Creative sector backs Bath Boules Week as organisers get ready to throw the party of the summer

Bath’s creative businesses are backing the city’s biggest-ever Bath Boules Week – and with less than a month to go organisers are preparing for an event like no other.

Dozens of Bath charities will benefit from the much-loved and massively popular event in Queen Square, which this year runs from June 10-18. On the programme will be parties, dinners, talks – including from Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis – food, music and football . . . plus some boules. 

More than 450 Bath businesses have already pledged their involvement – with city-headquartered regional law firm Royds Withy King as headline sponsor.

Extra events take place over the eight days, including celebrity talks, a unique restaurant, parties and – as it coincides with the opening stages of the World Cup – a special screening of England’s first match.

Bath Boules event director Steph Dodd said: “This is Bath’s Summer Party: by Bath, for Bath – and it’s going to be utterly immense!

“Come along – there’ll be so much to do in Queen Square in Bath Boules Week! We’re thrilled with the range of events and can’t wait to start the party.

“Foodie fan? Come to Gordon Jones’ unique restaurant in the Square. Festivals fan? Nothing better in this Glasto-free year than Michael Eavis! Like rugby, food and parties? Flats’ Wildest Friday Night Party is unmissable!

“Fancy seeing the World Cup with friends? Join us for a special free screening of England v Tunisia.

“Anyone can come to the Bath Boules days Friday June 15-Sunday June 17 completely free! And every single event will raise money for local charities.”

Every year the Bath Boules raises thousands of pounds for local charities. In 2017, a staggering £50,235 was raised. The target in the four years to 2020 is £250,000.

All events are held in a massive marquee in Queen Square and feature bars and street food.

Sunday June 10: Bath Boules Week starts with Menu Gordon Jones in the Square: Award-winning chef Menu Gordon Jones in a restaurant in the centre of Bath for one night only on Sunday June 10. This is a unique event with two sittings, each of 100 people, where Gordon will be cooking and talking about his food.

The first sitting is very nearly sold out, and the second looks certain to go the same way. Sponsored by award-winning local foodie magazine Crumbs

Monday June 11: School of Boules – Come to FREE practice session dans le Square! Brush up on your Boules skills with experts’ tips and techniques including the English National Team Coach, et les lovely Bath Boules refs from Bath Cru Pétanque Club.

Tuesday June 12: An Evening With Eavis: Talk featuring Glasto legend Michael Eavis interspersed with music and clips from Glastonbury Festival. It also includes a screening of the Julien Temple film, Glastonbury. Sponsored by Hawker Joinery.

Wednesday June 13: Boules Beer Garden with bar, BBQ, Pimms and some chilled-out tunes. Happy hour is 6pm – 7pm.

Thursday June 14: Creative Bath Awards and Summer Party. Unique celebration of creativity: music, art, dance, theatre, performance art – PLUS Awards. Sponsored by Bath Spa University

Friday night, June 15: The Wildest Friday Night Dinner Party, featuring a sit-down dinner with executive chef, Bath Rugby and TV star, David Flatman and rugby guests. Sponsored by Savills, it includes a two-course meal with giant sharing food platters, drink, live band, interviews and dancing.

Friday June 15, Saturday June 16, Sunday June 17: Massive free party all day open to everyone. Features bars, food, music, face-painting and festival vibe. For the only time each year, two sides of Queen Square are closed to traffic allowing a street food festival.

Foodie companies include: StrEat Pizza, Bianco Rosso Pizza, Desy Thai, Fantasy Faces, Fire & Brew, Into Coffee, Los Churros Amigos, Nosh Box, Popdogs, Riverford, Stella Event Hire, Teabag Chihuahua, Big Wheel Cheese, Smokey Joe’s, Rue de la Cocotte, Phat Yaks and The Cheese Press

Monday June 18: FREE event – a special screening of England’s first World Cup match v Tunisia in the marquee. Event starts from 5.30pm, includes bars and street food and is sponsored by Mogers Drewett.

Details of all events can be found on the site www.bathboules.com

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