Watergate Bay’s biggest event, award-winning Polo on the Beach, is returning with a new three-day format for its ninth year.
The spectacle has attracted thousands of people each year since 2007 to watch a showcase of world-class polo, equestrian displays and family entertainment.
Spectators can expect delicious food and drink and live music alongside polo matches with international players and spectacular stunt displays. Previously a two-day event, Polo on Beach has been extended to take place on Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June, and is free to attend.
Watergate Bay’s Will Ashworth said: “Polo on the Beach is always a major highlight for us, and we’re planning our biggest event to date for 2015.
“Around 10,000 people joined us last year to watch international polo players take to the sand. We saw some brilliant family entertainment on the beach with lots of opportunities for the public to get involved, and this year spectators can expect even more.”
Tickets will soon be available for an evening beach party after the weekend’s main polo match on Saturday 27 June. The beach party, a new element to Polo on the Beach, will include music entertainment, food and drink.
Polo dates back to the 5th century BC when Persian cavalry units used the game as a training exercise. Beach polo is thought to originate in Dubai in 2004 and has becoming increasingly popular around the world since then, especially in warmer climates. Watergate Bay was the first beach to host beach polo back in September 2007 and it always provides an action packed match as the polo ponies are able to accelerate, stop and turn very quickly on the sand.
Nicknamed the ‘sport of Kings’ and originating in Iran over 2,500 years ago as a war game, polo can also be played on snow as well as sand and grass. Other forms of polo include cowboy polo, elephant polo, camel polo, cycle polo and even kayak polo.