Croquet tournaments are an excellent way to hone your skills and learning, enjoy the ambience of a club at its best, and get to know players from other clubs in a convivial yet competitive atmosphere. Catering and liquid refreshments are usually on offer. Most tournaments are weekends but some are longer. Nottingham’s flagship “Annual Tournament” lasts for six days and has been going since the club was founded. For most tournaments it is good etiquette (and for a few, required protocol) to wear “predominately white” clothing. We hope many of our members will enjoy tournament play, either at our own club, or perhaps sometimes travelling to other clubs around the country. 

The Croquet Association website provides details of many tournaments at clubs around the country, and for most provides an online entry form. You can also enter tournaments by sending an entry form to the relevant club’s tournament secretary. James Death is our tournament secretary. 

As a club we host a range of tournaments each year, partly for the benefit of our own members who might prefer not to travel and stay away for tournament play, partly to engage in the wider croquet world, and partly because tournaments generate revenue for the club (from fees, catering and refreshments) and help to keep our subscription rates affordable. 

Players visiting our tournaments may find this page useful. 

At the time of writing, we plan to host the following tournaments in 2024:

Dates Event Lawns
6 May One-Ball Club Heat * 5
11 May One-Ball Regional Final 5
16-19 May AC CqE Peels 6
1-2 June AC B Level 8
7-9 June GC CqE Women’s Open Championship 4
14 June GC Club Doubles Day * 5
28-30 June AC East Midlands 8
6-7 July AC C Level 5
10 July GC B Level 5?
11 July GC C Level 5?
13-14 July GC Championship 5
15-20 July AC Annual Week 9
27-28 July AC Hallam Doubles * 5
8-11 Aug AC CqE Challenge and Gilbey 4
31 Aug – 1 Sept AC Open W/E 4
7-8 Sept AC Handicap W/E 4
14 Sep AC Derek Blow Beginners Event * 4
???? Schools and Juniors 4
21-22 Sept GC CqE National Singles (Ascot Cup) 4
5-6 Oct AC CqE Inter-Club Finals 2

The four marked * are internal club tournaments for our own members only; the others are promoted nationally by the Croquet Association on its fixtures calendar and will attract players from other clubs. 

Most tournaments start at 9:30 am. The number of lawns required is an estimate, and will depend on entries. More up to date information will be available on the club calendar and the lawn booking system. 

Sometimes during tournaments, some of the lawns may become free after tea time, but it cannot be guaranteed. Always consult (but never pester) the tournament manager before occupying an empty-looking lawn. It may be needed. 

Directions and information about food, drink and accommodation are available for Tournament Visitors.