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About Us




The Cambridge Bowling Club is rich in history being established in 1898.

Although the club was formed in 1898 the pavilion was built later, in 1914 by local builder Fred Potts from plans by A B Herrold, and additions were made in 1938 and again throughout the 1970s, including the addition of a second green as the club's vibrant bowling membership grew.

The Club itself is of Edwardian design in a beautiful setting and cost £350.

In 2015 the Cambridge Club (Inc), a social Members Club, amalgamated with the Cambridge Bowling Club and began to trade as the Thornton Club. 

You can read more about the Cambridge Bowling Club history on the  Cambridge Museum Website.


We are a destination social club in the Cambridge area.  Suitable for all ages; individuals; couples; family groups; young families …   and anyone else I have missed.

The membership is wide and varied ensuring there is always someone to talk to over a quiet beer, wine or espresso coffee.

We are a great non-profit members Social Club offering Bowls, 8 Ball or Snooker,  Darts and Petanque.  

We have great Bar Meals, Espresso & Beverages all at Club pricing.

Joining our Club, and getting involved in the activities on offer is a great way to meet new friends in Cambridge.

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Offering a range of membership options from Full Bowling Subscription through to Social Membership, there is something for everyone.  Why don’t you enquire about joining?

Social Events

Offering a wide range of events throughout the year, from weekly quiz nights through to themed nights,  mid-winter dinners and dancing.


Sporting Events

Offering both competitive bowling and social leagues, the Thornton Club also has a Snooker/8 Ball Table, Darts & Petanque.  There is something for everyone – even if it’s just spectating.


Venue Hire

Our club facilities are available to hire to the public, special licencing may be required, so planning in advance is always best.

Get in touch today.


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