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The event is being organised in the County of Sussex, on the South Coast of England, with an excursion into Kent for one of the venues. The headquarters venue is the Sussex County Croquet Club (in Southwick, 5 miles to the west of Brighton and 55 miles south of London) with 10 lawns, which will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the Championship Blocks, Semi-Finals and Finals.

The other venues are:

  • Compton (in the centre of Eastbourne) with five lawns
    30 miles east of Southwick (60 minutes by car) and about 80 minutes by train plus a 10 minute walk, changing at Brighton
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells with three lawns
    38 miles (60-75 minutes) north east of Southwick and about 2.5 hours by train plus a 5 minute walk, changing at Brighton and either London Waterloo or St Leonards Warrior Square
  • West Worthing with two lawns
    10 miles (25 minutes) west of Southwick and about 20 minutes by train plus a 20 minute walk north from Goring-by-Sea station

Basic information about the locations and directions are available on each Venue page and more detailed maps etc. may be available on each club's website. If you're interested in the current weather at these locations see the BBC Weather site.

The Qualifying Tournament is being held at the Guildford & Godalming Croquet Club - 35 miles (65 minutes by car, 140 minutes by train) North West of Southwick. Since the dates for this event do not overlap with the Championship, we're not providing detailed travel information between this location and our venues. Some local accommodation details are provided on their website.

Google Maps provides useful information about travel including public transport in the UK - other mapping services are available.

Travel to the Brighton and Shoreham areas

By Air: The nearest International Airport with excellent links to the Brighton area is London Gatwick. There are direct rail links to Brighton & Shoreham with a very regular service. Trains to Brighton can take less than 30 minutes and trains to Shoreham 40 minutes.

London Heathrow is between 1.5 & 2 hours drive to Brighton. Alternatively one can go via London by train or by catching a regular coach service from Heathrow to Gatwick and then by train to Brighton.

Luton Airport is a possibility for European visitors with direct train times of just over 2 hours to Brighton. Stansted could be used but will require 2 changes by train and a journey time of 2.5 hours to Brighton.

There are good bus/coach links from Heathrow and Gatwick to Brighton as well as between the airports.

Car Hire:

This is a recommended option for overseas visitors. It is the easiest way to get from Heathrow and Stansted Airports to the Brighton area. A car will also give you the best traveling options between the four venues. Some major rental companies are:

Train Services: 

There is a good train service from London to Brighton & Shoreham. There is also a local station at Southwick which is 10 minutes walk from the club.  Eastbourne, Southwick and West Worthing Clubs are all within reasonable walking distance of their respective stations, serving the Coastway train service.

The Royal Tunbridge Wells Club is 5 minutes walk from the station, which is convenient for trains to/from London, but doesn't connect conveniently to the Coastway service.

Train timetables can be seen here: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk. The Trainline website http://www.trainline.com has the timetables too, but also allows you to book tickets and has an app also.

Accommodation - Staying in Sussex

Please see here.