The Club, which was founded in 1929, has the exclusive use of five full-sized lawns and a grade II listed pavilion (pictured), with cloakrooms and a recently refitted kitchen. We have also recently obtained a lease on the adjacent disused former bowls facilities, and are engaged in an ambitious program of renovations and improvements to both turf and pavilion to create four additional newly laid full sized croquet lawns, a half sized lawn and a second pavilion. All 9½ lawns can now be watered overnight with our automatic irrigation system. Some of the full lawns are usable as two half sized lawns for Short Croquet or for anyone who prefers to play in this format.
The club provides all the necessary equipment (mallets, balls, hoops), so players need only bring a pair of flat-soled shoes. There is a telephone, 0115 922 2237 (but this will only be answered if someone is within reach) and WiFi broadband connection.
During the season, which runs from early April to early October, the lawns are available all day, seven days a week (except during tournaments) and can be booked using our online lawn booking system. We run Open Days and also accommodate casual play from visitors and passers-by when possible, and also have club sessions when players may drop in to play without pre-arranged games. Saturday afternoon club events - sometimes with teas - are very popular. Coaching courses for beginners are run each year, and we have programmes of ongoing coaching for more experienced players at all levels. Coaching is given freely by experienced members.
During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, we initially had to close, but were able to reopen in mid-May with reduced amenity (e.g. no catering), extra hygiene measures and temporary extra rules to make use of our facilties safe and legal. We provided as much access to our facilties for members and visitors as changing government restrictions allowed.
Outside the main playing season some lawns may be available for play, subject to maintenance and weather considerations.