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Paintballing with 100 Balls and Hot Buffet for Up to 15 People at Skirmish Central
Skirmish Central
Granary Farm Woods, Bedfordshire
£10.99 from£4.00
63% discount_off
Paintball and pizza for one
200+ bought
Bricket Wood Paintball: Full-Day Experience For Up to Ten People With 100 Balls Each
Bricketwood Paintball
Lye Lane, Bricket Wood 17.3 km
£99.99 £10.00
89% discount_off
Paintball For Up to Ten With 100 Paintballs Each
1,000+ bought
Entry for Up to Six to Upside Down House UK, Four Locations
Upside Down House UK
4 Locations 17.6 km
3.9
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154 Ratings
£10.00 from£6.00
40% discount_off
For two: entry to Upside Down House, four locations; children under 3 go for free
Axe Throwing or Air Gun Shooting for Up to Four at Target Sports World (Up to 25% Off)
Target Sports World
Unit 5, Avenue industrial Estate, Romford 15.8 km
4.4
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9 Ratings
£46.00 from£35.00
23% discount_off
For two: session of air gun shooting or axe throwing; valid Wed-Sun
Under 17s Motorsport Academy Drive and Licence Experience at Drift Limits
Drift Limits
Drift Limits, Bovingdon Airfield,, Hemel Hempstead 23.4 km
4.4
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79 Ratings
£70.00 from£35.00
50% discount_off
Mazda MX-5: under 17s Motorsport Academy drive and licence experience
Two High Rope Course Experiences for Two Adults or Family of Four at Skywalk Adventures
Skywalk Adventure
More Lane, Surrey 13.9 km
4.8
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28 Ratings
£60.00 from£29.00
51% discount_off
For two adults: two high rope course experiences
Pet and Play for Up to Four or Pig Enthusiast Experience for One or Two at Kew Little Pigs
Kew Little Pigs
High Street, Amersham 24.3 km
4.2
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291 Ratings
£30.00 from£21.00
30% discount_off
For one: 90-minute pet and play experience with miniature pigs
Escape Room Game for Two, Four or Six at Adventox
Adventox
First Floor, West 12 Shopping Centre, London 4.0 km
4.6
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274 Ratings
£79.00 from£39.00
50% discount_off
Escape room game for two
Santus Circus, 16 December - 3 January at Orpington (Up to 46% Off)
Santus Circus
Court Road, Orpington 14.7 km
4.1
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131 Ratings
£15.00 from£8.00
46% discount_off
One (1) front tier ticket to Santus Circus at Orpington: Wed 16 December / 7:30 p.m.
4-Lap One-Secret-Supercar or 16-Lap Three-Secret-Supercar Driving Experience at Drift Limits (50% Off)
Drift Limits
Drift Limits, Bovingdon Airfield,, Hemel Hempstead 23.4 km
4.4
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79 Ratings
£58.00 from£29.00
50% discount_off
Four-lap driving experience in one secret supercar; valid Monday and Wednesday - Saturday
One- or Two-Hour Indoor Trampoline Park Access for One, Two or Four at
Jump Giants-A
Unit 2 Coln Industrial Estate,, Slough 16.9 km
3.9
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85 Ratings
£12.00 from£8.50
29% discount_off
One-Hour Jump Access for One
20-Module Photography Course from Photography Made Easy
Photography Made Easy
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4.5
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12 Ratings
£295.00 £14.00
95% discount_off
20-module online photography course
45-Minute Escorted Horse Ride for Up to Six at Kingsmead Equestrian Centre
Kingsmead Equestrian Centre
Kingswood Lane, Warlingham 13.4 km
4.4
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57 Ratings
£30.00 from£24.00
20% discount_off
45-minute escorted horse ride for one
Murder on the Underground Express Online Event for Up to Four at The Whodunnit (Up to 50% Off)
The Whodunnit
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£10.00 from£6.00
40% discount_off
One (1) ticket to Murder on the Underground Express online event
70+ bought
Interactive Virtual Murder Mystery Game with Spirit of Glasgow (Up to 52% Off)
Spirit of Glasgow
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4.1
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7 Ratings
£5.00 from£3.00
40% discount_off
The Silent Night Murder: interactive virtual murder mystery game; available in December
Online Room Escape Game with Family Secrets (41% Off)
Family Secrets
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5.0
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1 Ratings
£12.00 £6.99
41% discount_off
Online room escape game for one device; customers must be 12 or over
CDP Accredited Cake Baking and Decoration Online Course from Course Gate (94% Off)
Course Gate
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3.6
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11 Ratings
£175.00 £9.00
94% discount_off
CPD-accredited cake baking and decorating online course
One-Hour VR Gaming Session for Up to Four at Limitless VR (Up to 56% Off)
Limitless VR
79 High Street, Croydon 9.6 km
4.3
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36 Ratings
£22.50 from£11.00
51% discount_off
One headset: one-hour VR session; valid Friday - Sunday
Choice of 60-Minute Segway Experience for Two with Segway Events, 13 Locations
Segway Events
13 Locations 5.7 km
3.9
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54 Ratings
£50.00 from£19.99
60% discount_off
For Two People: 60-minute Segway Experience, Monday - Friday
45-Minute Segway Ride for One or Two with Segway Unleashed
Segway Unleashed
Tilburstow Hill Road, South Godstone 20.3 km
4.9
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16 Ratings
£49.00 from£19.00
61% discount_off
45-minute Segway experience for one
Soft Play Centre Entry for One or Two Children at Kassiopi Cove
Kassiopi Cove
2 Colebrook Street, Erith 13.4 km
4.6
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48 Ratings
£7.20 from£3.50
51% discount_off
One child: soft play centre entry
Indoor Wine Experience with Glass of Sparkling for One, Two or Four at Denbies Wine Estate
Denbies Wine Estate
London Rd, Dorking 20.1 km
4.5
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86 Ratings
£16.00 from£8.50
46% discount_off
For one: indoor classic wine experience with a glass of sparkling wine; new customers only; must be 18 or older
Christmas Lights London Bus Tour for Child or Adult with Premium Tours (Up to 58% Off)
Premium Tours
164 Buckingham Palace Road, London 1.5 km
4.5
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506 Ratings
£34.00 from£14.00
58% discount_off
One (1) child ticket (ages 3-16) to Christmas Lights tour
Supercar Thrill and Blast Driving Experience for Up to Five Cars with Drift Limits
Drift Limits
Drift Limits, Bovingdon Airfield,, Hemel Hempstead 23.4 km
4.4
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79 Ratings
£80.00 from£39.00
51% discount_off
One car: Blast supercar driving experience
London Gangster Bus Tour for Up to Four from Gangster Tours
Gangster Tours
Liverpool Street, London 1.9 km
4.5
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131 Ratings
£23.00 from£15.00
34% discount_off
For one: London gangster bus tour
Choice of 60- or 90-Minute VR Experience for Two or Four at Virtual Rising (Up to 40% Off)
Virtual Rising
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£40.00 from£24.00
40% discount_off
For two: individual 60-minute virtual reality gaming experience; valid 7 days a week
8 bought
Vue: Two or Five Cinema Tickets, Available in 90 Locations Nationwide (No Booking Fees)
Vue
91 Locations 0.2 km
4.4
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105 Ratings
from £20.00
Two cinema tickets (Online Booking Only)

