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Croquet is an ideal way to spend a summer's afternoon.

An Overview of Croquet

Croquet provides some gentle exercise without being too strenuous, it is suitable for all ages, it involves a combination of mental and physical skills, and it is possible to socialise at the same time as you are playing.

There are two main versions of the game played in gardens throughout the UK: Garden Croquet and Golf Croquet.

Garden croquet is a simplified form of Association Croquet, and it involves getting extra turns in reward for hitting another ball or running a hoop. This provides for a richness of tactics and a wide variety of types of shot to play.

Golf croquet is a simpler form of the game, but still involves a great deal of skill. It is perhaps particularly suitable for when you have limited time, as games tend to be shorter and (if you haven't played before) the tactics and rules are a bit more straightforward to understand.


  • Gentle exercise
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Involves a combination of mental and physical skills


A croquet set can cost around £50

Adaptations and Equipment

For club and tournament-level croquet the equipment must reach the specifications set down in the Laws of Croquet. Principally the weight and size of the balls and the dimensions of hoops are tightly specified. But for back-garden play the selection of equipment is not critical and the basics include: mallets, balls, hoops and pegs.


  • The first national headquarters was the Wimbledon All England Croquet Club, founded in 1868, which later was to become the Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

Find Croquet Clubs/Groups Near You

Use the search below to find local organisations near you.

Contact your local Physical Activity, Health & Wellbeing Team

Across Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland the Physical Activity, Health & Wellbeing Teams are providing opportunities to support you to become more active.

Daily Boost

The Daily Boost aims to encourage children and young people to do 15 minutes of organised activity at school every day, benefiting their long-term physical and mental health and wellbeing.

National Governing Bodies

The Croquet Association

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Leicester Croquet Club

Leicester Croquet Club

Social and competitive croquet at Monks Rest Gardens in Old Humberstone, Leicester. The season usually runs from late April to early October. The Club is well equipped and has a clubroom in the adjacent park pavilion.

Active Blaby

Active Blaby

Active Blaby is your local service to help people become more active. We work hard to give people the capability, opportunity and/or motivation to add a bit more movement into their daily lives.



AMBITION stands for Achieving More By Identifying Talent In Ourselves Now and we are a Sports Coaching and Academic Support company that specialises in but is not limited to working with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Social,

Melton Mowbray Croquet Club

Melton Mowbray Croquet Club

Melton Mowbray Croquet Club is open to members of all ages and abilities.

Rocket Holiday Camps

Rocket Holiday Camps

Our Holiday clubs are 3 camps in 1, with stage, sports and solve, there is guaranteed to be an activity your child will love! We bring children together in fun, safe and active environments where they can try many activities and learn new skills

Ashby Croquet Club

Ashby Croquet Club

Ashby Croquet Club is based within the sports grounds of Moira Miners’ Welfare Sports & Social Club.