GWR Polo On The Beach

26 June – 28 June

GWR Polo On The Beach

What’s it all about?
 
Watergate Bay’s biggest event, award-winning GWR 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, GWR Polo on Beach has been extended to take place on Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June, and is free to attend. Polo matches will be played at 6pm on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 with other arean and beach entertainment taking place throughout the day. Sunday 28 June will be a more family orientated day including horse and dog displays.
 
On Saturday 27 June the beach will play host to the first ever GWR Polo on the Beach party with International DJ Krystal Roxx and live music. A selection of street food vendors, a Champagne Airstream and beach bar will be open throughout. Tickets can be purchased online at www.watergatebay.co.uk/polo
 
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.”

 
For more information visit www.watergatebay.co.uk/polo
 
Did you know?
 
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.
 
 
 
 

Facilities

  • Facilities
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  • Restaurant/Cafe
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  • Sea views
  • Beach within 2k

Tickets / Price Guides

Ticket Type Ticket Price Ticket Details
Free Admission £0.00 Free Admission

Opening Times

June 26, 2015 - June 28, 2015

Ponies create iconic 60m sand drawing to launch

GWR Polo on the Beach

Polo ponies have made their mark across two miles of Cornish coastline to celebrate the return of *GWR Polo on the Beach festival.

 A unique 64 metre sand drawing made by the ponies themselves was created at Watergate Bay, Cornwall, and will mark the launch of the three day polo event, sponsored by GWR, the premium brand for rail operator First Great Western.

 GWR commissioned the impressive equine art 54 metres (492 hands) wide and 64 metres long (582 hands) to mark the scene of a polo pony and player in motion ahead of the festival which will open on Friday 26 June. First Great Western is expected to carry thousands of passengers to Cornwall this month and worked tirelessly through the night with the polo team to prepare the stunning marriage of art and horsemanship.

 The art stretched over 400 metres end to end and was created by an estimated 3,840 cantering hoof prints, 50 mallet marks and took two hours to come to life but just moments to wash away as the tide came in. 

 Renowned Polo players Andrew Burgess and Rohan Kelly took to their saddles on Tonka and La Sophia respectively, who made for perfect equine artists as the steeds are known for their agility and fast-paced turns reaching speeds of 40 mph.

 Andy Burgess added “It was an incredible experience. As a professional polo player it’s not often you get to really cut lose with your horse like that. Galloping across those sands in the sun is not something I’ll soon forget.”

 Philip Edgerton, First Great Western Head of Sales and Marketing “We really wanted to show our support for this incredible event and bring the beauty of Watergate Bay to a wider audience. It is amazing that the picture was made by the horses themselves, and helps show the array of beautiful destinations right on our doorstep. ”

 Drones captured the panorama over the stunning bay while unsuspecting passers-by snapped the site from their phones from the surrounding cliffs.  The two-mile stretch of golden sands will set the scene for the free event, which will host three exhilarating matches, entertainment and live music from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 June. 

Experts in high speed travel, First Great Western last year impressed the crowds with a large-scale model railway – complete with Cornwall to Devon Tamar Bridge – where polo spectators were able to race trains around the picturesque West Country sights.

 To book train tickets to this year’s top-class sporting event visit  www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk.

 

 

 

For more information, images and filming please contact the First Great Western

press office on

Teek Smith tsmith@golin.com 0207 067 0654

Anna Gorzkowska agorzkowska@golin.com 0207 067 0708

 

 

Beach Polo facts

A polo pony is the terms used for a horse used in a game of polo

Each player will take four to six ponies each to a match

These ponies can each hit a maximum speed of around 35 to 40 mph, and often travel two-and-a-half miles per match, 85-90 mph less than a High Speed Train

Polo ponies can sell for sums between £10,000 and £500,000 with the total value of the Watergate Bay ponies reaching around £250,000.

A game of beach polo consists of four seven minute periods of play, called chukkers

Traditional polo ponies are used with players changing horses following each chukker

Location

Polo On the Beach
Watergate Bay
Newquay Cornwall TR8 4AA

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