Barefoot Bowling

Barefoot Bowling at Hampton Bayside Bowls Club

Barefoot Bowls has returned to Hampton Bayside Bowls Club!

Barefoot Bowling is available on the Margaret Radford Green, in front of the grassed BBQ area. You are able to make use of the grassed area if there is not a function booked there at the time.  If you wish to book this area as well as a few rounds of bowls, please note this in the extra information section on the enquiry form.

You are welcome to bring your own snacks, lunch, picnic or BBQ. If you are intending on having a BBQ please note this on the form as it will need to be booked.

Remember that you can make use of our lights and enjoy a session of twilight or night bowls.


If your booking is over a week away, please feel free to use the contact form to submit your request.

If it is sooner, please CALL 0492844781 to secure your place as our emails are not monitored 24/7.


As our program is manned by volunteers, we ask that you make a booking before arriving at the club so we can ensure you are able to play. Barefoot bowls will operate while the bar is open, which is between 4.00pm and 9.30pm Thursday through Sunday.

If you have a party of 15 or more and wish to book outside these hours, please visit our functions page and fill in the form to see if we can facilitate your special request.

Barefoot Bowls Hire Fee: $100 per rink (approximately 6-8 people). For fewer than 6 people, fee is $15 per person.

BBQ Hire Fee: $25. Note that BBQ must be cleaned properly after use.

Payment options will be communicated to you once we confirm availability, although paying by bank transfer is preferred.

Hampton Bayside Bowls Club
Bendigo Bank
BSB: 633000
Account Number: 208033274

Looking forward to welcoming you back!

Barefoot Bowls Booking Enquiry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Do I wear?

You can bowl barefoot, in thongs, sneakers, in socks but no heels.

What if we've never bowled?

No worries at all. A member from our club will provide your group with a rundown of the game and a quick tutorial. We provide bowls of various sizes and weights.

What happens if I need to cancel?

November/December/January bookings: If you cancel more than 28 days prior to the date of your event, you can opt to transfer your booking to another date (pending availability), or have the deposit amount refunded back to you, minus a $50 administration fee.

Hampton Bayside Bowls Club Barefoot Bowls Cancellations made within 28 days of your booking date cannot be refunded but we are more than happy to re-schedule you’re booking to another date, pending availability. Re-scheduling and/or cancellation of booking and requesting a refund of the deposit, is at the discretion of the Club

Can I bring the kids and dog?

Children: are always welcome, but please be aware that the greens are not playgrounds or parks, and children must be supervised at all times. If they want to get in on the fun we also have sets of smaller, softer, rubber bowls for smaller hands available for tiny tots.
Children must not play any games, football, running, chasing or eating or drinking on the Green. Parents/adults must ensure strict supervision of the children.

Pets: Well behaved pets are allowed in outside areas of the club provided they are kept on a leash. We do not allow pets inside the club house or on the bowling green. We ask you to please bring doggie bags and clean up after your pet.

Can I play my own music?

Yes. Unless there is already a band or music being played at the club you may bring your portable music to play as long as it doesn’t impact or disturb other bowlers.

How do I know my booking is locked in?

Once you have booked on line or by telephone, and paid via EFT, you will receive an email confirmation of the time and date and any other related information. A copy of these FAQ’s will also be attached. A hard copy of this will be given to the organiser upon arrival and discussed by the bowler introducing you to the game.

Is the club wheelchair accessible?

Our venue is fully wheelchair accessible, including on the green.

Can I BYO drinks and/or food?

Drink: You cannot bring drinks to the Hampton Bayside Bowling Club. We are a fully licensed venue therefore personal alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. The bar stocks a range of beers, wines, non-alcoholic drinks and spirits at very reasonable prices. There are cooled water fountains near the greens.

Food: You may bring your own food and snacks and use the picnic grass area behind the Barefoot Bowls Green. Please note food is not allowed on or at the edge of the green. You may hire our BBQ for $25 but it must be cleaned and the area left in a clean and tidy state. Bins for rubbish are provided.

House Rules

We ask that you abide by the following rules:

  • No drinks on the bowling green. Drinks can be in the picnic and BBQ grass area behind the green.
  • No food on the green. Food is permitted in the picnic and BBQ grass area behind the Green.
  • No sharp objects on the green.
  • No smoking on the green or in your allocated area or in the picnic area. There are designated smoking areas at the Club.
  • No driving: that’s when you throw the bowl really fast.
  • No sitting on the bank: that is on the concrete edge of the green with your feet on the green.
  • Once your time allocation is complete you need to return the bowls to the bowls room, remove all rubbish, and clean the BBQ if it was used.