BURY Croquet Club has organised a free open day for visitors to try one of the variants of the game.

The event takes place on Saturday, May 21, free of charge and will be open from 11am to 4pm at Whitehead Park in Ainsworth.

This will be a part of National Croquet Week, May 14 and 22, which encourages people to get involved and try their hand at the game or alternatively, one of the pop-up stalls at the event. 

These include tombolas, raffles, lucky number roulettes, mallet games for children & boules as well as light refreshments, which will all be made available.

Chairman of Bury Croquet Club, Roy Spencer, said: “If you want to know more about croquet, this event is just the thing for you.

"Club members will be on hand to show visitors the rudiments of the game which can be learnt very quickly.

"All equipment will be provided, but please wear flat-soled shoes.

“Contrary to popular belief, Croquet is not an old-fashioned elderly pastime, it is a modern, vibrant, competitive, and widely played sport both in the UK and internationally.

“Many visitors to club events have been pleasantly surprised how quickly they pick the game up, and more importantly how much they enjoy it.”

Admission is free however a small optional charitable donation is requested of visitors. Bury’s mayor, Tim Pickstone, is also expected to attend the event.

More information can be found here.