The British Beach Polo Championships 2016 at Sandbanks
PUBLISHED: 11:24 02 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:24 02 June 2016
This year's British Beach Polo Championships at Sandbanks will get you even closer to the action
There’s a brand new look to this year’s British Beach Polo Championships, on 8 & 9 July, which will give guests an even better view of the action. The Hospitality and VIP marquees will now be situated alongside the polo arena overlooking the sparkling waters of Poole Harbour. This will give guests a fantastic view of all the action from the polo arena from their private terraces. After sundown the marquees will be merged to form one big party area, as players and guests celebrate after a hard day’s polo.
For the other guests attending what is one of the highlights of the South Coast’s social calendar, the main marquee is now even bigger and the viewing areas include a grandstand overlooking one of the goals. Event director Johnny Wheeler, who started the Championships at Sandbanks in 2008, said: “Over the last nine years the event has gone from strength to strength, but our regular guests wanted to see something new and for those who are attending for the first time we just wanted to provide a better atmosphere for all.”
There will also be even more to see in the polo arena this year with four or six teams battling it out. For those who have never witnessed arena polo it is likened to ice hockey on horseback - action is fast and furious and, due to the confined area of the arena, spectators are as close to the action as is possible, this means it can get pretty physical at times!
Unlike traditional polo which has four players and ponies on each team there are three in beach polo, but the skill and speed involved is exactly the same. Those watching are always amazed by the sheer athleticism of the ponies and the extraordinary horsemanship of the players.
This prestigious annual event takes place at one of Britain’s premier locations – the blue flag beach at Sandbanks. Guests really dress up for the occasion, after all what could be better than sipping champagne, cocktails or ice cold beer with friends whilst watching a thrilling afternoon of polo against the sparkling backdrop of one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbours?
Guests have the choice of booking tickets just for the polo or combining it with the legendary parties which get underway after sundown; the renowned DJ Trevor Nelson will be headlining on Saturday night. Check the website for Friday’s acts. For those wanting to make it a very special weekend VIP are tickets are available; the Hospitality ticket is the one everyone wants as this includes a champagne reception, three course meal with wine and access to the VIP marquee in the evenings for the parties.
Tickets are already selling very quickly so don’t leave it too late to book. The website sandpolo.com has all the details and you can book your tickets there.
British Beach Polo Championships
• When: 8 & 9 July
• Where: Sandbanks Beach
• Tickets: General admission from £25
• Two day pass £55
• Hospitality tickets £165 per person
• VIP tickets start at £50
• Other ticket options available find more details at sandpolo.com
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