A newly refurbished bowling and entertainment facility has opened in Andover this week.

Lucky students from Portway Junior, Anton Junior, Roman Way, Endeavour and Balksbury were the first to try out Riverside Bowl, based in the town centre.

Portway Head teacher, Tim Deery, opened the alley by bowling the first ball. Cllr Iris Andersen and Cllr John Cockaday were also in attendance, joining the students on the bowling lanes.

The venue boasts a variety of activities including an eight lane bowling alley, retro arcade and snooker and pool station.

A brand new Glo-Golf course has also been installed. The nine-hole indoor mini-golf game has an impressive around the world theme that takes players putting across famous landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge to the Eiffel tower.

The site is also home to The King Pin Bar & Diner, an American style diner an American style diner with a range of food and drink, from cheeseburgers and milkshakes to nachos and sharing platters. There is also a fully licenced bar.

Two multi-use rooms have also been built inside the building that can be booked for parties and corporate meetings. The rooms are free to book for community groups.

The site is operated by Valley Leisure and is a new venture for the leisure trust who has managed facilities in the town for over 25 years.

Kevin Paterson, CEO of Valley Leisure said “This is an exciting new venture for Valley Leisure. We’re delighted to launch this new community facility and provide a bowling alley for Andover and the surrounding area, we will continue to have the community at the heart of the charities future plans.”

For more information and to book an activity online, visit www.riverside-bowl.co.uk.