Vintage Lawn Games to try out this Summer

Garden Inspiration | Posted on July 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm by

Traditional lawn games are a great family activity and can also be great fun at a summer party for friends.

We’re big on family here at Carbutts and we like to be nostalgic. So we had great fun making up this list of traditional lawn games and we thought it was a good idea to share some of our favourite choices.

 

Croquet

This is a favourite and can be pretty brutal when played properly.

There’s nothing quite like watching your pal get a ball close to the hoop only for you to come along and smash it 10 yards away.

The rules of croquet are simple; using a long wooden mallet, you score by hitting your balls through the 6 hoops placed around the lawn. The winner is the person or team first to 14 points (all 6 hoops and a bonus hoop at the end).

It’s a great game and played at a pace which allows you to claim you are playing a sport and drink a nice Pimm’s at the same time.

 

Bowls

Bowls is a staple of the English summer and looks a very elegant game to play.

It’s tricky though, especially on an uneven lawn (although we can always level it out for your with our lawn laying service) as judging the direction and pace of the ball is never easy. A more modern alternative that has crept into the UK from France is Boule, which is equally as good fun and involves tossing the balls rather than rolling them.

 

Quoits

Or hoopla as you might know it.

Pretty simple but still tricky as it involves tossing a rope ring so that it lands around a narrow peg. Quoits comes in a few forms these days such as plastic rings, rope rings of horseshoes. The aim is always the same though, get the most on the peg and the winner can claim an extra beer.

 

Skittles

A classic.

And all the more reason to have a ‘flatish’ lawn. There are some lovely wooden skittle sets available these days that have a real vintage look to them. And even though the dads can get pretty competitive, the kids are equally as good at this as the grown-ups.

Getting the first few over isn’t the problem, it’s that last lone skittle, goading you from a few meters away which is the enemy.

 

French Cricket

We love this one.

And old bat and a soft ball of any sort will do.

The batter stands alone in the middle of the lawn and uses his legs as the stumps (the emphasis here is on the soft ball). Everyone else is a bowler and can bowl from anywhere, in front, at the side or from behind and it’s up to the batter to defend his ‘stumps’.

This is a quick-fire game of cat and mouse. The winner is the one with most hits away from his legs.

 

Drinking

Ok, not strictly a lawn game but great fun none the less.

The rules are simple here, gather some friends and a great selection of cold drinks and tell funny stories on a lush green lawn you are proud of.

 

We’re here to help

Now we can’t help with the drinks or the length of your bowling, but we can help with your grass.

We can supply top quality grass (or lay the whole lawn for you) directly anywhere in the country direct from our Cheshire farm and you can choose from two great qualities of grass here.

And you’ll be surprised how quickly we can make your garden look green and lush again.

For friendly advice we are happy to help and all enquiries are welcomed.

Get in touch with the team now and let’s get your lawn looking fantastic.

Call on 07836 343496 or email on info@carbuttsturf.com