Who can play croquet?

Croquet is a game of strategy and accuracy, rather than reflexes and strength, so there are no restrictions on age or gender. The handicapping system allows play on equal terms, and it's not uncommon to see teenagers and octogenarians playing together.

When do you play?

The croquet season runs from early April until late September. During the winter, we try to keep one lawn available for use, depending on the weather.

How expensive is it to play?

Compared with many other sports, croquet is relatively inexpensive to play. Membership fees are at a special reduced rate for newcomers, and all beginners are entitled to a free coaching course to help them get the most out of the game.

Isn't croquet just a game for toffs?

In the 19th century, the game was restricted to the upper middle classes, who employed gardeners to look after their large lawns. In a modern club, having access to your own large private garden is not an issue, and croquet attracts people from all walks of life.

What do I need to wear?

There's really no dress code, except that players must wear flat-soled footwear while on the lawns. Most tournaments and matches require players to dress predominantly in white.

What equipment do I need?

All equipment - balls, hoops and mallets - are provided free of charge to members. If you get more involved in the game, you'll probably want to buy your own mallet to suit your own style of play. Prices range from about £50 to £200, for a hand-made customised mallet. Guidance and advice are freely available at the club, or you can contact the Croquet Association Shop to see the range of equipment on offer.