Bowling in London: things to know before you go

Become a bowling guru with our answers to all your ten-pin queries.

What is ten-pin bowling?

Ten-pin bowling is a sport with the aim of knocking down as many pins as possible with a heavy bowling ball. Each player has ten rounds, in each of which they get to bowl twice – unless you hit a strike and knock down all ten with your first ball. In that case, you get to double your next score. If you knock all 10 down in two attempts, your score from the first bowl of your next go is doubled. Most points after everyone has bowled ten rounds wins!

Ten-pin bowling is widely thought to have originated in the States, where it’s hugely popular, but much like craft beer, it’s not actually an American export at all.

Early forms of the game are thought to have come from the German sport Kegelspiel, which involved knocking down nine pins laid in a diamond formation. Some sources claim that the ten-pin version of the game came about in 1841, when the state of Connecticut banned nine-pin bowling for its association with gambling and crime. The tenth addition was a clever loophole to allow bowlers to keep knocking those pins down.

Whether that’s true or not, ten-pin bowling has emerged over the last 200 years as an accessible alternative to lawn bowling enjoyed by the upper classes.

Where can I find bowling alleys in London?

All over the place. Even for all the game’s popularity, you’d be surprised how many venues have space dedicated to the art of rolling heavy balls at pins. The nature of bowling alleys has changed, too.

There are still your classic examples of spacious, kid-friendly venues with loads of lanes, arcade games and tinged with a liberal dose of Americana. You’ll typically be able to grab some grub in between games too.

A little more specialist but no less family-friendly is The Base. This Wembley bowling spot is famed for its flame-grilled burgers and American-inspired desserts. Sip on a delicious milkshake and tuck into waffles soaked in syrup after you’ve finished practicing your strike celebrations, then head for the pool tables.

Where’s the best place to have a beer while I bowl?

Beer and bowling – the perfect combination for many. London has more than its fair share of bowling alleys that serve alcohol, so you’re spoiled for choice. If you really want to make a night of it with your friends, check out Lava Lanes. As well as a few games of bowling, you can savour a carefully crafted cocktail, expertly served up by the staff.

What is a ten-pin strike in bowling, and how can I learn to do it?

A strike is when you knock down all ten pins in one single bowl, not only netting yourself ten points but also doubling your score on the next round.

You might well manage a few strikes through sheer luck if you tend to consistently hit the pins, but you won’t be able to do it reliably without a lot of practice and some keen strategy.

To knock all ten pins down, hit the front pin at a slight angle so that the ball also ploughs through into the three pins at the back, known as the pocket. To get that angle, you need to learn to put spin on the ball to bowl what the pros call a ‘hook’.

This video from NHK World TV might help, but you’ll also need to practice and persevere!