6 of the best lawn games, as croquet sees a lockdown revival

Best lawn games as croquet sees a lockdown revival. (Getty Images)
Best lawn games as croquet sees a lockdown revival. (Getty Images)

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There aren’t many things we can play with our friends that are strictly no-contact, but lawn games such as tennis and golf are two of the few.

However, there is one lawn game that has eclipsed them both and seen sales go up by 600 per cent: croquet.

Yes, that’s right, the old-fashioned past-time is having a revival.

Once popular with English aristocrats and immortalised by Lewis Carroll in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the lawn game has become one of a handful of non-contact sports which are allowed during the lockdown - including golf and tennis.

This notable spike in sales comes from John Lewis, who say the purchases of garden croquet sets are up by 600 per cent compared to the same period last year.

This means that as well as joining five of your friends for a picnic, you can now diversify the meet-up with a dignified game of croquet - and a glass of bubbly, of course.

However, if the classic mallet and hoops game isn’t quite your bag, we’ve also found several other lawn games to indulge in.

From getting competitive with your family to keeping your distance with those outside of your household, here are six ways to make the most of your nearest green patch.

6 best lawn games

Croquet Game | £55 from Oliver Bonas

Though John Lewis are not officially sold out of the game, you can still get your hands on it from Oliver Bonas. The set contains a mallet, markers, boules and a bag to keep them in when not in use. 

Tactic Bean Bag Game | £39.47 from Amazon

Also known as cornhole, this tactical bean bag game sees components try and get the beanbags onto the boards to collect the most points.

Chrome Boules Set | £29.95 from Amazon

This top-rated ball set can survive all weather types and is likely to have the whole family hooked in just a few rounds.

Wooden Skittles Set | £28 from Argos

If you miss your monthly bowling game with friends, this is the perfect solution.

Garden Quoits | £14.95 from Amazon

Bring the fairground to you with this classic quoits game for the garden (or indoors, if you have enough space and manage to hide all the breakables).

Professor Puzzle Great Garden Games Limbo | £12 from Argos

Who is the bendiest of them all? Start limbering up and put your flexibility to the test with this wooden limbo set. This popular party game is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.