It was an action-packed weekend on the ice as The Flower Bowl hosted the ECA Seniors Curling Bonspiel on 12th-14th January. Four male teams and three female teams competed for the sought-after prizes. Congratulations to our company directors Guy and Peter Topping for being part of the men’s winning team. And what a result for Team Harsch who took the women’s seniors title for the second year running! The Flower Bowl is home to the only full sized curling rink in England and regularly hosts major tournaments. Both teams will now go on and compete in the World Senior Curling Championship in Sweden in April 2024.
The team at The Flower Bowl is celebrating after being named as a finalist in Marketing Lancashire’s 2023 Tourism Awards in the Accessible and Inclusive Tourism category. This award celebrates tourism experiences that ensure all visitors can have a great time without any barriers or restrictions. It recognises businesses that improve their facilities for a wide range of customers who may have additional needs. These include disabled people, seniors, families with young children, and those with a medical condition. The Lancashire Tourism Awards is the biggest and only county-wide celebration of tourism excellence in Lancashire. The winners will be announced on Tuesday 6th February 2024 at a ceremony to be held at King Georges Hall in Blackburn.
This season’s sweetest new blockbuster launches at The Flower Bowl on Friday December 8th. With Timothée Chalamet singing and dancing his heart out in the lead role, Hugh Grant playing an Oompa Loompa and Paddington director Paul King at the helm, Wonka promises to be a delicious sugar-coated treat. The film focuses on Wonka’s early life as he dreams of opening a chocolate shop but faces opposition from his corrupt competitors. It’s a warm, feel good movie that The Telegraph has described as “the most fun you’ll have in a cinema all year”. Tickets are selling fast so book now to avoid disappointment.
The countdown to the big day is on so it’s time to put up the tree, open the mince pies and start binge-watching Christmas films. We’ve lined up a fantastic selection of festive crackers including the all-time classics Elf and Love Actually. CBeebies Panto is back on our screens for another Christmassy adventure, this time with Robin Hood at the helm. Andre Rieus’ White Christmas is always a festive treat to look forward to and The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker is simply enchanting. New for 2023 is Journey to Bethlehem, a live-action musical adventure for the whole family to enjoy. And finally, Simon Callow enacts the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge in a moving telling of A Christmas Carol. Our deluxe cinema is the perfect place to cosy up with a hot chocolate or glass of fizz and let the festive feelings flow!
Our Corporate Christmas Parties are back with a bang this year. We’ve launched an action-packed range of fun festive packages to choose from. The Whole in One Day includes bowling, crazy golf, curling, festive fizz and lunch for £70pp. The Strike It Lucky party offers exclusive use of the Copper Lounge, two private bowling lanes, festive fizz, buffet and karaoke for £25pp. Or enjoy a two-course meal with festive fizz plus a choice of curling, bowling or crazy golf. We can also organise a bespoke event just for you. The choice is yours! And book a Strike it Lucky package for January and February 2024 to get a saving of £17 per person compared to the usual price.
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It’s time to put on your dancing shoes for a fabulous evening of disco, drama and delicious food. The Ocean Restaurant is hosting a thrilling murder mystery event inspired by the funky 1970’s era. Murder on the Dancefloor is a fun interactive experience hosted by Black Watch Entertainment featuring a cast of talented actors. Plunge into a world of suspense and intrigue, as you put on your detective hat to solve the crime. Fancy dress is definitely encouraged so dig out your platforms and bell-bottoms! The event takes place at 7pm-10pm on Friday 23rd February and includes a meal and a complimentary glass of fizz.
Enjoy a taste of Christmas at The Flower Bowl with the launch of our delicious festive menus. New at Blooms for 2023 is our Christmas pizza topped with pigs in blankets! We’ve also launched two limited edition sandwiches – turkey and nut roast. Our famous mince pies are now available with a choice of festive drinks including mulled wine and Bailey’s hot chocolate. The Flower Bowl venue manager Emily Topping says: “We hope these delicious new additions will add some extra joy to the season. They won’t be around for long so treat yourself now!” Also coming soon to the Oasis menu is the classic flavour combo of Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Panini plus a Nut Roast, Brie and Cranberry vegetarian option. They are guaranteed to put you in a festive mood!
