Royal Croquet Club Melbourne

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne
Images courtesy: Royal Croquet Club. Photographer: Matthew Kroker

Who says you can’t mix an outdoor dance party with Pimms and croquet? Back again for a third year, catch the Royal Croquet Club at Birrarung Marr.

Royal Croquet Club 

Birrarung Marr (between Federation Square and Batman Avenue, Melbourne)
Monday to Friday – 5pm till late
Saturday and Sunday – 12pm till late
Free entry Sunday to Thursday
Friday and Saturday – $20 entry after 6pm only
More info: www.royalcroquetclub.com.au/melbourne-2016/

Adding to an already chockablock December, the Birrarung Marr parkland hosts the fabulous Royal Croquet Club for a third year running. Picture a large paddock of soft astroturf, croquet pitches, a huge stage, wooden tables and striped umbrellas, food trucks and bars; this event has Melbourne and summer written all over it!

Keeping you fed and watered after a tiring game of croquet are the usual suspects; 8bit, Gelato Messina, POW Kitchen, Hoy Pinoy and Up In Smoke. There's everything from burgers to pork belly, and more for vendors to be announced. Make a point to cool off at the Pimms garden and grab a refreshing jug to share.

And when the sun well and truly goes down, the atmosphere slowly changes from lazy afternoon drinks in the sun to an open air dance party, as the DJ’s turn up the volume. Headlining this season and performing on the opening night is Dope Lemon (Angus Stone), as well as the Aston Shuffle, Hayden James and Touch Sensitive. This year there’s a larger focus on art too, with installations, wandering entertainment and a new pop-up theatre aptly named the Parlour which features acts from the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

The Royal Croquet Club opens at midday on Fridays and Saturdays, so if the dance scene isn’t your cup of tea, head in around lunchtime for an afternoon drink or two. And there’s plenty of seating in the sun and shade too. Being next to the heart of the city, public transport is the best option for getting there. Catch the train from Southern Cross Station (you’ll see the SkyBus Melbourne Hub) to Flinders Street Station, or alternatively catch one of the many trams that run down Flinders Street.

Whether it’s the perfect rendezvous after work or the day-long destination, make sure you stop by the Royal Croquet Club over the next two weeks, for the perfect summer day out.

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