SHORTLY after Easter is the time when outdoor bowlers get ready for the new season which, for the Portsmouth & District League, starts on Monday, April 25.
All the clubs in the area will always welcome newcomers to try their hand at the sport.
As such, a number of them are holding open days so that anyone, young or old, can have a try for free.
All you need to do is take a pair of flat soled shoes with you.
College Park host open mornings every Saturday in April at their College Park home in Kensington Road, PO2 0QD, commencing at 10am.
Pembroke Gardens host an open session on Saturday April 16, from 10.30am, at their club in Pembroke Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2NR.
Bedhampton hold an open day on Sunday, April 17, from 10.30am onwards at their club in the Bidbury Mead Recreation Ground, Bedhampton, PO9 3JG.
Gosport host a try for free event on Sunday, April 24, from 2pm to 4pm at their Anglesey Gardens home in Anglesey Road, PO12 2EG.
Hayling Island host two Open days in April at their club in Hayling Park, Station Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0HB.
They are on Sunday, April 24th and Saturday, April 30, both 10am to 4pm.
See haylingislandbowls.org for more details.
Copnor host two open days on Saturday, April 30 and Saturday, May 7, between 2pm and 4pm at their Swordsands home at the Eastern Road end of Tangiers Road, PO3 6QA.
Further information is available from Terry Budd (023) 9264 1705.
Denmead are to hold a session on Saturday, April 30, between 10am and 4pm at their club in King George V Playing Field, Ashling Park Road, Denmead, PO7 6EH.
Lee-on-the-Solent host a come and try day for all ages on Saturday, April 30, from 10am to 2pm at their club, adjacent to the Recreation Ground in Salisbury Terrace, PO13 9DL.
Contact Graham Olden on (023) 9378 0044 for more details.
Milton Park Bowling Association host an open day on Sunday, May 15, 10am to 1pm, Milton Park, PO4 8QZ.
Members from the four clubs who play there (Eastney, Milton Park Ladies, Milton Park Men and Priory) will be on hand to help.
See the website pdba.co.uk for more information about the clubs in the Portsmouth area.
– DAVE WILDMAN