Our guide to Polo on the Beach #POTB14
We’re getting very excited that the eighth year of Polo on the Beach is almost here. Polo one the Beach attracts some of the country’s top polo players and we are especially looking forward to our new ‘all ladies’ match.
Whether you’re a Polo on the Beach veteran or a newbie, here’s our guide on everything you need to see, bring and do while you’re at Watergate Bay.
What day to attend
On both days the action kicks off in the arena at 1:30pm and goes on into the evening on Saturday 5th July. Music, food, drink and retail will all open on the beach from midday both days.
Saturday 5th July – This is our main day of polo featuring both the ladies and the mens’ professional matches. Expect high goal polo and plenty of action. There will also be two performances from Stampede Stunt Company, as well as Segway and polo demonstrations, and a few surprises.
Following the trophy presentations the DJ’s and music will start and go on until sunset.
Sunday 6th July – The hotly anticipated rematch from last year between Cornwall and the Rest of the World will take place on Sunday 6th July at 4:30pm. Team Cornwall won convincingly last year so with the home crowd behind them they will be looking to do the same this year.
There will also be Segway and polo demonstrations and our first ever Segway polo match with Cornwall Segway.
Things to do
There is more than ever to do on the beach at this year’s polo. Aside from the arena entertainment there will be Segway taster sessions on the sand; £5 for 20 minutes, Joules Welly Wanging all in aid of Help for Hero’s, and straight from Glastonbury, the Great Western Challenge from First Great Western. This giant sized scalextric set will feature a south west railway route with all the key landmarks including the Tamar bridge, Sailsbury White Horse and the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Polo spectators will battle it out for the best time, with prizes to be won!
And, don’t miss the Veuve Clicquot Petenaque set by the Airstream, ready for anyone who wants a quick game in-between matches.
Things to win
There will be prizes to be won with the fastest lap time with the Great Western Challenge including a FGW annual rail pass and official match polo shirts. You will also be able to win Joules prizes with the Joules Welly Wanging.
If you are into your photography, or just have a smart phone, you need to enter our Instagram competition. Take a picture of Polo on the Beach, upload to Instagram and include the #potb14, for your chance to win a selection of six prizes.
Things to buy
This year there’ll be lots of lovely things to buy so you need to bring your pennies. They’ll be a Joules retail pop-up, where you will be able to buy the official Joules match shirts and a Cornwall Farmers, Patch & Acre retail pop-up selling all things equine and dog.
What to eat and drink
You won’t be able to miss the yellow Veuve Clicquot Airstream serving chilled Champagne by the glass and bottle (and magnum), complete with VC garden furniture, deck chairs and the Veuve Clicquot Petenque which proved so popular last year.
The Living Space in the Watergate Bay Hotel will be closed on Saturday 5th July and Sunday 6th July to non-hotel residents.
What to wear
What to wear to Polo on the Beach can be a bit tricky, it can go from blazing sunshine to cloud and wind in an instant. A pair of wellies is a must, there will be lots of Joules ones about, layers are key and a jacket.
The one must wear item is the official Joules match polo shirt for team Joules and team First Great Western. These can be bought online before the weekend.
What to bring
Yourselves, your family and friends. Dogs, Watergate is dog friendly all year round, but please keep them on a lead. A picnic blanket, sunglasses, wellies and a coat, a smart phone for the Instagram competition or a camera to snap the polo internationals, and some cash (there aren’t any cash machines on site, although some of the outlets will have card machines).
What to keep an eye out for
Look out for our free programmes which gives you all the details you need to enjoy #potb14. The rules, the players, the ponies and competition details.
Don’t miss Jamie Le Hardy, our England international which is playing at 6:00pm on Saturday 5th July. Or, Amy Guy, ex Gladiator and Miss Wales who will be playing in the ladies match at 4:30pm.
Radio Cornwall will be broadcasting live from Polo on the Beach on both days, as well as keeping the beach entertained with music, so keep an eye out for roving reporters.
And, all our social media updates throughout the weekend @poloonthebeach #potb14. Please share and send us your pictures.
We look forward to seeing you on 5th and 6th July.