Skittle Games

Skittle Games

We specialise in all forms of skittles and especially the genuine Pub game. We have all styles of skittle pins and balls to suit the different skittle regions in England as well as some interesting skittle games from overseas and fantastic skittles sets for the home and garden.

Classic Nine Pin Skittles

 

Skittle Games from outside Britain

Molkky

From 19.49

Several versions of this traditional Skittles game from Finland

Kubb

From 19.49

Brilliant Swedish game - cross between skittles and tennis

Tournament of Knights

39.99

A game similar to Kubb but better for children

Kyykka

Out of stock.

A traditional Finnish skittles game.

 

Toptafel

159.90

An old European game now mainly made and played in the USA

 
 
 
 

Nine Pin Skittles - balls & skittle pins for pubs and leagues

Largest range of traditional nine pin pub skittles and balls. All sizes and styles of pub skittles at sensible prices swiftly dispatched

Range of Garden Skittles games

Skittles Pack - with Balls, Rules and Canvas Bag

Fantastic range of Garden Skittles. A variety of Nine pin skittles plus traditional skittles games from other countries

Table Skittles - Bar Skittles. Unique range. Great prices

Hand made Oak Bar Skittles with cord skittle return

Range of high quality hand-made Table Skittles for pubs and coinnosseurs & smaller Bar Skittles for the home and family. Spare parts also available

Indoor Skittles & Toy Skittle Games

Jaques Royal Guards Skittles set

Fantistic fun skittle games for indoors and the home. Quality children's toy skittles games like ''knock the soldiers down'.

Molkky Game Smite Scattles Number Skittles Games

Jaques Scattles

Molkky games, Smite & Scattles to buy. Traditional skittles game from Finland, now popular all over the world. Throw sticks at the numbered skittle pins.

Buy Kubb Games Swedish Kubb Skittles Sets

Kubb Family -  Birchwood

A great range of Kubb games. Kubb is a fun traditional skittles game from Sweden. Inexpensive basic Kubb games through to Pro Kubb sets.

Buy Tournament of Knights Game Fun Garden Game

Tournament of Knights game

Tournament of Knights is a great outdoor game, similar to Kubb. Fun for all ages and guaranteed to entertain. Excellent service and quick dispatch.

Buy Skittles and Top game, Table Toupie, Toptafel

Toptafel (incl. skittles, tops, rules & scorecards)

This Toptafel skittles game, also known as Table Toupie. Spin the top to knock over the skittles. Hand-crafted in the US from tulip poplar wood.

Tactic Games Kyykka - classic Finnish skittles game

Kyykka

A version of Kyykka, the classic Finnish skittles game by Tactic Games. Throw sticks at the skittle pins to get the highest score.

The Origin of Skittles


Skittles, or Nine Pins, as played in an alley has always been a popular pub game and is the ancestor of related games including ten-pin bowling and various indoor skittles variations. The origins of the game are uncertain but in Germany, in the 3rd or 4th century, monks played a game with a kegel which was a club carried for self defence. In the game, the kegel skittle represented a sin or temptation and the monks would throw stones at it until they knocked it over. The modern German term for skittles is Kegelen. There are also two 14th century manuscripts that show a game called Kayles and depict throwers about to launch a long club-like object at eight pins and a kingpin.

The typical form of Skittles is wherein balls are thrown or rolled from one end of an alley in an effort to knock down nine pins at the other end. Over the years, Skittles developed regional variations in the size of equipment, the rules and so forth. In the East Midlands, people play Long Alley in which the projectiles are rough balls or small capsule shaped logs called "cheeses" and a score is only made if the cheeses bounce a single time just in front of the pins. Old English Skittles or London Skittles, as played at the famous Freemasons Arms in Hampstead, is a majestic game in which enormous discus-shaped cheeses are flung so that they hit the skittles directly without touching the floor first.

From these old games, various miniaturised versions appeared which were more convenient for many pubs with limited space. These include Northamptonshire Skittles and the extremely popular Table Skittles or Devil Amongst The Tailors.

The most popular version of skittles, however, is West Country Skittles wherein 9 skittles are arranged in a square at the end of an alley that might be 24 feet, sometimes much longer. Each turn starts with all the skittles standing and consists of three balls being rolled down the alley. If all the pins are knocked down, then they are reset. So the maximum score in one turn is 27.

You can learn more about the History
of Skittles
from The Online Guide to Traditional Games.

 

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