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Final plans confirmed for Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach

The final details have been announced for the eighth Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach on the Beach on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July.

Free to attend, Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach is a unique event where surf meets turf on the sands of Watergate Bay, north Cornwall. Now in it’s eighth year, the event attracts thousands of spectators who come to enjoy a weekend of top class polo, entertainment and great food and drink.

The weekend will feature more polo than previous years with two matches on Saturday 5 and one on Sunday 6 July. A star line up of players including England international Jamie Le Hardy and Tim Vaux will be competing for the coveted Watergate Bay Trophy on Saturday 5.

A birds eye view of the action from the cliffs overlooking the pitch at last year’s Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach at Watergate Bay, north Cornwall. This year’s event will be held on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July 2014.

Amy Guy, a former Miss Wales and TV Gladiator will be captaining one of the teams in the first match on Saturday 5 July. Amy said: “It’s great to see an all-ladies match coming to Polo on the Beach.

“More and more women are starting to take up the game as there aren’t many other sports where women and men get to play on a level field. To be honest I think the  women are a bit more aggressive than the men and certainly more vocal.”

There will be more entertainment on the beach than ever before. Alongside polo demonstrations and Segway taster sessions, there’ll be a horse display team from Stampede Stunt Company on Saturday and a relay challenge on Sunday.

Headline sponsor Veuve Clicquot will be bringing their Airstream Champagne bar to Watergate Bay, complete with up and coming DJ duo ‘Billon’ who will be playing on Saturday night.

Players from Team First Great Western and Team Joules compete for the Watergate Bay Trophy at the 2013 Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach event at Watergate Bay, Cornwall. This year’s event is being held on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July 2014.

The Veuve Clicquot Airstream will be touring the UK from May to September attending keys events in the Veuve Clicquot calendar including Goodwood Festival of Speed and Festival No. 6. The Airstream bar will be open on both days from 12pm serving chilled Champagne alongside a delicious menu from The Beach Hut barbecue.

Other activities on the beach will include welly-wanging with Joules; pop-up shops from equine specialists Patch & Acre and Joules; and a large scale model railway racetrack from First Great Western.

Polo on the Beach will also provide the debut for Britain’s first ever Segway polo match in the arena on Sunday 6 July. A team from Cornwall Segway will face a team of professional polo players.

Steve Farnell from Cornwall Segway said: “The players are going to have all of the polo skills, and we’re going to have the Segway skills, so it should make for quite an even competition. Segway polo is in its infancy but growing rapidly because Segways are so well suited to the game. You can turn 360 degrees on the spot and corner at speed.

“We’re also going to be running Segway taster sessions on the beach. People will be able to have some basic training and try their hand at a few obstacles.”

Organisers are committed to keeping Polo on the Beach free to attend and have been working with Crowdfunder to raise funds to help pay for this unique community event. Donors can pledge their support in return for limited edition polo goodies and experiences at: crowdfunder.co.uk/polo-on-the-beach.

The full event timetable can be viewed online at www.watergatebay.co.uk/polo. You can also keep up to date with what’s going on with facebook.com/poloonthebeach and Twitter @PoloOnTheBeach.

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Notes to editors
Since 2007, the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach event has been attracting thousands of spectators to Watergate Bay in north Cornwall with spectacular exhibition matches of beach polo.

Some of England’s top international players take to the sands of the famous surfing beach to compete for the Watergate Bay Trophy. A Veuve Clicquot Champagne Airstream bar and barbecue are available on the beach as well as music and entertainment.

Sponsors

Veuve Clicquot
The Veuve Clicquot Maison was established in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot, and began to thrive when Widow Madame Clicquot took the helm in 1805. Today its eponymous Yellow Label continues to be one of the world’s most beloved champagnes. The Veuve Clicquot Season is an essential guide to the most exclusive social events and parties of the year across the country.

Veuve Clicquot Airstream
A Veuve Clicquot Airstream will be popping up at Watergate Bay to serve chilled Champagne on the sand to spectators alongside DJs, horse stunt shows and the event’s latest addition, Segway polo. As part of Veuve Clicquot’s first UK Airstream tour, the touring ‘party on wheels’ combines art, design and music and will be present at key Season events including Goodwood Festival of Speed, Festival No. 6, and the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Polo.

Joules
Capturing the true essence of British style, Joules has become renowned for clothing of the highest quality, splashed with bright colour and adorned with bespoke detail. Inspired by a true country heritage, they have struck a chord with men, women and children who love the outdoors and live life to the fullest.

First Great Western
First Great Western provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services, carrying more than 97 million passengers every year across the Greater Western rail franchise area, which includes South Wales, the  West Country, the Cotswolds, and large parts of Southern England.

Cornwall Farmers and Patch & Acre
An agricultural cooperative with 12 country stores across Cornwall and Devon, selling everything for horse and rider, country clothing and footwear, pet food, treats and bedding, farm supplies and garden essentials.

Carrs Land Rover, Truro
Carrs Land Rover for everything Land Rover in Cornwall.

HSBC
HSBC Bank plc is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world. HSBC’s international network comprises around 7,500 offices in over 80 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.

FEAST
FEAST is a programme to make great art happen across Cornwall. FEAST harnesses the talents and energy of Cornwall’s artists and communities, generating new opportunities for everyone to enjoy the arts. The focus is on bringing the people together to share experiences as audiences or participants, and on animating local celebrations and cultural life. Investment for FEAST comes from Arts Council England and Cornwall Council. The programme is managed by Cornwall Arts Centre Trust.

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