The club nowadays hosts seven popular sports – cricket, tennis, hockey, running, squash/racketball, vets football and cycling – and caters for all standards from juniors and beginners to county level.
The grounds, among the most attractive in the Home Counties, are very convenient for Beckenham’s bus, train and tram connections, and contain ample off-road parking facilities.
Our lively and friendly bar is open seven days a week, and offers a varied daily menu of hot bar meals and snacks plus an extensive selection of real ales and good-quality wines.
As well as catering to players’ needs, the club bar also attracts a thriving social membership – from ex-players and partners to people who just appreciate a pleasant and relaxing place to mix and meet friends, and enjoy the many social activities that take place throughout the year.
THE EARLY DAYS
Village cricket had been played at Fairfield or the Kelsey estate earlier in the 19th century, but it was a plea to landowner Hulbert Wathen (1802-1880), of Beckenham Lodge, to use part of an arable meadow in Beckenham park that established Beckenham Cricket Club.
For the past 150 years, the lush grass has also been the playground to sport’s finest exponents, including county and international stars. The Club hosted 15 of Kent’s first-class cricket matches (1886-1905); the Kent All-Comers Championships tennis (1886-1996); Cricket Week (since 1893); hockey (since 1900); croquet (from 1902); 38 varsity hockey matches between Oxford and Cambridge (1909-1957), watched by up to 1,500 spectators; one Davis Cup tennis tie between India and Romania (1922); women’s cricket (1930) and warm-up matches for Wightman Cup tennis (1932-76). On 12 March 1921, groundsman Tate, one year before his retirement, was presented to King George Van Tate prior to watching England play Ireland in one of the many international hockey matches at Foxgrove Road.