ASPALL POLO ON THE BEACH
The tenth Polo on the Beach takes place at Watergate Bay from 19 to 21 May 2017.
We’ve been there from the start, and always have such a brilliant time at this action-packed family-friendly event. As well as polo, there is so much going on down on the beach: from welly wanging, a dog show and jousting, to live music, great food and fireworks…. the list goes on.
There’s a full programme of the events on the official website, but here we’ve picked our favourites.
SIX THINGS NOT TO MISS AT THIS YEAR’S ASPALL POLO ON THE BEACH
The main event is the polo, and there will be an introduction to the rules of polo at 5.30pm on both the Friday and Saturday, swiftly followed by:
THE TROPHY MATCHES
6.30pm Friday 19 May: The Treleavens Trophy Match is between Tarquin’s Gin Cornwall and The Rest of the World. Will Cornwall win for the fourth year running?
6.30pm Saturday 20 May: The Aspall Trophy Match is the big one. Team Joules takes on Team Champagne Jacquart in this fast and furious match featuring world-class players.
On the Saturday night, following the Aspall Trophy Match, the Polo Beach Party will take place on the sand. As the sun goes down, enjoy live music from Ruarri Joseph and William the Conqueror, the Andy Quick Band and Molotov Jukebox. Food and drink will be available from the range of street food vendors and bars. £25pp, buy tickets online.
SUNDAY DOG SHOW
There are ten classes, including “dog the judge would like to take home”, “best child handler” and “waggiest tail”.
If you (and your dog) would like to enter, just turn up on the Sunday morning.
For those who fancy playing polo, but aren’t so keen on ponies, you can have a taster session on a Segway, a two wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle with a top speed of 12.5mph.
Segway polo is an actual thing, and on the Friday and Saturday afternoons you can watch proper Segway polo matches, the first being between a Segway polo team and a pony polo team, and the second between two Segway teams.
Back in March the Watergate Bay team had a cocktail competition. The brief was to design an Aspall shrub* cocktail, with the winner being served at the Aspall beach bar at Polo on the Beach, and in the Living Space at Watergate Bay Hotel.
The successful concoction is a fabulously fruity and refreshing, yet very grown up, blueberry and lavender shrub cocktail (pictured above, back right), see recipe.
The Aspall beach bar will also be serving cyder, beer, wine and soft drinks; Tarquin’s gin bar will be selling their limited edition Polo on the Beach gin; and for fizz, head to the Champagne Jacquart garden.
*a shrub is a fruit syrup, preserved with vinegar and mixed with water or alcohol.
KNIGHTS OF MIDDLE ENGLAND
The Knights of Middle England will put on a daring display of medieval horsemanship at 4pm on Saturday 20 May.
Get there early to ensure you have a good spot at the arena for one of the weekend’s highlights.
Expect jousting, fights, fire and rearing horses from this amazing team of talented stunt riders and professional horsemen.
GOOD TO KNOW
The event is free! And suitable for the whole family.
You’ll just need to pay for parking. Aim for the top field car park, where parking is £3.50 for the day.
There will be plenty of food available to buy from a range of street food stands, and drinks from Origin coffee, the Aspall beach bar, Tarquin’s gin bar and Champagne Jacquart Garden. The Beach Hut and Fifteen Cornwall will be open as usual (booking essential) and you can also pack up a picnic.
Dogs are welcome; don’t forget to bring a lead and poo bags. Please don’t leave your dog in your car.
For full details visit watergatebay.co.uk/polo.