You know how super excited we get about all the newey-newness coming to Middlesbrough, so I’m sure you can only imagine our delight when we were invited along to try out Lane 7! I mean it’s bowling, of course we were there, ready to don our super funky velcro shoes to go with our festive Christmas socks – tis the season you know!

Described as boutique bowling for adults with a side of retro chic, right from the moment you walk in the door and down the stairs you know it’s going to be a pretty special trip out, and definitely not your average bowling experience. First up, let’s talk interiors. Oh my! Industrial meets exposed brick meets all the pretty lights, and you know how much we LOVE the pretty lights! Sleek polished floors and dreamy wood everywhere, it’s bowling heaven!

Lane 7 Middlesbrough

Seems like a good time to talk bowling. Bowling balls to be precise. A whole neat stack of them, waiting patiently by the side of each lane ready to be picked up and thrown down at those skittles. I’d like to say with style and grace and absolute precision but sadly that would be a small white lie. As Love Mbro Lass Emma pointed out afterwards, turns out she cannot bowl, and I didn’t really do much better. But it’s not the winning that counts, it’s the taking part…maybe! I did win though – mini gloat – ha! The best thing is they have this whizzy speed counter thingy that tells you how fast you bowled that ball! I’m not even going to pretend that I wasn’t super impressed with myself when it said the ball had flown down at 12 miles per hour! Is that even fast? Who knows! Sounds fast though! Let us know how fast you send those balls down there, we can start a contest. Nope, we’re not competitive at all…

Bowling Balls Lane 7

Once the bowling was over and we’d taken another million a few more photos of all the pretty lights, we headed to the retro arcade area to see what was up. Can we just say Space Invaders and Donkey Kong to name just a few?! Whaaaaaaat?! LOVE. IT. We didn’t get chance this time to give the arcade games a try but just you wait until next time. I think I’ll start off there first – love me a bit of Donkey Kong!

We’re here to bring you that full experience so of course we took a turn in the retro photo booth (£3 for 4 funky black and white photos, and it takes cards!) and we would have taken the obligatory ‘shoe selfie’ but we’d already changed out of our comfy bowling shoes and back into normal mode so that’s one to do next time we’re there! Which there 100% will be a next time! Love Mbro Lass Emma absolutely loved it and can’t wait to go back for the drinks/bowls/games and I need to return as soon as possible, so that I can work on throwing that ball faster than 12mph. #bowlgoals anyone?

Lane 7 Wall

The final thing that we both absolutely loved before we give you all the important info you need? The toilets. Yep. Toilets for all! Yassss! Go Lane 7!

Planning to try it out for yourself (which of course we HIGHLY recommend)? Here’s what you need to know.

Opening hours:
Monday – Thursday: 11am until late
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 2am
Please note they will be closed on Christmas Day.

Peak times (Thurs/Fri/Sat, 6pm onwards): £7.50 per person
Off peak: £6.50 per person
Children: £5 per child
Arcade game tokens: £1 (2 tokens), £5 (12 tokens), £10 (30 tokens)

Booking info:
Call to book in advance on 01642 232600. If you just turn up you’re not guaranteed that you’ll get to bowl straightaway, but we can reassure you that you’ll definitely find something to keep you entertained while you wait – retro arcade, enjoy a beer or two, watch the games in action from the sidelines, lots of choice!

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