Basically, there are 3 ways you can play bowls.
Many clubs have social sessions (roll ups) where you can go along, you draw a number which decides who you play with. A good way to meet new people and see how different people play bowls. Often you don't need to be a member and can go along to any club. THere is generally a small fee, maybe £2. You may be able to borrow some bowls if you are new to the game.(check before you go). Many roll ups are in the afternoons, but that will depend on demand. My club, uses whatsapp, where members regularly post to see if anyone is going up on an evening and mostly get a positive reply (evenings can be cold in April.) Some clubs will offer weekend sessions for those wanting to learn to bowl.
There are several bowls leagues in the county. These can be at all skill levels. A league 1 team will be stronger than a league 4 team. We encourage players of all levels to play in the leagues. it is good fun and you improve your skills by playing at different greens. Most games are in the evening and a game takes about 2 hours. There is one afternoon league. There is usually a small match fee.
Many clubs have competitions on a saturday or sunday. These are fund raising events for clubs (gala days). they are generally teams of 2 or 3 and you play with 2 or 3 bowls. Anyone can enter a team. Teams are split into 2 groups. The first group will generally play a game of 8 ends, they then come off and the second group does the same. Each group will play 4 sessions. The best scorers win a prize. Some go along for the fun and some take it more seriously. All provide food and drink for a small cost. Personally I go along for the day out and the cakes !
Clubs also have singles and doubles competitions within the club. There are also single and double competitions across the county if you are more serious.