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Crawley’s Mayor and MP tour new £450k Hollywood Bowl Walk Of Fame



Mayor, Councillor Francis Guidera, and MP, Henry Smith, were given a tour of the refurbished Hollywood Bowl venue, and showed the new ‘Have Fun, Play Safe’ safety measures by centre manager, Lewis Harvey.

Work has been completed at Hollywood Bowl’s Crawley centre to transform it into a glamorous latest generation venue.

Tthe £450,000 refurbishment took place during lockdown, with the UK’s biggest bowling operator updating its iconic American décor to make its Crawley centre more stylish than ever.

The upgraded Hollywood Bowl has seen the makeover of its existing 24 lanes, plus the addition of four new ones and the inclusion of the new state-of-the-art scoring system. Visitors looking for the real ‘star’ treatment can also take advantage of the renovated VIP lanes, with new plush furnishings.

In addition to the upgraded lanes, guests can also treat themselves to a range of tasty American-style classics in the new-look Hollywood Diner. The offering includes burgers and dogs, and delicious freshly made shakes.

The Diner is complemented by a fully-stocked bar and American pool tables for those wanting to sit back and relax before or after a game.

The centre’s impressive arcade area has also been transformed and now features the most popular and industry-leading games, and the opportunity to ‘Play for Prizes’, where visitors can win tickets on their favourite games and exchange them for a range of fun rewards.

Lewis Harvey, Centre Manager at Hollywood Bowl Crawley said: 

The refurbishment has not only given the centre a completely new look, it’s given our guests so much more variety too! The centre has had a glamorous LA-style makeover and we’re delighted to be able to continue to give our customers the best family entertainment experience with our transformation into a new generation Hollywood Bowl.”

As with the reopening of other Hollywood Bowl centres across the UK, Crawley has seen the introduction of enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures to ensure guests can have fun and play safe, with customer guidance throughout the centre also in place. Only alternate bowling lanes and amusement machines are in use to provide extra space, and bar and dining area seating is appropriately spaced out.

Guests have the choice to wear disposable gloves for their games, must wear their own suitable footwear and use the available hand sanitiser upon entry and exit. Enhanced cleaning takes place throughout the day, including the cleaning of bowling balls, lane seating and touch screens in between every game.

Find out more about the new safety measures and guidance to ensure customers can “Have Fun and Play Safe” here:

Customers are encouraged to pre-book bowling to guarantee their lane, and can now make bookings for the Crawley centre via the Hollywood Bowl website.

Visit to book your game.


Crawley businesses take out over £90m in loans to survive COVID-19



Statistics released by the Government have revealed the true extent of lending taken up by businesses across Crawley.

According to a release from the office of Crawley’s MP Henry SMith, businesses across Crawley have benefitted from £92,721,494 worth of loans since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This includes 1,724 Bounce Back Loans worth £51,495,006 and 102 loans at a value of £41,226,488 through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme.

The number is part of the vast number that have been taken out throughout the whole of the south east of England, where a total of 175,946 Bounce Back Loans, worth £5,269,988,799, and 9,026 Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans, worth £2,154,703,689, have been provided to support businesses across all sectors, protecting jobs and livelihoods.

Crawley MP Henry Smith said;

“This year has been hugely challenging for businesses in Crawley, but these latest figures demonstrate the scale of support that the Government has put in place to protect livelihoods and businesses.

“Never has the Government’s agenda to level up the whole county been so important. I’ll continue to focus on supporting hardworking families across Crawley.”

With cases still rising and worries that more areas across the country may enter tighter restricttions, the Chancellor has also announced that the Government’s Job Support Scheme will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions, alongside increasing the cash grants to businesses in England required to shut in local lockdowns to support with fixed costs – worth up to £3,000 per month.

So far, the Government has provided over £200 billion throughout its economic response to coronavirus to support jobs and businesses in the UK.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, commented;

“Our support for businesses and workers has provided a lifeline to employers up and down the country, supporting people to stay in jobs and protecting livelihoods. “We will build on this as we move to the next stage of our recovery through the Winter Economy Plan, which will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the months ahead.”

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