Chestertons Polo in the Park

A Guide To Chestertons Polo in the Park 2022

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Heading to the event this June? Here's everything you need to know

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One of the biggest social sporting events of the summer, Chestertons Polo in the Park returns to London this June after two years of pandemic-induced interruptions. Taking place from 10 – 12 June at Fulham’s Hurlingham Park, it’s the world’s largest polo festival, with six teams from around the world competing in the hopes of winning the Polo in the Park trophy. We have all the details below.

Chestertons Polo in the Park

Chestertons Polo in the Park: The Lowdown

The History

Polo has a long-standing connection with Hurlingham Park. It was first played there back in 1874, and has since become the UK’s home of polo, hosting the 1908 Olympic Polo Final alongside the prestigious ‘Westchester Cup’ between England and the USA from 1910 – 1939.

Chestertons Polo in the Park

The Polo

For total newbies, polo is a horseback ball game played between two teams of four players each. The oldest of equestrian sports, it sees players using mallets to drive a wooden ball down a grass field and between two goal posts. Visitors to Polo in the Park – which has been sponsored by Chestertons for over a decade – may notice the format is a more fast and furious type of polo, which makes the game faster and brings spectators closer to the action. This year is particularly special as the event will host London’s first ever Ladies International Test Match, with England set to compete against team USA. It’s set to be the first time a women’s international has ever been played in London.

Each day will be slightly different, though visitors can guarantee they’ll see a minimum of three games on each one. The first day, Friday 10 June, is Cudos International Day, kickstarting the tournament with an international match featuring the Frasers England Polo Team. Saturday 11 June is Ladies Day, which opens at midday, with the Ladies International Match taking place at 1.30pm. Finals Day, meanwhile, is ideal for families, with a finale match to crown the tournament champions taking place at 5pm.

Chestertons Polo in the Park

The Food & Drinks

A first for this year, Fulham Food Festival will run alongside Polo in the Park. This will see local restaurants and street food stalls pitching up at the event, including The Mac Factory, Claw, Gaucho and Calamari Canteen. Pop-up bars from the likes of Champagne Lanson, Pimm’s and Slingsby Gin will also be dotted around.

2022 will also see the launch of The Saddle Up Party, a day party taking place on the Sunday in collaboration with London nightclub Mahiki. And for those keen to continue the fun afterwards, many bars nearby will be hosting afterparties, including Raffles, The Chelsea Lodge, The Little Blue Door and Aragon House.

A number of VIP drinking and dining packages are also on offer. The Garden Club package includes afternoon tea, and complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks all day, plus access to the Garden Club area. The High Goal, meanwhile, includes access to a pitchside facility in the garden, with a Champagne Lanson reception, afternoon tea and a two-course lunch with premium wines. Patron is the most exclusive ticket option, offering the chance to host guests in a private suite, with a three-course lunch and full complimentary bar.

Chestertons Polo in the Park

The Kids’ Activities

Sunday is the designated family day, with plenty of activities for children on offer. This year Sharky and George will lead Survival of the Fittest, a collection of challenges – from a tug-of-war to strawberry bootlace races – culminating in a huge water fight. Elsewhere, Chelsea Football Club and Hammersmith & Fulham Rugby Club will host skills sessions, while the Little Hooves Kids Club will be feature storytelling, face painting, soft play and bouncy castles.

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Tickets available now from £17.25, polointheparklondon.com

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