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Bowls is back for a second year on the Iconic Finsbury Square in its quest to write the wrongs of time and change this outdated stereotype.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