Welcome to Basingstoke Croquet
The 2020 croquet season is now over. We will hopefully be starting the new season in Late March or April 2021. Depending on restrictions at the time we will have two open to the public events to try out croquet. The dates will be announced here. You are also welcome to get in touch at any time via our contact form.
Whether you are completely new to croquet or a regular player you can in the meantime see the coaching modules for Golf croquet and Association croquet and the ‘What to do next challenges’ which will give you an introduction to the game or ideas for improving your game.
We look forward to seeing everyone for a new season next Spring.
Basingstoke Croquet Club is a constituent part of the newly established Thornycroft Bowls and Basingstoke Croquet Club. We are located at St Andrew’s Road, South Ham, Basingstoke RG22 6PT
This site tells you about how to play croquet in Basingstoke. There are two options:
option 1: if you want to play informal "Golf Croquet" you can join the U3A (University of the Third Age) who have use of the facilities on six half-days each week. Please see the separate U3A page for details.
option 2: Basingstoke Croquet Club offers the full range of croquet (explained below) and uses the lawn midweek and at weekends. See the separate Club page for details.
What is croquet?
There are two main types of croquet, both of which we play at the Club. Golf Croquet is a relatively simple game involving either two (singles) or four players (doubles) progressing their balls round the course. Association Croquet is rather more complicated and requires a variety of skills and a sense of tactics.
Croquet is rather like snooker played on a lawn. Instead of pockets on the table we have hoops and use mallets instead of a cue. In Association Croquet, just as in snooker, the idea is to build a “break” by putting your ball through the hoops in a certain order and using all the other three balls on the lawn. The Demonstration video gives you an idea of the game.
Who can play?
Anybody. Croquet is a game for all ages and both sexes, provided they can handle the mallet.
Do I need special kit?
No. You should wear flat soled shoes when on the lawn, otherwise just as you are. The club has some mallets for general use but most people eventually buy their own.
Where do we play?
We are co-located with the Thornycroft Bowls Club, St Andrew’s Road (off Pinkerton Road), South Ham, Basingstoke RG22 6PT. Park in the large car park on St Andrew’s Road at the end opposite the entrance. Walk down the path to your left and the Clubs are through the steel gate: turn right up the ramp.
When can I play?
Come to the Club on any Saturday morning from 10.00am to 1.00pm: you can learn more about the game, have a go and see if you like it.
Basingstoke Croquet Club is twinned with Boras Croquet Club (Boraskrocketsallskap) in Sweden (see boraskrocketsallskap.wordpress.com) and with the Coolum Croquet Club in Queensland, Australia (http://www.coolum.com.au/display_listing.asp?id=1464&catid=652&cattype). We welcome opportunities to twin with croquet clubs in other parts of the world.
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