Changes to Queen Square traffic flow for Bath Boules Tournament


Road closures and changes to road systems will be in place in Bath city centre for several days in June to allow the Bath Boules Tournament to take place.

queen square

There will be a number of temporary changes to the road system around Queen Square for the tournament, which organisers say involves 250 Bath businesses and has raised more than £200,000 for local charities to date. 

Let’s hope it’s as sunny this year!

The three-day, French themed event runs from Friday, 17 June, to Sunday, 19 June, and will also involve children’s entertainment, a Pimms and Champagne garden, live music, bar and street food market.Bath Boules

The road closures and changes to road systems will be in operation from 6pm on Wednesday, 15 June, to 3pm on Monday, 20 June, to also allow for setting up and clearing away of the event.

Motorists are also advised that the University of Bath is hosting open days on Thursday, 16 June, and Friday, 17 June, which may add to traffic volumes

Previous boules tournament in Queen Square

Councillor Anthony Clarke (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “The Bath Boules Tournament was a fantastic event for the city last year and the Council is delighted to support this event through traffic management.

It is not just for Boules players – it gets people of all ages and interests involved, and it supports our local businesses and charities. To enable this event there will be road closures around Queen Square but diversions will be in place and we are working with the University of Bath and Bath Boules to do all that we can to minimise disruption and keep the city moving.” 

More pictures from the past !

Road closures and changes to road systems:

  • Queen Square East will be closed from Old King Street to Wood Street with parking suspended.
  • Queen Square South will be closed from Wood Street to Chapel Row with parking suspended.
  • Queen Square North will be two-way, rather than the usual one-way restriction, from Queen Square Place to Old King Street.
  • Queen Square West is due to remain the same. However, in order to keep traffic flowing, it may at times be necessary to reverse the one-way system on Queen Square West, allowing traffic to travel northbound to southbound only from Queen Square Place to Chapel Row. Signs will be in place if this is required.
  • Chapel Row will be one way only with traffic only able to travel in an eastbound direction from St Paul’s Place to Queen Square. However, this will revert back to two-way traffic flow if the one-way system on Queen Square West is reversed in order to keep traffic flowing.
  • Old King Street will be one way only, with traffic unable to flow westbound from John Street to Queen Square.


Access will be maintained for businesses at all times.