There is no stopping the enthusiasm of 1000’s of people who flock to the beautiful beaches of Sandbanks, Dorset, UK on the second weekend in July to join in to what has become known as ‘the Sandbanks weekend’ in the sporting and social calendar of the South Coast of England.

Curiosity bought people to watch high quality beach polo at Sandbanks for the first few years but since then the parties, hospitality, fashion shows and now a beach rugby element and Sandfest music festival on the Sunday has kept the audience guessing and wanting more. a heavily watered beach arena providing a firm playing surface surrounded by elaborate marquees, staging and grandstands above the high-water mark, the British Beach Polo Championships, otherwise known as Sandpolo has become a ‘must go to’ event. With a ticketed capacity of 5000 on site the polo can also be enjoyed by spectators along the beach from a raised sand platform.  This gives polo, over the 2-day event, exposure to a wide variety of people and business platforms.

The polo, played under the authority of the Hurlingham Polo Association, attracts 4 competitive medium goal teams of 3 players.  Each team plays on both days with a further exhibition game on the Saturday.  A charity race is held between the 2 fastest ponies on each day. International teams are welcome and bring an interesting dimension. The event has welcomed Australian, South African, Argentinian, Irish and Welsh teams amongst others.

The beach parties that follow the day’s polo and the fashion show are a highlight for many. This yearThe House & Garage Orchestra, with incredible vocalists and DJs, will entertain guests until 1am at the Pure Polo party on the opening night. Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw will host the closing Sandpolo Ocean Party on the Saturday.

polo2Generous sponsorship from established brands such as Sunseeker, Barclays Wealth, Audi and Oakley has ensured the quality of the event remains high and guests are treated to the highest level of service.  With continued support from the local authorities Sandpolo will continue to adjust to the ever-changing social dynamic while staying true to its competitive polo roots.

For further information about this year’s event visit:

Article By Fykaa Caan.

Fashion, Lifestyle & Current Affairs Editor.

The Hollywood London Magazine.



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