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.
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
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
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
Fantistic fun skittle games for indoors and the home. Quality children's toy skittles games like ''knock the soldiers down'.
Molkky Game. Number skittles game from Finland
A range of Molkky games. Classic traditional skittles game from Finland - now popular all over the world. Throw sticks at the numbered skittle pins.
Range of Kubb games. Swedish Kubb Skittles game at great prices
A range of Kubb games. Kubb is a great Swedish traditional skittles game. Inexpensive Kubb sets through to Deluxe Kubb in a luxury wooden box
Tournament of Knights game
Tournament of Knights is another great outdoor game from Sweden where it is known as Riddarspelet - in the same family of games as the more famous Kubb.
A unique game of skill, Tournament of Knights is ideal for garden parties or just fun in the park. ...
Kyykka is a centuries old outdoor game from Finland that can be played in teams or individually. The object of the game is to obtain points by throwing a large wooden bat to knock your opponents' skittles out of the playing area in as few throws as possib...
This game is thought to have been originally a Western European game - it's still played in France and Benelux where it's known as Table à Toupie and Toptafel, respectively. Nowadays, however, it seems to be more popular in North America where it's usuall...
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.