Reading bowling alley, adventure golf and cocktail bar gives an update on when it will open


Reading’s newest bowling alley, adventure golf and cocktail bar has given an update on when it will open.

Bunker Reading was due to open this autumn but that has been delayed, with the venue in Broad Street Mall revealing it aims to open in the new year.

But after surviving for years without a bowling alley, the town looks like it will get two, with plans also progressing at The Oracle.

Hollywood Bowl has been revealed as being behind the other shopping centre’s bowling alley, that is planned for the House of Fraser unit.

Plans were approved earlier this year to turn the department store into a bowling alley, adventure golf, food hall and shops.

However, the two look to offer very different experiences.

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Bunker is an independent, offering a boutique two-lane bowling alley, in the former basement of Argos in Queen’s Walk. It will also have an outdoor-themed mini golf and interactive darts, and there will cocktails and pizzas to keep competitors well fuelled.

Bunker bosses said in a post on Facebook: “We are excited to announce that Bunker will be coming to Reading.

“Bunker will be located underneath a new boutique cinema – creating a new entertainment district besides The Hexagon.

“We will update you with our build progress and look forward to welcoming you to our bowling, mini golf and darts venue, with opening scheduled for the new year.”

Hollywood Bowl runs 60 ten-pin bowling alleys in the UK, the chain has applied for a licence to open from 11.30am to 1am seven days a week, at the House of Fraser unit in The Oracle.

However, no details have been released by House of Fraser about when or if it will vacant the huge unit.

Bowling alleys were one of the last businesses to reopen after lockdown. They were forced to close their doors on March 23 and could not reopen until August 15.

Balls have to be cleaned before and after each game and every other lane is closed for social distancing. The rule of six also applies.

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