Newton Abbot Croquet Club

Welcome to Newton Abbot Croquet! 

Forde Park, Newton Abbot

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Founded: August 2011

Linked to:

The Croquet Association

The South-West Federation of Croquet Clubs


Chair - Simon Le Pine-Williams

Secretary - Kathy Lane

Captain - Clive Sawers

The image below was taken during a period of hot dry weather in early August 2015.
The ground is hard and very fast.

We used these two courts 20 X 16 yards each for some years.
This is not full size! Our available area would not quite accommodate a standard single court 35 X 28 yards,
but with a little bit of levelling proposed shortly, we hope to achieve a court very close to full size.

But more importantly we need a second court to be able to host matches.


Croquet (pronounced crowkay) is making a come-back. Forget what you may have heard; it is an absorbing sport that can be played by both sexes on equal terms and has an excellent handicapping system that allows players of all standards to compete on equal terms.

The popularity of Croquet has increased with the development of Golf Croquet which is a relatively quick and sociable game with players taking turns of only a single shot. A game typically lasts 45 minutes.

Find out how the two standard and other versions of the game are played HERE...


We currently have over 20 regular members; since 2011 at least 45 adults have played here, some coming from New Zealand and Chile. About the same number of children have played here mostly from one or other local schools.

We charge an annual fee currently 25 and a daily green fee of 1. Taster Sessions are available for potential new members. All kit is supplied but we encourage regular members to acquire their own mallet. Do please make contact with us if you are interested. We would love to hear from you.  Almost anyone can play croquet. Our ages range from older teens to over 80s.

The Pavilion

Works to renovate the pavilion are largely complete; this is a development that we welcome.

Here is the pavilion as it was.

The pavilion now provides light refreshments from 10am-3pm. Teignbridge District Council have been particularly helpful in providing facilities throughout our time in Forde Park.

The Season typically runs from April to September, but occasionally we have started in March and ended in October depending on the weather. Forde Park is on deep clay so only if the soil can be improved will the season be extended. We are aware of some clubs including Exeter and Budleigh Salterton that play all year round with some restrictions on grass-risky shots.

How to find us

Forde Park is within about 5-10 minutes walk from the train station. Coming from the A380 dual carriageway, leave at Penn Inn roundabout towards the town centre keeping in the left lane; go ahead at two sets of traffic signals, after that take the second turning on the left into Forde Park, signed to the Football Association. Please note that you cannot turn left into Forde Park at the first leg just over the railway bridge;

you should turn left at the next one. Coming from the train station turn left from the car park and as you enter a one-way system, move to the right line and turn right onto the main one-way carriageway. Turn almost immediately left into the western leg of Forde Park. The park is on the left; parking is usually available in a number of locations usually subject to charges in marked bays. The croquet lawn is adjacent to the hard tennis courts.
Programme: 2021

Recruitment of new members is always a priority and we have been pleased at the continuing growth in numbers now coming along to join us.

Please see our diary page for events...

A second lawn

The Club cannot participate in matches with only one lawn. A second lawn is now a high priority for the Club. A thriving croquet club must seek to attract experienced players as well as novices by providing sufficient high quality lawns to encourage competitive play. At present we struggle a little but enjoy what we have greatly. The general slope of Forde Park means that level areas for croquet would need to be constructed into the slope.


You may wish to take a look at some of the following videos on YouTube:

European Championship Final from Surbiton - Game 1 HERE

European Championship Final from Surbiton - Game 2 HERE

European Championship Final from Surbiton - Game 3 HERE

Contact us:

Clive Sawers (Captain & Groundsman) - or 07967 148794

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External links

Oxford Croquet - Large site with much information about croquet

The Croquet Association - We have now joined the CA.

Exeter Croquet Club - Lovely grounds in St Thomas' just off Alphington Road with two nearly full-size courts and small clubhouse.

The South-West Federation of Croquet Clubs

Barnstaple Croquet Club

Sidmouth Croquet Club

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