Annual Croquet Match in Genval against Oxford 2020

Photos at the end... Please see below!



Sunday, 27th September at 10:45am - 2:45pm


Martin’s Chateau du Lac
Avenue du Lac 87
Google map and directions

Transport options available


Alastair Paice


An Indian summer invites us to the annual Oxford v Cambridge Croquet match on Sunday, 27th September, from 10.45 onwards, warm-up  and tournament.

The match will take place at the usual venue: the croquet lawn on the lakeside, immediately in front of the hotel Château du Lac, Avenue du Lac 87, 1332 Genval. All croquet equipment will be provided. The dress code is straightforward: flat-soled shoes, trainers or tennis shoes, (de rigueur, to avoid damaging the lawns); it’s traditional to wear white.

A trophy is awarded to the winning side. Somehow Oxford has managed to hold on to it for several years despite great efforts from the better side. No experience is required, just enthusiasm and gamesmanship.

We hope you (and as many friends as you can rustle up) will join us at this convivial social event. If you plan to come, please register at

As in previous years, we plan to welcome players and supporters to join us, after the match, for the optional lunch (pay as you go) at the restaurant La Laguna.

Our Illustrious Captain of Croquet, Alastair Paice, will be welcoming you.

Access by car

20 km southeast of Brussels, off the E411 to Luxembourg to Avenue du Lac 87, 1332 Genval.

Access by train

At present, the website indicates a direct train, on 27 September, leaving the Brussels-Luxembourg station at 9.30am and arriving at Genval station at 10.17am. Do please check the SNCB website nearer the time. An earlier train (8.30am) allows for a pre-match coffee at the lakeside hotel.

Mini Report and Photo Gallery

Happy to report that… We finally defeated our arch-enemies from the other place (Oxford -- whatever that is supposed to be). The final score was Cambridge 40, Oxford 34!!! Thanks to our Illustrious Captain of Croquet Alastair Paice and all who participated. We had a great lunch at the Laguna, a great croquet match then a great good spirited victory drink at the Château du Lac afterwards. We had NO RAIN.

That’s all folks! See you next year.