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Join our network of tenpin bowling industry members.


We are the Trade Association for tenpin bowling in Great Britain.

Founded in 1961 in response to the rapid development of tenpin bowling, the United Kingdom Tenpin Bowing Operators – UKTBO (originally named the Tenpin Bowling Proprietors’ Association of Great Britain – TBPA) was formed as an umbrella organisation.

Since then, we have grown considerably as an organisation and are now firmly established as the trade association for the tenpin bowling industry in the UK.

Our aim is to represent the interests of our members whilst promoting tenpin bowling and raising its profile throughout the country.

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  • Tenpin Bowling is now a major industry and contributor to the economy
  • The industry currently employs approximately 10,000 Employees
  • The estimated value of the tenpin bowling market is over £250 million
  • There are approximately 350 bowling centres in the United Kingdom
  • Tenpin Bowling is busiest during the winter season and at the weekends

Our group of Member Companies have a combined total of 3,700 bowling lanes in the UK.

They are responsible for approximately 150 bowling centres with some 3,700 bowling lanes. The TBPA’s membership has a wide geographical spread across the UK. The three major bowling equipment suppliers are also Members.

We work closely with local and national Government & independent organisations and offer advice to help our Members comply with law & regulations. We also encourage high standard business practices through a voluntary Code of Practice.

Our Members

The UKTBO is proud to include some of the biggest names in the industry. Both operators and trade members who have expertise in all areas from bowling machines, tenpin bowling lanes and all ancillary bowling equipment.

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Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl Group plc is a leading international leisure operator of ten-pin bowling and mini-golf centres.

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More than just bowling, Tenpin offer karaoke, laser tag, and escape rooms - fun and entertainment for everyone!

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Superbowl UK

At Superbowl UK we’re proud to identify ourselves as the UK’s Ultimate Family Entertainment Centre.

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All Star Lanes

With retro bowling lanes, luxury karaoke booths, cocktail bars and restaurants serving up American comfort food.

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NAMCO funscapes offer a lot more than tenpin bowling and are truly offering family entertainment on a grand style.

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Lane 7

Boutique bowling alley. Bowl, play, feast and drink. Lose yourself. All. Night. Long. Lane7 brings it, so will you.

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Disco Bowls

Disco Bowl is an innovative operator of fun, exciting, entertaining and vibrant venues catering for both the family and adult.

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Reasons To Join The UKTBO

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Influence Your Sector

We are the voice of the Tenpin Bowling industry. Members can liaise directly with Industry Sub Groups and those involved in lobbying.

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Should a problem occur, you can be assured that we’re in your corner. We can provide advice or put you in touch with another Member who can help..

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Extend Your Knowledge

Want to find out how others in the industry solve their challenges? Just ask our team. We can help you or put you in touch with a Member who can.

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Send Out The Right Message

Show your customers, insurers and regulators that you belong to a Trade Association with a respected reputation for social responsibility.

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Raising The Profile Of Tenpin Bowling

As a Member you will have your sites listed on our “” website which features high in searches and provides direct links to your website.

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How the UKTBO works


The UKTBO’s programme is proposed by the Executive Committee, who meet at least three times a year to review plans. These proposals are then put before all of our Members.


By undertaking promotions that raise the profile of tenpin bowling. This will sometimes be achieved in co-operation with third parties and outside agencies.


At all times, the UKTBO carries out its function and programme of work only by lawful means and within the ethics of good business practice.

Fill in our application form to join the UKTBO and become Member

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