What conjures up summer for you? Sunshine, beach days, tennis, strawberries, croquet?
Whaaat? Croquet? Isn’t that a posh game for those into country houses and cucumber sandwiches?
Think again. Put aside your prejudices and ditch the stereotypes.
It might surprise you that Bude has a croquet club, which is an asset to the town and is actively seeking new members. It requires skill (you can learn) and is a great way to keep active.
The club has lawns by the pitch and putt and pay and play is just £5 a session. Locals can try it out for free between 10-12 on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sunday mornings.
If they enjoy it, membership is just £90 a year with a reduced rate for juniors or students.
All equipment is provided and once a member you can play whenever you like.
So, why not give it a go. Find a new hobby which involves plenty of fresh air. Bude Croquet Club a small, friendly club which welcomes new members, says:
It’s easy to pick up the basics but you will soon find it’s a challenging and tactical game, played by men and women on equal terms.Come and talk to us on one of our club mornings: Tuesday , Friday and Sunday 10-12 or get in touch to have a chat about it. We have equipment you can use, flat shoes are all you need. We also welcome guests on holiday or from other clubs.
Here’s what the club says on its website:
Bude Croquet Club is a small, friendly and enthusiastic group playing croquet on the stunning North Cornwall coast.
We play golf croquet, which is easy to learn and great fun to be involved in. Our lawns overlook the beautiful Bude Downs and we are just a stone’s throw from the beach.
Croquet relies on strategy not strength. Men and women play as equals and because of a simple handicapping system it is possible for people of any age or ability to play together. It is the perfect game for improving hand-eye coordination and tactical thinking, getting some light exercise and breathing our fresh sea air.
Croquet isn’t really about Pimms on the lawn and cream teas, its a game for everyone and can be as competitive or relaxed as you want.
Everyone is welcome, from experienced competition players to complete beginners.
Come and join us!