Bowls England Awards Night FAQs

How do I buy tickets?

Tickets will be available to buy from Monday 21st November. Tickets can be purchased individually or as a table of ten, or a table of nine plus a Commonwealth Games player who will join your table for the evening. Individual tickets are £44.95 and tables cost £425 for ten guests or nine plus a star player.

Who can come?

Everyone! The Bowls England Awards Night 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?

The menu will appear here once it is finalised.

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

How do I book a Commonwealth Games player to join my table?

You can purchase a ticket for a table of nine guests plus a Commonwealth Games Player. This is subject to availability of Commonwealth Games Bowls players. A lottery will be drawn if we have more requests for players than player availability. You will be able to state your preference of player however we cannot guarantee who your star player will be.

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
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 – jacket and tie for men, smart dress for women.

Do Bowls England offer refunds?

Tickets are transferable but not refundable. If they are transferred after Friday 3rd 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. Tickets can be bought until Friday 3rd February.
Tickets will be available from Monday 21st November.

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 BE Presidents, BE Board, BE Life Members, BE Hon Members, BE Past Presidents, Shortlisted VIPs and County Administrators.

I have brought a ticket and have been shortlisted, what do I do?
Congratulations on making the short list! 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?

The Athena is based in the heart of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. The City Centre location makes the venue accessible both by car and public transport.

By Car

On arrival into Leicester, follow signs for the Cultural Quarter. If you are using a satellite navigation system to reach us, please enter the postcode LE1 1SB.

For the latest travel information, we recommend following Area Traffic Control Leicester on Twitter or tuning into BBC Radio Leicester (104.9fm).


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.

What should I wear the to Bowls England Awards Night?

Dress code; smart suit attire

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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