The Club, which was founded in 1929, has the exclusive use of five full-sized lawns and a grade II listed pavilion, with cloakrooms and a recently refitted kitchen. We have also recently secured a lease on the adjacent disused former bowls facilities, and are engaged in an ambitious program of renovations and improvements to infrastructure, turf and pavilion to create four additional newly laid full sized croquet lawns, a half sized lawn and a second, more accessible pavilion. 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. All 9½ lawns can now be watered overnight with our automatic irrigation system.
The croquet lawns are the club's most cherished asset. They require considerable care to keep them in good condition. Custodianship of the lawns for the long term is an abiding concern, so that we and our successors may continue to enjoy the use of high quality lawns for years to come.
The club provides all the necessary equipment (mallets, balls, hoops), so players need only bring a pair of flat-soled shoes.
The east pavilion has a well equipped kitchen, a dining and general purpose room, Ladies' and Gents' cloakrooms and changing rooms with lockers, and a landline payphone (0115 922 2237, but this will only be answered if someone is within reach). The west pavilion has equipment storage with level access, toilets including one with enhanced accessibility, small kitchen and refreshment areas, a spacious meeting / multi-purpose room and ancillary rooms. WiFi is provided across the whole site. Members may use the kitchens (except when in use by tournaments) to store and prepare their own food; please leave them clean and tidy. No cash is stored on the premises - please settle all accounts online, by cheque or in the Members' Accounts book.
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 facilities safe and legal. We provided as much access to our facilities 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.