BIGGER, BETTER AND BOWLDER - Barefoot Bowls is back for the summer of '16. (Launching 26th May)

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Mention “Lawn bowls” and the image usually conjured up is of an elitist British sport reserved exclusively for pensioners. Not anymore! After a hugely successful 2015, Barefoot Bowls is back for a second year on the Iconic Finsbury Square in its quest to write the wrongs of time and change this outdated stereotype.  

On the 26th of May 2016, Finsbury Square will be transformed into a bowling oasis as 200 barefoot bowlers congregate for The 2016 Official Launch event, aimed at breathing life back into the quintessentially British game of lawn bowls. In case you didn’t know, Barefoot Bowls combines a fast, simple form of the age old game, with Pop-up bars, exotic street food vendors, live DJs and much much more, to create an outdoor experience like little seen before. Fun, colourful and wholly different, this one’s for the young at heart, sociable and discerning amongst us who want to be a part of something memorable in London this summer. Crucial to this forthcoming launch is a partnership with three times Commonwealth Gold medalist and current world indoor Bowls champion Ellen Falkner and her team from AeroBowls as well as The Bowler and The Blueberry Bar who will be on hand when the going gets tough on the green.

 

Will Goy, of sport Event Company Golden Bowls launched the concept in 2015, driven by his own desire to find quirky and alternative things to do in London. “I’d been to Bounce, Swingers and Flightclub, but felt London needed an outdoor concept that embraced the Great British summer. After months of research, Barefoot Bowls in London was born.” He goes on “There’s actually an important wider message to this. Bowling greens across the country are struggling financially, with over half under threat whist the sports faces a huge challenge to attract younger members. Our goal is to shake off its old fashioned image and show that it is an easy game for all ages to play. Most people have a bowling green local to them, why not have a night away from the pub?”

 The official launch will be one of four such events that Will has planned for London and three in Nottingham in 2016 and he tells us that you should all clear your diaries and get involved. “What better way is there to wind down after a hard day in the office this summer than to Barefoot Bowl on the iconic Finsbury Square? Trust us you will love it! Crack open a beer, nibble on fresh street food and try your hand at relaxed form of lawn bowls as you mingle with friends, family and loved ones in way you won’t have experienced before.”

For more information and to sign up to Barefoot Bowls this year please visit www.barefootbowls.co.uk

What’s Barefoot Bowls all about?

Back in the early 2000’s bowls in Australia was not attracting new players, and things were not looking good for bowls clubs across the country. Then, one or two brave clubs decided to invite non-members to play on Sundays. At the same time a comedy film called Crackerjack was released -about a young man who joins a bowls club to benefit from the free parking and then finds himself obliged to play bowls. This quirky, ironic approach to bowls attracted young people, and started changing the image of the sport.

Barefoot Bowls in Australia is now played at over 2000 clubs in Australia. There is no dress codes, no regulations, and shoes are optional. The participants are all young, they laugh listen to music and drink while they’re playing. Think 10-pin bowling comes to a bowls club.

With the concept proven in Australia, and with bowls clubs struggling financially across the U.K, Will Goy of sports Event Company Golden Bowls and Sam Parton of Openplay.co.uk opened up Barefoot Bowls to the U.K in 2015.

Will Goy of sport Event Company Golden Bowls launched the concept in 2015 out of his own desire to find alternative things to do in London. “I’d been to Bounce, Swingers and Flightclub, but felt London needed an outdoor concept that embraced the Great British summer. After months of research, Barefoot Bowls in London was born.” He goes on “There’s actually an important wider message to this. Bowling greens across the country are struggling financially, with over half under threat whilst the sports faces a huge challenge to attract younger members. Our goal is to shake off its old fashioned image and show that it is an easy game for all ages to play. Most people have a bowling green local to them, why not enjoy your summer in a different way?”

After such a successful year in 2015, and in wanting to develop the concept further, Will Goy tells us why he feels you should give it a go. “What better way is there to wind down after a hard day in the office this summer than to Barefoot Bowl? Ludicrous you may think, but trust us you will love it! Crack open a beer, nibble on fresh street food and try your hand at this relaxed form of lawn bowls as you mingle with friends, family and loved ones in way like you probably won’t have experienced before.”

Will Goy plans to run 10 events across London and beyond this year yet in the long term he is aiming far bigger! " Quite simply, I want to make lawn bowls a way of life in this great country"

 For more information on his plans for 2016, and for more information on barefoot bowls visit www.barefootbowls.co.uk

 

Barefoot Bowls confirmed as a part of the 2016 "Find your London" Mayors Festival.

 Did you know that 47% of Greater London is "Green" and that there are 3000 parks dedicated as "public open space"?. Did you also know that since 2009, The London Mayor has spent £400 million on maintaining and improving London's image as the worlds most liveable and greenest big city?

Between the 18th and 28th of March 2016, London's green and urban spaces will become a hive of activity as the GLA continue with their engagement campaign to enhance the life of the Londoner with a 10 day festival to celebrate the great outdoors.

You'll never believe it, but Ladies and Gent's - Barefoot Bowls has been asked to be apart of it and we would love you to join the show. On the 19th of March from 1-5pm an area of Highbury Fields is going to be turned into a bowling oasis as we host Barefoot Bowls Highbury Fields style; a 2016 production aimed at breathing life, colour and fun back into the quintessentially British game of lawn bowls. Nothing serious, nothing personal - This one’s for the young, fun and sociable who want to be a part of something wholly different in the great outdoors this March.

In speaking on the event, Will Goy said " As a proud Londoner and with ambition to give back to London through Barefoot Bowls - what could be better than being a part of the London Mayors Festival - With Fun, colour and style, we can't wait to bring something wholly different to Highbury Fields - Everyone is welcome, we are ready to BOWL you all over."

Over the coming weeks you will be able to find more information on the event and on the Festival on this site and all across London.

 

 

 

 

Ellen Falkner and AeroBowls give seal of approval to Barefoot Bowls.

Ellen Falkner (left)

Ellen Falkner (left)

"AeroBowls and I are delighted to be supporting Will and Sam with the exciting roll out of Barefoot Bowls in the UK. The concept is about participants having fun, being sociable and enjoying themselves.
Alongside Will and Sam, we have created a really different environment to bowl in; with music, food, drink and short, sharp engaging formats of bowls in amazing London locations giving people something fun, colourful and unique to get involved with.
 AeroBowls has got involved as we are committed to reinvesting back into the sport and supporting new, different initiatives which aim to help increase participation. We are very excited with what the future holds for the concept and urge everyone to get involved."

Everyone's been talking about Barefoot Bowls in 2015

“This was the summer when Lawn games became cool…” Timeout

“Lawn bowls may seem as rock’n’roll as Coldplay and quinoa – but the public's perception of this emblematic British game may soon change.” The Telegraph

“The new generation of rolling a ball quite slowly along a square of pristine grass has arrived in London — and this time it involves nudity (well, naked feet).” The Londonist

“Bowls is Going Barefoot to Survive the 21st Century” Vice Sports

 

Does anyone have Craig David's number?

For our inaugural Barefoot bowls event we have been scouring the globe for suitable A list celebrities and drew up the following list in order of preference:

1. Craig David

2. Katie Hopkins

3. Chantelle from Big Brother

4. Pat Sharp form Fun House 

5. The twins from Fun House

6. Diane Yodahl (Jet from Gladiators) or Lightening if Diane isn't available

7. Bradley from S Club

8. H from Steps

9. Abbey Titmus

10.  Callum Best

Does anyone have any other suggestions before we ask the Celebrity Big Brother cast?