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A very warm welcome to the website of Sidmouth Croquet Club from the Chairman (Peter Nelson)
Why not visit the Club? We have four full size lawns in a beautiful location on East Devon's Jurassic Coast overlooking the sea, next to cricket and tennis facilities, in the south of the town. There are about 100 active members of all ages and both sexes, ranging from complete beginners to players at county and regional standard.
National Croquet DaySunday 5th June is “National Croquet Day” and Sidmouth Croquet Club will be opening it’s lawns to the public between 11am and 6pm on that day. Croquet can be played and enjoyed by all ages and relies on skill and tactics rather than physical strength, so men and women play on equal terms and an effective handicap system allows beginners to compete competitively with experienced players. Croquet has been played at Sidmouth for over 100 years and there are now over 200 clubs nationally and more than 30 in the south west alone. Members will be on hand all day to show visitors how to play both the traditional association game and the shorter “golf” format. Chairman Peter Nelson emphasises that everyone can be assured of a warm welcome, all that is required is a pair of flat shoes and a sense of fun!
We play all variations of croquet - handicap, advanced, golf, and one ball, in a season stretching from late March to mid October.
The Croquet Club shares superb facilities with cricket and tennis as part of the Sidmouth Fortfield Sports Complex. Croquet was played in Victorian Sidmouth as early as 1900 as part of the original Sidmouth Cricket, Tennis, Croquet & Hockey Club. Members enjoy full clubhouse facilities with bar and in-house catering. The club has a friendly atmosphere and an ongoing social life including events such as dinners, demonstrations, illustrated talks, fun events, wine and buffet evenings and other activities. After a croquet session, it is good to be able to watch a top-class game of cricket over a well-earned drink! As well as hosting National Tournaments, the Croquet club holds its own competitions and is a member of the South West Federation League, competing at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels.
Spectators are always welcome and members are delighted to be asked to explain the finer points of the game. There are additional coaching opportunities throughout the summer for beginners and more advanced players.
All that is needed to play is a pair of flat soled shoes as the Club can provide mallets and other equipment. So please feel free to contact us and come along and come along to enjoy this super game in a very friendly atmosphere!