We are a community not for profit bowls club based at Hilly Fields park in Lewisham. We are open to all who want to play Lawn bowls in the summer from late April to September. Our members interests range from social bowling to serious competition, so whether you are a novice or an experienced player you are most welcome.

Contact Information

New member enquiries



020 3951 8680

Francis Drake Bowls Club
Hilly Fields Park
Brockley, Lewisham



Residents near to Hilly fields park

You have walked past Francis Drake Bowls Club in the park... seen one of our posters...have a friend who plays bowls... and are now wondering how to find out more, maybe even have a go. This page is designed to give you the next steps in starting to learn to bowl.

So why play bowls?

Well apart from fun and friends...

Playing bowls is for everyone. Whatever your physique, whatever your sporting ability, bowls really is the sport for you and will improve your fitness and wellbeing.

Age and gender differences have less impact on a game of bowls than in most sports so it’s a perfect way to spend time and enjoy a bit of friendly competition.

Bowls is not expensive. You don’t need lots of new kit and we lend you the bowls.

How to get started

Come and see if you enjoy playing bowls. All you need to do is turn up wearing comfortable clothes and flat-soled shoes or trainers so you don’t damage the grass.

To get you started the club’s coaching team offer


Sessions are generally available to book on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings but we can easily book times to suit you. Register your details here and we will be in touch. 


It isn’t necessary but if you want to find out more in advance, Bowls England explains the rules and basic techniques here https://www.bowlsengland.com/getting-started/

How much does it cost?

Your initial coaching sessions are free.

After that you pay as you go, just £5 for a practice roll up session of up to three hours including the loan of equipment... though of course we have a break for tea and biscuits.

If you eventually decide you want to become a full member it only costs £80 for the full season plus £1 green fees per session. The outdoor bowls year is April to September.

Playing Bowls and improving your game

You can join our practice sessions on a pay as you go basis using club supplied bowls and be included in practice games on Tuesdays and Fridays with a 2pm start, or also at weekends.

You can use club supplied bowls until you feel confident enough to buy your own.

As your confidence grows you may want to put your name down for friendly matches against local clubs

About Francis Drake Bowls Club (FDBC)

We are based in beautiful Hilly Fields Park, Brockley. Access is easy with the 484 bus stop from Lewisham, Brockley and Ladywell stations only 60 metres away in Tyrwhitt Road and there is also on street parking.

Our bowlers range from those who enjoy social bowling to serious competitors. We welcome new players. The club is full of people looking to have fun and relax and make new friends so come meet us.

If you would like to find out more about the club’s activities click on the following link to our main website https://francisdrakebowlsclub.org - This will open in a separate window, so that you can easily come back to these pages which you are viewing now, which are aimed at prospective new members.