(Original post by v2p)
Tournaments are played on one day. So you enter one bronze, say Warwickshire Bronze. Then it is standard for there to be groups of four. So you will play three games in your group. If you don't pass through your group, you don't progress any further. So you play three games, knocked out, go home
If you do pass through your group, you'll probably play one or two more rounds, then quarters, semis, final. It all happens on one day. Then if you enter another tournament, say Notts Bronze, its a completely new tournament. There's probably like 20 different tournaments for bronze, silver and gold, across the country, and you can enter as many or as little as you want.
Most people choose to enter doubles too, because well, its a bit of a waste travelling so far to play three games and going back home. After the singles has finished (or during the latter rounds where only say 8, 4, or 2 singles players still remain and the rest who have been knocked out are just sitting around), the doubles will then start. And then its the same format, you play in groups of four, the winner progresses. The only difference is if you get out of your group in a doubles tournament, this doesn't change your grading, it has to be in singles. A few tournaments I've been to the doubles is played before singles, though it doesn't really matter which one comes first.
Anyway, if you have only just started, I would probably advise you not to enter any bronzes. Bronzes are still quite a high standard, and it may be a waste of your money (the entrance fee is quite expensive, plus you've got to waste petrol driving there). All the players will have good technique, can play every shot, and know every tactic, its mainly just super fitness, pure skill, and varying levels of deception differentiating them from silvers and gold players. Have a look at "1*" and "2*" tournaments first, they are a level lower than bronzes, with 1*s specifically designed for beginner players who have been playing for < 6 months. Try and enter one of these, and see if the level is right for you, if it is, then going to bronzes will be far too difficult for you.