Norwich weddings - in bowls centre

David BaleIt may not be the most exotic location but blushing brides could soon get married at a Norfolk bowling centre.David Bale

It may not be the most exotic location but blushing brides could soon get married at a bowling centre.

Roundwood Indoor Bowls and Function Centre in Ringland Road, Taverham already hosts wedding receptions, and director Mary Tuddenham said today 'Why not marriages as well?'

An application for a licence under the Marriage Act to conduct marriages and civil partnerships at the centre has been submitted to Norfolk County Council - and if it succeeds, it will be the latest quirky marriage venue.

The Evening News has previously reported on how mad-keen Canaries' fans have persuaded their loved ones to tie the knot at Carrow Road, and The Mall Norwich shopping centre is awaiting approval for its licence submitted last November.

Director Mary Tuddenham said: 'It may sound a bit different, but we already hold receptions at the centre and a lot of people have asked us why we don't hold marriages as well, so there is the demand for it.

'We are not a bowling alley but a quite sedate bowling centre.

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'Marriages would probably be conducted in our function room, which has its own facilities, dance floor, entrance, bar and secluded garden and has recently been refurbished to accommodate up to 120 people.

'And if the event is too big for the room, we can extend into the adjoining bar area which has also been refurbished and by using purpose made screens we can accommodate up to 250 people.'

The application was made at the same time as ones for the Oaklands Hotel in Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew and Noir bar and pub, formerly Indulge, in Queen Street, Norwich.

People have three weeks to raise any objections to the bids, which can be inspected at County Hall, Fifth Floor, Martineau Lane, Norwich from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm on Friday.

Objections should be sent to the proper officer for registration matters in the chief executive's department at County Hall.

Did you marry or do you plan to marry in an unusual location? Call Evening News reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email