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Bath Boules Week!
June 10-18 2018, Queen Square
Bath Boules: thrusting le fun into fundraising since – god knows, actuellement…
The Bath Boules Week is a series of events running in in Queen Square.
Taking place in the heart of Bath from 10 - 18 June 2018, it kicks off with dinners and talks and parties and fun at the beginning o fthe week. And it culminates in the much-loved and longstanding Bath Boules tournament weekend which is all about having fun whilst fundraising, plus a bit of a French twist to really set the scene!
Think marquee, music, Pimms & Champagne garden, street food, bar, awesome talks, bouncy castle, surprise events, games of boules, face painting and more, all in the heart of Bath in sunny (we hope) June!
All proceeds of the Bath Boules Week are donated to local charities via the Bath Boules Trust. So for every ticket purchased, drink sipped, street food munched, raffle chanced, face painted and jump on the bouncy castle during the week you are contributing to vital causes in the area.
Every year the Bath Boules raises thousands of pounds for local charities. In 2017, a staggering £50,235 was raised. Several thousand people came for fun in the sun, and more than 500 companies were involved. It is Headline Sponsored by Royds Withy King.
For more information about the events during the week check out: Bath Boules Week schedule of events
The Bath Boules began around 20 years ago with a mini contest of the traditional French game of boules between businesses in and around Queen Square. A lot of boules was played, and a lot of Ricard was consumed! It became an annual event and with more and more teams getting involved, it was decided to make the gathering raise money for local charities,
Fast-forward to today and the event has grown from a one-day, into a two-day, now a three-day tournament with 64 teams competing on each day, a closed-road street food market surrounding the Square and loads to do for friends, familieis and passers-by. For 2018 there are different events on each night leading up the Bath Boules weekend so it has turned into the Bath Boules Week aiming to raise record sums for local charities!
We hope lots of you can join us to support this legendary event for the city.
Bath Boules Week is organised et promoted by MediaClash.
The 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.
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.
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.