The Isle of Man Bowling Festivals reach another milestone in their one hundred plus years of history in 2023, as they mark the 40th anniversary since the Tourism department took over the running of the events back in 1983.

This ‘takeover’ was a major milestone in the progression of the festivals and at that time the organising team introduced various new ideas and competitions, which are still going strong today.

To celebrate this landmark, the organisers announce that a minimum of £3,000 has been added to the festivals prize fund – with the winners of each main men’s tournament now receiving £3,200 and the ladies’ a sum of £1,250.

This will take the minimum total to over £38,000 per year, which will include an increase of prize money for the Tourism competitions.

Since the first contest back in 1921, the island has been a popular destination for thousands of crown green bowlers from all over the British Isles who have battled it out in the 274 tournaments held over that 102-year period.

Over the course of the week there is generally up to 12 competitions, ranging from the Main tournaments down to a Last Chance mixed competition, with plenty going on between.

The competitions will be held on the three greens in Nobles Park, while two other Douglas venues – the Villa and Finch Hill – are also used. A fourth site, at nearby Onchan Park, is also in the schedule. All the venues are within a four-mile radius.

Dates for the next two events are June 19-23 and September 4-8, closing dates for entries are indicated clearly on the entry forms, which can be downloaded and then can either be sent off by post or emailed to the organisers. Please use a relevant reference if you are choosing to transfer the fees.

As always there will be a selection of open competitions taking place on the island prior to and after the festivals which will be detailed on this website once the dates and details are finalised.

Steve and the team on the Isle of Man

2023 Dates / Entry Forms

Organiser Details

Steve Moore
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07624 472952