Sherston Boules Festival 2020

Saturday July 11th 2020

In 1986 Dr Colin Owen, Rev. Hugh Thompson-Glover, and Rev. Richard Maslin (pictured) had the idea to organise a boules tournament in the Wiltshire village of Sherston and did so, successfully starting the unbroken tradition of Sherston Boules. Dr.Owen designed the poster and the inaugural tournament winners were Alex McKechnie, Jim McKelvie, and Bob Gates.

Proudly, the tradition continues and has grown into the UK’s largest one-day unaffiliated Boules tournament. On Saturday July 11th 2020, teams of three (or more) players will gather in Sherston for an 8.30 a.m. start.

Now in its 35th year, the Sherston tournament continues to attract an ever-growing number of local and visiting teams, including international players, in the main competition, as well as youngsters in the respective Youths and Colts’ competitions.

As in previous years, the village’s wide high street will be closed to traffic to make room for the 16 Boules pistes on which the 127 games will be contested throughout the day from the early start. There will also be a wide selection of stalls, cafés, bars and music, providing plenty of refreshments and entertainment. All are welcome, and there will be lots to do for both children and adults…

…but Sherston Boules Festival is not just about Boules Day itself. A week of activities and events is planned in the days running up to the Boules tournament and continuing through till the end of the weekend. Keep an eye on this page for updates over coming weeks.

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