Beaufort Polo

Gloucestershire Festival of Polo

10th - 11th June 2017 Beaufort Polo Club, Gloucestershire

Prince William and Prince Harry have historically played at this tournament, which takes place near to where they grew up. Zara Tindall also played in last year's charity match.

What to expect at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo

The gates normally open at around 10am for those bringing a picnic. Meanwhile, hospitality guests will enjoy a drinks reception at noon before sitting down at 1pm. The match begins at 3pm and the presentations take place an hour later. Afternoon tea concludes the day.

Historically, HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry have played in both these matches raising money for their charities such as Centre Point, Child Bereavement, Fields in Trust and many more. Both take place near to where they grew up at Highgrove. Zara Tindall also played in last year’s charity match.

Famous faces

London’s socialites make the trip out of town to attend but the main famous faces will be members of the Royal Family. HRH Prince William, Prince Harry and Zara Tindall all play. The Duchess of Cambridge has been seen to support with her children.

Event hotspots and hospitality

The Members’ Enclosure and is the place to be. However, you can still get a good glimpse of the Princes if you hang out near the pony lines. Hospitality provides excellent views of the action and you can enjoy a champagne reception and long lunch. The Nyetimber Bus is the place to be to enjoy a glass of bubbles and The Falconry School will be running displays.

Did you know

Polo has been played at this venue for many years and it became a landmark place to enjoy the game. At the turn of the century, the popularity of the game had spread throughout the country with one newspaper commenting, “In no district has Polo made greater progress during the past five years than in Gloucestershire”.

Beaufort Polo Club was started by Captain Frank Henry in 1872. Simon and Claire Tomlinson, of the Los Locos polo team, bought Down Farm in 1977.

In the 1920s, the Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, played Polo at Cirencester Park, he was the first member of the Royal family to do so. The Duke of Edinburgh played in many tournaments during the 1960s and the present Prince of Wales was a participant in tournament Polo and many charity matches up to his recent retirement from the game.

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