Garden games at Berrington Hall

A girl playing cricket on the front lawn

Here at Berrington we love it when people get outdoors and enjoy the gardens and Pleasure Grounds in the same way that they were by the Georgians. So why not see if we have any traditional garden games that you might enjoy?

An essential part of the Georgian culture was picnicking, walking and generally enjoying the gardens. This is something that we are increasingly learning more about at Berrington as we continue our ‘Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds Project’. This summer we are offering you the chance to enjoy the gardens as the Harley’s would have done when they first built Berrington; with croquet and cricket.

See if you have what it takes
Two young boys playing cricket at Berrington
See if you have what it takes

Each year, when the weather is looking brighter, we put out our croquet and cricket set for everyone to have a go and play with. There’s no need to be shy, we have laid out the rules for you below, so why not come and join us to have a go?


  1. Croquet can be played by two or four players.
  2. The object of the game is to hit your ball with your croquet mallet through the course of six hoops in the right sequence.
  3. The winner is the first one to make their way through all of the hoops and the finish by hitting them against the centre peg.

Sounds pretty easy, but have you got the knack?


  1. Cricket is a game played with a bat and ball, between two teams of 11 players each.
  2. The object of the game is to score ‘runs’ if you are the batsman and to put out, or dismiss, the opposing batsmen when you are either bowling or the field.

Although you need quite a big team to play proper cricket, why not just come and enjoy playing in your own time?