The event

THE POLO

‘The matches are fast and furious, and the extra-large orange ball, designed not to get lost in the sand, flies around at speeds of up to 100mph.’
The Guardian

The polo at Sandbanks (the British Beach Polo Championships) is the largest beach polo event in the world. When polo is played in an enclosed arena it has been referred to as ‘Ice Hockey on Horse Back’. Spectators are close to the action – they can fully appreciate the horsemanship, speed and gladiatorial nature of polo. The polo ponies love the sand – they can accelerate and stop fast and can turn extremely sharply. The thrill and excitement of horses galloping on the sand with the English Channel as a backdrop, whilst sipping champagne amongst glamorous company, is a vision to remember – an intoxicating mix. Polo players engage with the sponsors and spectators both on and off the pitch.

 

THE PARTIES

‘You simply cannot beat the polo at Sandbanks. It attracts some of the world’s top players who stay to party into the early hours alongside the fashionable crowd’
Jodie Kidd. Model & polo player

The beach parties that wrap up both days are legendary. Kicking off at 7.00pm with the last of the revellers leaving the beach at 1am top DJ’s and live bands entertain the huge crowds that stay on for the evening. A great opportunity to mingle with the players and celebrities and not to be missed.

THE LOCATION

‘Only one sport is glamorous enough for the platinum peninsula of Sandbanks’
The Times

Sandbanks is probably the most exclusive beach community in the UK. The infamous peninsular extends out across Poole Harbour on the scenic Dorset coast. It boasts upmarket luxurious homes and pristine ‘Blue Flag’ beaches. Poole is easily accessible with a fast rail connection (100 minutes direct from London Waterloo), good road access (30 minutes from Southampton) and 2 International airports within 45 minutes.

FOOD AND DRINK

There’s no shortage of choice at the event. Visit our food village and you’re bound to find something delicious for lunch or supper. There are bars a-plenty so you definitely won’t go thirsty. If you fancy the gold standard experience then have a look at our Hospitality pages.

HOSPITALITY AND VIP

Why not upgrade your experience to the very best? Hospitality guests have their own exclusive marquee and the afternoon starts with a champagne reception. This is followed by a delicious lunch prepared by our award winning caterers. When the polo is truly underway you’ll have afternoon tea and if you have the stamina you can join us for the VIP party later on.

Our VIP guests can reserve a table providing a base for the day and evening, or just book VIP tickets so you can be at the heart of the action at all times.

For more information visit:  hospitality and vip

SANDSCRUM

Sandscrum, an exciting clash of exhibition five-a-side beach rugby, returns for 2019. After last year saw beach rugby played for the first time at Sandbanks we are delighted to welcome its return. Watch out for the daily match when the polo takes a break.

CHARITY RACE

Each year we have a bit of fun whilst raising funds for our chosen charity. There will be a thrilling race taking place each day between the two fastest ponies where you can bet on the winner. All proceeds go to our chosen charity the Household Cavalry Foundation which provides charitable and pastoral support to all the members of the Household Cavalry family: serving Soldiers, operational casualties, veterans, and the welfare of retired horses.

FASHION SHOW

While we make the change from day time polo to the night time parties join us for our spectacular fashion show. Showcasing everything that’s hot on the runway right now come a grab a front row seat for some wardrobe inspiration.

THE VENUE

Each year we start to build the huge temporary structure on Sandbanks beach just 4 days before the gates open. The arena, marquees, furniture, kitchens, bar, sound, lighting …. the list goes on …  all have to be ready for the opening day on the Friday. It’s an amazing thing to see happen on the beautiful beach, then it’s all removed in a matter of 3 days. You’d never even know we’d been there!

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