Bowls is one of the most popular leisure activities for pensioners, and can be enjoyed on both a social and competitive level.

Green bowls (the most common form of the game) can be played at thousands of local authority venues throughout the country, most of which have an adjoining café where you can have tea and cake instead of bothering with the game itself.

Crown green bowls is played predominantly in the north and is a very different form of the game.  The green itself is domed like St Pauls Cathedral and the woods, which are made of coal, are delivered from the shoulder as in the shot put.

In the main, the rules governing play and sporting etiquette are broadly similar, though fighting is compulsory in crown green bowls, while discussing hydrangeas between ends is mandatory in green bowls.

Soup bowls are only played in the Isle of Man.