The King Power Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship opens on 26 June, with up to 40 matches taking place in the tournament. Semi finals are played on 18 July and the high octane Final on 22 July. The Final marks a gala day for both the club and the sport of polo with attendance regularly hitting the 14,000 mark and a programme of entertainment – including the RAF Falcons parachute display team – a shopping village, children’s mini-funfair, bars and food outlets all adding to the fun. Never been to polo before? Cowdray’s informative and entertaining commentators will guide you through the rules and you’ll soon be part of the polo set!
On Finals’ day, 22 July, gates open at 10.30am, when spectators rush in to try and grab the best picnic spots. Entry is £22.50 on the gate, under 12s’ free, but purchase before 6 July and the price is £18.50. Grandstand seats range from £26–£36. Pre-booked picnic sites start from £80. All you have to do is ring the Polo Office on 01730 813257 to book your day at Cowdray Park.
Outside of the Gold Cup, Cowdray Park’s busy polo season offers a feast of polo from the beginning of May to the end of September with some 400 matches being played. Polo at all levels is catered for, from beginners starting off in Cowdray Park Polo Club’s Academy, through to competitions at low, medium and high goal handicap levels. Sited in such glorious countryside, an afternoon at polo rarely disappoints. Around 30 tournaments are played during the course of a season, so there is a final with prize presentations just about every weekend. So why not pack a picnic and head for Cowdray Park’s glorious grounds?