The Bowls England Awards promises to be a glittering evening celebrating the great contribution made by players, officials, clubs, counties & volunteers in the sport.

How do I buy tickets?
Tickets are available to purchase here. Tickets can be purchased individually or as a table of ten. Individual tickets are £60 and tables cost £560 for ten guests.

Who can come?
Everyone! The Bowls England Awards is a fantastic opportunity to recognise bowls’ most deserving grassroots volunteers, officials and players for their outstanding achievements over the past 12 months. Bring your family and friends along to celebrate.

What is on the menu?


Topped with miniature leaf salad served on a bed of sweet mango & red onion salsa.


Served with sun blushed tomatoes and garden salad with grilled artichokes


Topped with crisp local bacon, field mushrooms & herb sauce. Served with
parsley mash & garden greens.


Tender asparagus and broad beans in an Arborio risotto rice served with
truffle oil and fine herbs.


Rich warm chocolate brownie served with salted caramel ice cream and
caramel sauce.



A refreshing blend of seasonal and tropical fruits, bursting with natural sweetness and laced with vanilla and mint syrup.

Please note that all dietary requirements will be catered for by the venue. Please make a note of any requirements on the booking form.

What's included in the ticket price?
  • Red carpet and prosecco welcome
  • Professional photographer
  • Three-course meal
  • A professional MC hosting the evening
  • Professional band and entertainment throughout the evening
  • Professional photographer and free to download images 

How will we be seated?
If you book a table, you will be seated with the people you list. If you book individual seats, we cannot guarantee who you will sit with.

What time do doors open?
Doors open at 6.15 pm for a drinks reception.

What should I wear?
The Dress code for the event is smart.

Do Bowls England offer refunds?
Tickets are transferable but not refundable. If they are transferred after Friday 2nd February, we will not be able to accommodate changes to the printed name card, meal choice and seating plan. If you are unable to attend the event and you have already bought a ticket, you are welcome to let a friend or relative use this ticket in your absence. If you are shortlisted and consequently are award a free ticket to the event and you have already purchased one we will refund you.

Do I need to show a ticket to get into the event?
For this event we will send you an email confirmation after booking. As we will have a guest list on the door, you will not need to bring the confirmation with you.

What should I do if I do not receive an email confirmation?
If you have booked as part of a table of 10, the email confirmation will be sent to the lead booker’s inbox. If you have not received your confirmation as expected, please first check your spam and junk email folders. If you still cannot find your confirmation, please contact

Can I purchase tickets on the door for this event?
No. To attend this event, you must pre-purchase a ticket.

Who is invited to the VIP reception?
There will be a VIP reception hosted by our Board and Presidential Team. Amongst the invitees will be Presidents, Board, Life Members, Hon Members, Past Presidents, Shortlisted VIPs and County Administrators.

I have bought a ticket and have been shortlisted, what do I do?
Congratulations on making the shortlist! If you have already purchased a ticket Bowls England will offer a full refund. Please contact Alternatively, you can transfer your ticket to a family member or a friend.

How do I get to the Athena and where should I park?

There are a number of car parks close to the Athena, with the multi-storey NCP Rutland Centre Car Park being the closest to the venue. Please see below for further information.

Customers are advised that none of the car parks detailed on this page are owned or managed by Bowls England and prices are subject to change.

NCP Rutland Centre Car Park (Multi-storey)
56 Halford Street, Leicester, LE1 1TQ

One minute walk from Athena

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Access Spaces: 7

Alternative car parks in the local area are detailed below.

Queen Street Car Park
Behind Athena, Queen Street, Leicester, LE1 1QD

1 minute walk from Athena

Hourly charges starting from 90p*
Flat evening rate of £2.50* between 6.30pm
and 6.30am.

NCP Lee Circle Car Park
Leicester, LE1 3RE

7 minutes walk from Athena

Hourly charges starting from £1.50*

Access Spaces: 4

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Highcross John Lewis Car Park
Leicester, LE1 4QJ

14 minutes walk from Athena

Hourly charges starting from £3.50*
Flat evening rate of £2.50* between 5pm and 6am.

Access Spaces: 109
Family Spaces: 56
Electric vehicle charging facilities (Level 1)

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*Prices subject to change.

By Bus

All Leicestershire bus services have stops within a 3 to 10-minute walk of the Athena. Services that stop on or near Charles Street, Humberstone Gate or at Haymarket Bus Station are the closest.

Regional bus services terminate at St Margaret’s Bus Station, Gravel Street, LE1 3AG (12 minutes walk from the Athena).

For more information on your nearest bus stop, visit Leicester City Council’s Travelling by Bus website, or contact Traveline on 0871 220 2233.

By Train

Leicester Train Station is less than 10 minutes’ walk away via Charles Street.

London to Leicester is just over one hour via East Midlands Railway, and there are also regular direct services operated from Derby, Sheffield and Nottingham.

Where can I stay in Leicester?
There are a number of hotels within walking distance to Athena please see a selection listed below;

Ramada Encore, LE1 1GE – three minutes

Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel, LE1 6ES – four minutes

Ibis, LE1 1PL – 5 minutes

Travelodge Leicester City Centre, LE1 3PH – five minutes

Premier Inn, Leicester City Centre, LE1 1AA – six minutes

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