Outdoor sports facilities

You can book a variety of different sport facilities right across the city. Contact Bristol Parks for more information.

Pitch availability

Decisions on the use of football and rugby pitches during the season will be made on the morning of the Friday prior to each weekend and information will normally be published here by midday.

Football pitches

How to book football pitches

Bristol Parks provides football pitches that are available for the public to enjoy in Bristol. The football season starts on 1 September and runs through to 30 April.

We can advise you on availability and send you an application form. Please note that priority will be given to existing bookings. You will be asked to pay for your booking in two instalments or by Direct Debit.

To book a pitch please download, complete and return a pitch application pack (pdf, 0.6 MB) (opens new window) .

Football - fees and venues (pdf, 38 KB) (opens new window)

Secondary school football provision

There is also football provision at secondary school sites across the city which have signed up to community use agreements.

Find other local football pitches for hire in Bristol

Details of hiring other indoor or outdoor football pitches on a 'pay to play' basis or for  regular pitch bookings for you or your local football club.

Outdoor bowling greens

We have 17 outdoor bowling greens in Bristol. The outdoor bowls season starts on the third Saturday in April and finishes at the end of September each year.

Many bowling greens are managed by the resident clubs rather than on a casual pay and play basis and casual bookings need to be done through the clubs. If you would like to use a rink contact us and we will send you more information.

Bowling - fees and venues (pdf, 13 KB) (opens new window)

Indoor bowling

  • Bristol Indoor Bowls Club is a nine rink indoor bowls facility based in Bedminster. It is a thriving club with a large junior section and coaching available. Please visit the BIBC website or call 0117 963 3460 for further information.
  • Whitchurch Sports Centre has one rink for public use in the winter with a further two available for club use. You can book by phoning Whitchurch Sports Centre on 0127 583 3911 or in person from 10am to 11pm each day.

Cricket pitches

We have two cricket pitches in Bristol.

The cricket season starts on 1 May and runs through to 30 August each year. The cricket pitches are available Wednesday evenings from 6pm until sunset and Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm until sunset.

Unfortunately we do not have any grass cricket pitches available for casual hire.

Cricket - fees and pitches (pdf, 33 KB) (opens new window)

All weather pitches

There are a number of artificial turf and grass pitches across Bristol. Below is a list of all facilities within the Bristol boundaries. Please visit the Active Places website to see facilities in South Gloucestershire and other surrounding areas. 

Turf and grass pitches across Bristol (pdf, 8 KB) (opens new window)

Ashton Court golf course

Within the heart of Ashton Court Estate lie two 18-hole par 3 golf courses that are managed by the council.

Members of the public are able to 'pay and play' on the 18-hole Plateau Course or the Lodge Course. The course also offers free car parking and club hire.

Rugby pitches

We have seven rugby pitches in Bristol.

The rugby season starts on 1 September and runs through to 30 April each year.

You can make seasonal bookings for all pitches by telephone, we can advise you on availability and send you an application form.

Please note that priority will be given to existing bookings.

You will be asked to pay for your booking in two instalments or by Direct Debit.

Rugby fees and charges (pdf, 10 KB) (opens new window)

Booking casual rugby pitches

You can make casual bookings for all pitches between 12noon on Tuesday until 4.30pm on Wednesday for the following weekend. Pitches are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Portway Rugby Development Centre

Portway Rugby Centre has a floodlit 3G all weather pitch and two full size rugby pitches available for hire. Please call 0117 353 2737 or visit the website for more information.

Tennis courts

We have 34 tennis courts in Bristol. There are a further 14 tennis courts (4 indoor, 10 outdoor) available to the public through partnership with the Coombe Dingle Sports Complex. The Coombe Dingle Sports Complex is open all year round from 9.00am - 11.00pm seven days a week. All tennis courts are tarmac.

It is no longer possible to book courts in advance for casual games unless you arrange this with the club who manages the courts directly.

To contact any tennis clubs, please visit our Bristol City Tennis Club page.

Contact us

To book a venue or for more information or an application/booking form contact Bristol Parks.

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