Chalkwell Bowls Club, 2017
Down in Devonshire the story is that Sir Francis Drake finished his game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe before going off to defeat The Spanish Armarda. Here in Essex, in Chalkwell they play bowls on the actual seafront with no need to go off to face an invading fleet after each game.
Seaside resorts are a place for recreation as well as entertainment, and on Chalkwell Esplanade on a nice evening not only is there the fixed bowls club but also the passing traffic of dog walkers, joggers and runners, walkers and strollers. You don’t hear it in this clip but there are also in-line skaters, a skateboarder and cyclists, anything that suits a wide, flat, smooth esplanade with sea views at 6.50 in summer in this case.
This club is actually on the seafront, Chalkwell Esplanade, the road sits behind it and is a cul de sac so not very busy. Right at the other end of the seafront Thorpe Bay Tennis Club has courts and a bowling green on the seafront but on the other side of the road.