When: 19th – 21st May 2017, from 11am
Where: Watergate Bay, Cornwall
What is it?
The 10th Aspall Polo on the Beach will take place from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st May at Watergate Bay in Cornwall.
Over 10,000 people are expected to visit Watergate Bay for the event, which will see more than 20 ponies thundering across open sand in high-level polo matches, alongside three days of entertainment. Polo on the Beach will be held on the two-mile-long north Cornwall beach, with a packed programme of family fun, food and drink, and a Polo on the Beach Party on the Saturday night.
The Aspall beach bar, Jacquart Champagne garden and street food stalls will be open from 12pm on the Friday, with the action starting at 3.30pm. Highlights on day one will include a five-a-side Segway Polo Match, mixing club members with professional polo players. A demonstration of the rules and techniques of polo will be followed at 6.30pm by the first polo match of the weekend, when team Cornwall will aim to extend their winning run against the Rest of the World.
Previous editions of the event have been notable for the high quality of the polo matches, attracting many of the UK’s top polo players including England squad members Jamie Le Hardy, Chris Hyde, and James Harper.
An Argentinian asado barbecue and live music will conclude the first day, as the sun sets on the beach.
Saturday afternoon’s entertainment will begin with a performance from the Knights of Middle England, a team of jousters and stunt horse riders who will bring the much fabled sport of jousting to life on the sands of Watergate Bay. An introduction to the rules of polo will follow, before the top billing polo event of the weekend; the Aspall Trophy match, beginning at 6.30pm and starring top professional players.
The Polo on the Beach Party will round off the day. The live music event will take place in a pop-up music arena, with the stage right on the sand. Acts will include London six piece Molotov Jukebox and singer-songwriter Ruarri Joseph.
The beach entertainment will continue into Sunday with a fun dog show hosted by local charity, St Francis Home for Animals, who have been rescuing and rehoming dogs for more than 50 years. The event hopes to attract every size, shape and breed of four-legged friend to the sand, encouraging owners to enter their dogs into a class, from Best Puppy to Waggiest Tail.
More info: www.watergatebay.co.uk/polo