Doncaster Wool Market: New bowling, darts and gaming zone to open today

A brand new gaming zone offering bowling, darts and more is set to open in Doncaster’s Wool Market today.

By Darren Burke
Thursday, 14th April 2022, 9:48 am

The attraction is aimed at visitors of all ages and will add to the wide range of food and drink options on offer following the conversion of the building from traditional market stalls to a leisure and entertainment venue several years ago.

See a video of the new gaming zone HERE

The Free Press was given a sneak preview of the new attraction which includes a four lane bowling alley, interactive darts boards in a pub-style setting and three shuffleboard tables – where competitors can test their skills on a game similar to Winter Olympics favourite curling.

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Free Press reporter Darren Burke and partner Giulia Savini try out the new gaming zone at the Wool Market.

Reporter Darren Burke and partner Giulia Savini were given an exclusive chance to test the games out ahead of the opening.

A retro gaming arcade featuring classics such as Pac Man as well as a dance machine and driving games is set to follow at the end of April.

The new leisure zone will open for the first time tonight and will be open across the Easter weekend – with visitors young and old set to flock to the new attraction.

The duckpin bowling alley, the first of its kind in Doncaster, is similar to traditional ten pin bowling – but with much shorter lanes, pins on ropes rather than freestanding and with smaller balls withour finger holes.

Players can simply walk-in and pay to play or book games in advance.

There are also three interactive darts games, where players can try their hand at a traditional game or arrows, or a range of new, family friendly fun games for participants of all skill levels.

The electronic boards are set in a cosy, wood-panelled environment, aimed at replicating a traditional Britiish pub, with colourful carpets and pub stools and tables.

And if that wasn’t enough, visitors can also try their hand at shuffleboard, a game that’s sure to bring out the competitive streak in many!

The game sees opponents sliding discs along a smooth, flat surface with the aim of scoring points – but the game is far trickier than it looks!

The retro gaming arcade will arrive later this year when the new attraction will be officially launched.

Players will be able to make a night of it, eating and drinking their way around the market’s various dining outlets.

It comes after several changes at the venue, operated by Market Asset Management.

Its brand-new main stage area has already opened and new furniture has been installed, with comfy chairs, couches, and tables - plus some greenery to brighten up customers’ days.

Laura Ellis of MAM said: “Visitors want more than just retail, or food, or leisure activities in isolation.

“They want to visit unique destinations that give them an experience to remember and somewhere they want to visit again.

“So we are delighted that our new leisure zone is now ready, bringing more fun to the market and complement the continued success of the independent street food traders we have here.

“We know the leisure zone will attract new customers and visitors and encourage people to stay longer in the market so they can take advantage of the services offered by our traders and grab delicious food and drinks.”