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For two nights only, Sir Cliff Richard is bringing his Blue Sapphire Tour to cinemas. Designed to celebrate his 65th year in music, the show includes many of his biggest hits including Move It, Wired For Sound and Saviour’s Day. Recorded at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in London, the movie will also include never-seen-before footage. Sir Cliff says: “This is a great opportunity for fans to experience one of my concerts from the comfort of their local cinema. I’ll be performing my biggest hits and favourite tracks from throughout my career.”
The cinema screenings are at 7pm on 25th November and 3pm on 26th November.
Enjoy a Christmas party with a difference at Lancashire’s number one visitor attraction. We’ve got a fantastic line-up of fun party packages to choose from with all the trimmings included. Take your pick from the Olympic sport of curling, ten-pin bowling and crazy golf. Our Copper Lounge comes complete with a bar, sound system and optional karaoke. Venue manager Emily Topping says: “With unique activities, festive food and fabulous décor, The Flower Bowl is the perfect venue for your Christmas party. We recommend booking as soon as you can!”
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Congratulations to Team Opel who won the 2023-2024 ECA National Mixed Doubles Championship which took place at The Flower Bowl. A big thanks to all 12 teams who took part in the event and provided us with some thrilling curling action. Team Opel will be taking part in the World Mixed Doubles Qualification Competition in Dumfries in December representing Team England. We can’t wait to host the Seniors Championship in January 2024!
What a night the team had at the Best of Lancashire Awards! The Flower Bowl was head sponsor of the event which took place at the Woodland Spa hosted by The Lancashire Evening Post. Our managing director Guy Topping was one of the judges and gave a welcome speech. Guy says: “Lancashire is home to a remarkable array of talent, businesses and individuals and it’s a privilege to be able to recognise and celebrate their contributions through the Best of Lancashire Awards.” The event raised a total of £1,338.11 on the night.
Climb aboard our new spine-tingling VR ride for a frightfully fun time the whole family can enjoy. Our Spooky Cart Ride will spirit you away into a haunted barn where creepy crawlies, ghastly ghouls and sinister scarecrows await. Book now if you dare! Available until Monday 13th November £6pp. Book online and ask for the Spooky Cart ride at our information desk at your timeslot!
The Flower Bowl is celebrating after being shortlisted for Lancashire Tourism Award’s Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award 2023. Designed to recognise tourism businesses that excel in providing an inclusive customer experience, the award particularly focuses on venues with accessibility requirements. Emily Topping, venue manager, says: “We have always wanted The Flower Bowl to be fully accessible for our guests so as many people as possible can enjoy what we have on offer. Over the past year we have put a big focus on accessibility, so it is great to be recognised for our efforts.” The winner will be announced on 6th February 2024.
Last night we rolled out the red carpet for NEW British rom-com… Ghosted! Our guests joined us for the first screening outside of Leicester Square to watch this award-winning film. They enjoyed a drinks reception and an exclusive live Q&A with lead star, writer and producer Jade Asha! What a wonderful evening it was!
We had a fantastic weekend hosting our first bonspiel of 2023! Thank you to all 8 teams who competed over the three days and a big congratulations to our winners! In 1st place was team Moat, 2nd place was team Bailey and 3rd place was team Cooper.
The Flower Bowl team is celebrating after winning the prestigious Lancashire Tourism Award for Visitor Attraction of the Year 2022. We collected the coveted title at a special ceremony hosted by Britain’s Got Talent finalist and panto veteran Steve Royle at Blackpool Winter Gardens. The Flower Bowl’s manager Emily Topping says: “We’re absolutely thrilled to win this award. Throughout the recent challenges facing the hospitality sector, we’ve worked really hard to develop and strengthen our offering. This award is a fantastic accolade and a great boost for the whole team.” The Flower Bowl will now be entered into the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2023.
Local schools were given 5 weeks of free beginner curling lessons before competing in an inter-schools curling competition on Tuesday. All 8 teams showed off the skills they had learned and it was great to see young talent shine here at The Flower Bowl. Congratulations to Garstang St Thomas School who came 1st place! Each child was given a free voucher for our Junior Curling Club – we hope to see you all there!