more details on our bowls membership, please Click Here to download our membership form.

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