Queen Square, Bath

9th – 11th June 2017

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Queen Square, Bath

15th – 17th June 2018

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Great summer fun and Boules since forever!

This is our Summer Party...

The Bath Boules is something of an institution around these parts. It's always a great party in the name of raising money for worthy local causes. Plus, it’s always sunny (except when it’s not…)


Everything you need to know for 2017, here!

How it works

The format is timeless – and the competition pretty tasty at times!

Companies or individuals can register a team. 64 teams play competitive Boules in leagues each day: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A different set of teams play each day.

It's a deceptively simple game, where anybody can be quite good and a few can be terrific, but a little luck can take you a long way! If you're unsure of how to play, you can read the Rules of Boules.

​The event sprawls out over the day, replete with drink, food, drink, bustling networking and drink. We find that performance rarely improves with alcohol, but the enjoyment usually does.

Fancy dressing up?

We actively encourage team fancy dress. Do the corporate-ish thing and have branded polos or tees, all with a very special Bath Boules logo. Or be Frenchly idiosyncratic, with striped jumpers, berets, oignons and [looks round wildly for anything apparently French] er, moustaches. Or [triumphantly] accordions!

You get the idea. Have fun!

Featured Sponsors

All of our sponsors benefit from tremendous exposure and the opportunity to align your brand with a hugely popular and much-loved event.

​Every year, Bath Boules raises tens of thousands of pounds for local charities – none of which would be possible without the generous support of sponsors and partners.

Rules of Boules


To play, a team requires three players, six boules and one jack. The three players must play throughout one game. Different players may be used for different games but those players may only represent one team.

The basics

Teams take it in turns to throw their boules toward the jack. The aim is to place your boules nearer the jack than your opponents, which may be achieved by either knocking your opponents’ boules away or ‘nudging the jack’.

Order of play

During a game, players from opposing teams do not play alternately as is often assumed. A player or team continues to throw until they gain the advantage. It is up to the 'throwing' team whether a team member throws all their boules consecutively or they alternate shots within the team.

How to win

The winning team scores as many points as it has boules better placed than the best boule of the losing team. A new ‘end’ is then started with the jack being thrown by the winners of the previous end. The winners of the previous end must go first. The game is repeated until a team scores nine points. The finals are played to 11.

Tournament progression

The tournament begins with all teams split in to eight groups. The teams within each group play each other. The team in each group that records the greatest number of wins will qualify for the quarter finals. If there is a tie, the team with the lowest points scored against, will qualify.

‘In play’ and ‘out of play’

Boules that hit or bounce on the side of the pistes are still in play. If the boules rest on the side of the pistes, they are taken out. If a boule hits or rests against the back sleepers, the boule is out. If the jack ball is knocked out of play, the end must be played again.

The referee’s decision

…is final, naturally.




  • Q. How can I get more involved with the event?

  • Q. How long will the event last?

  • Q. Where does the money raised for charity go?

  • Q. How many games will there be each day?

  • Q. Where can I familiarise myself with the rules?

  • Q. Will there be Boules on Friday again?

  • Q. Is the BoulesFest just for Boules players?

  • Q. What's the plan d'action for each day?

  • Q. How will we know who we’re playing against?

  • Q. Are we allowed to come in fancy dress?

  • Q. How do I register for a team?

  • Q. What's happening on the Friday night?

  • Q. What is included in my ticket?

  • Q. How much will food and drinks cost?

  • Q. Are we allowed to invite friends to the event?

  • Q. How many players are allowed in a team?

  • Q. What shall I do if I have dietary requirements?

  • Q. What time do we need to arrive?

  • Q. What do I need to bring?