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Day is one of the most important days of the year for the French, celebrating the birth of their nation during the French Revolution. Each year on 14th July, French people come together to celebrate their national day with parties and celebrations and this year, even the British are invited to join in!

Ricard, the leading brand of anise, invite you to their petanque garden party at the Chelsea Physic Garden on Saturday 14th July to partake in a few cocktails, try your hand at the petanque tournament and join in many other gallic pursuits. Anise is an aniseed liqueur and the most popular long drink in France, so it is only appropriate to indulge a little with some of their alcoholic creations, including the classic Perroquet and Marseille Fizz. If you prefer your anise a little cooler, they will also have Ricard ice-cream for the first time ever which mixes the anise with vanilla and mint, like a frozen mojito.

Naturally, a french event wouldn’t be complete without some delicious food, and there will be a gourmet French BBQ which promises to please even the most demanding foodie with minute steaks and merguez sausages plus cheese and charcuterie boards, cold picnic delicacies and crepes will also be available.

Serious petanque players will be invited to participate in the official tournament, while more casual bowlers are encouraged to turn up and try their hand on the ‘have-a-go’ pitches. The tournament costs nothing to enter, all that is required is that you register by 11am where you will also receive a complementary cocktail. If petanque isn’t your thing, then there are plenty of other activities to get involved with including croquet, giant jenga, a treasure hunt and live gypsy jazz music from Trio Manouche.

The dress code is French vintage so guests are encouraged to dress as eccentrically as possible with prizes for the most creative and inventive outfits…and no a striped t-shirt, garlic necklace and beret is not original! Entrance to the event is absolutely free with gates open between 11am to 6pm, so come along and join in the celebrations. Vive la France!

Sat 14th July, 11am – 6pm
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, SW3