|"Thank you so much for hosting our away day yesterday – we had a fantastic time. The hosts were amazing with us, the food was delicious and we felt very well looked after. It was a lovely day and much needed for the team. " (Unsolicited email from an NHS group)|
As a club, we love to welcome a whole range of social groups, clubs and voluntary organisations from the wider community to come and enjoy some croquet, maybe for an annual trip, or as a special occasion in your calendar. Whether your group are skateboarders or U3A members, bell-ringers or board gamers, Samaritans or Soroptimists, we'll do our best to make sure you have a wonderful, memorable time. Groups normally stay for around 2 hours. We provide all the croquet equipment; you just need to come wearing flat-soled footwear such as trainers and dressed for the outdoors. One of our friendly willing volunteer club members will be there to host and look after you: to set up equipment in advance, welcome you, show you how to hit a ball straight, explain a quickly learnable form of croquet, answer questions and generally do our best to make sure you have a great time.
Some groups like to bring their own refreshments to picnic in our beautiful grounds. If you prefer, for an extra charge we may be able to serve your group with hot or cold drinks or perhaps an afternoon tea. Let us know what you'd like and we'll do our best to make it a great experience for your group.
This format is generally suitable for groups of between 12 and 40, but talk to us if you're outside this range - we may be able to help.
We charge a modest fee to charitable and community groups for these sessions, to cover the use of our finely tended lawns, club quality equipment, refreshments if required, and the support of one or more of our hosts. Do get in touch using our contact form if your group might be interested, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can, and find a suitable date.
Workplace groups with a little more budget can sometimes be accomodated with a custom package involving more sophisticated catering, organised competitive play involving several croquet variations, a team of hosts, prizes for winning teams etc. We can sometimes accomodate larger numbers for such events. Talk to us and we'll create a great event for you.
We can also create custom packages for corporate groups wishing to use meeting rooms in our fine pavilions for events such as training courses, awaydays, project celebrations etc, which also include some croquet. Please check out this page.