English Riviera Open Bowls Tournament

"The 2023 tournament was the final event and the competition has now closed"  

It is known that many supporters were disappointed at the demise of this English Riviera Open Bowls Tournament.  I am now aware that KINGS B.C. intend to run an Open Triples competition on similar dates to those used for our tournament.

In 2024, these will be Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June.    The competition will be initially based on "round robin" play with knockout final stages.

Full information, publicity material and entry forms can be found using the following link. https://www.kingsbowlingclub.com/stot

Please note that this new tournament is not connected to the E.R.O.B.T  or the committee which ran it.


All three are all located on the main Torquay sea front and within easy walking distance of each other. We particularly thank those who have regularly supported us over the years, trust they will continue to do so and hopefully introduce new faces.


The English Riviera Open Bowls Tournament, which started in 1994, succeeded the previous Torquay Open Tournament which had ceased after the 1992 event.

The Torbay Council, concerned at the loss of the event, called a meeting of interested parties in the late season of 1993 and it was resolved to restart the tournament under its new name.

The Council agreed to undertake all administration, publicity and financial responsibility and a committee of local bowlers was formed to advise on bowling aspects and to steward the event.  It was agreed that the Council would safeguard the trophies, which had been obtained from the previous event and these would, together with cash prizes, be awarded annually to winners and others as detailed in the programme. 

With the club's cooperation, the greens of Torquay B.C. and Kings B.C. were used in addition to the two Council owned greens in Abbey Park.   Initially, the competitions held were Men's & Ladies Singles, Men's & Ladies Pairs and a Men's Triples. By popular demand a Mixed Pairs was added in 1995. 

From 2004, the Council began a gradual withdrawal of its involvement with the event and the organisation passed to the bowling committee. It is presently run by that committee with elected officers, a Coordinator, Assistant Coordinator and  Treasurer. The Torbay Council did, up to 2018 , award an annual grant to assist with the running costs. 

In 2006, the committee welcomed the involvement of the Victoria B.C. based at the Abbey pavilion.  In 2010, one of the public greens on the Abbey was privatised and the facility was lost to the committee. The competition continues on the greens of the three host clubs.

As from 2019, the tournament will be without financial support from Torbay Council.