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Smashing a ball with a mallet has never been this cool
Fresh from its highly successful outings over the last two years as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival and last summer as a cool and lively antidote to the Melbourne heat, the Royal Croquet Club is heading north this spring. It will be making its Queensland debut at South Bank's Cultural Forecourt from 6 to 22 November as the opening event of its summer tour around the country.

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Those of you who only know croquet as the game played by the fractious Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland (with flamingos and a hedgehog rather than the customary mallet and ball), are probably wondering what all the fuss is about. After all, the words cool and croquet don't seem to naturally belong together in a sentence. Well, you'd be dead wrong because the Royal Croquet Club is very cool indeed. This event will definitely be a case of 'be there or be square'.

For seventeen days and nights South Bank will reverberate with the sounds of summer's fanciest garden party. And it's not all about croquet. You'll also find art installations, food, bars, roving street performers and musical entertainment, along with the four croquet pitches where you can learn to deftly wield a mallet.

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The food offerings run the whole gamut from delicious La Marcelleria gelato and Miss Kay's burgers to crocodile hotdogs from Adelaide's Street ADL and marvellous Mexican street fare from Sin Vida. Other food vendors signed up for the event include The Defiant Duck, Bao Down Now, Mighty Mighty and The Doughnut Bar.

The full entertainment line-up of local, interstate and international artists is yet to be announced but the opening night (Friday 6 November) will feature Kilter and Porsches live on stage from 5pm.

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Entry is just $5 on Friday and Saturday nights and to make it really easy for you there is no need to book. You can just purchase your tickets at the venue. But if you're in need of a mid-week pick-me-up it won't cost you a cent to enter; From Sundays to Thursdays admission is FREE. Operating hours are from 4pm to midnight Monday to Friday and from 12 noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday.

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For more information about this exciting first for Brisbane or to keep up with the latest news check out the website here, or the Royal Croquet Club's Facebook page here. Specific details about the event are on the Facebook event page here.

Shake off the frustrations and weariness of the working week. Come along for the fabulous food and entertainment and stay for the croquet. Who doesn't love hitting something with a mallet? Just watch the Queen of Hearts below.


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Why? It's a garden party with a twist
When: Friday 6 November to Sunday 22 November
Where: South Bank Cultural Forecourt
Cost: $5 after 7pm Saturday and Sunday. All other times admission is FREE.
Your Comment
Croquet is alive and well in Brisbane - as close to SouthBank as Yeronga Park.
If you enjoy golf, billiards, tennis, hockey… but would rather walk than run…
Croquet, either Golf Croquet or Association Croquet is for you.
Find out more about this affordable sport at www.stephenscroquet.com.au
by heath (score: 1|13) 1327 days ago
RCC are very creative and inspired, if this is as good as their Adelaide offerings it will be well worth a visit.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11210) 1325 days ago
I went yesterday night, and was fab at sundown overlooking the city and croquet lawns. Lots of nice chairs and tables. Can recommend the Pimms Bar, bought a jug with strawberries, mint and orange. Absolutely delicious. Drinks on the pricey side, but worth it for the atmosphere and the fact that it's free entry.
by Julian Groneberg (score: 3|1802) 1320 days ago
Even on a Monday evening, there were quite a few people enjoying the scaled down version of Croquet at Southbank.
Half a dozen regular Croquet players from Wynnum and Stephens Croquet Clubs were there.www.stephenscroquet.com.au
The city skyline is a fantastic backdrop and the food was good.
by heath (score: 1|13) 1324 days ago
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