The sport of polo dates back to 600 BC, making it one of the oldest team sports ever played. The first recorded polo tournament was played when the Turkomans won against the Persians in a public match. It was the Persians and the Mogul conquerors of India who first spread the game of Polo across the Eastern world. From there the sport has grown from strength to strength. The first Polo Club was fomed in Calcutta and set up by the British tea planters in India. Recognised as a quintessentially British sport, the first official polo match was played in England and organised by Captain Edward Hartopp of the British Cavalry 10th Hussars. Today polo is played in more than 77 countries and by over 50 million people each year. It has been said that polo is the fastest growing spectator sport in the wold.
The Chester Polo Club was formed in 2006. Each season, two tournaments are played at the home of Chester Polo Club; Chester Racecourse and the Chester Polo Club take on three teams in a bid to win the tournament title.
The seasonal flagship opener is the The LDF International Polo Tournament.
Played over two days on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 June, the two day six goal tournament offers a prize fund of £10,000.
The lively atmosphere, thrilling action and the passion of play make for the perfect opportunity to gather family and friends to enjoy the buzz of a matchday here at Chester Polo Club.
On the second day of each event, there are lots of free fun activities on offer for youngsters including:
- Face Painting
- Pony Rides
- Garden Games
Pack up a picnic and join us!
The second tournament of the year is the Boodles Roodee Challenge Cup, taking place over two days on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 September. As much excitement is promised and the format follows that of the June event.
Remember, its free to attend the Friday of a tournament and Adult tickets are priced at just £8 on a Finals Day (the Saturday). Tickets can be bought in advance online or on the gate.
For visitors looking for an extra special polo experience, Chester’s luxurious hospitality marquee offers just the thing. Guests are invited to a brief introduction to the game of polo followed by delicious lunch delivered by Horseradish. After dining, guests are invited to take a seat on the picket fenced terrace, offering a front row seat to the action. The exhilarating sport is played in front of the historic Grosvenor Bridge, offering a dramatic backdrop to your afternoon.
Between chukkas, guests will be invited to tread the divots on the field. It is tradition at Chester for there to be a hidden silver cork on the pitch, that a guest must find before the next chukka can commence, the lucky individual to find the cork will be congratulated with a prize.
Badges for the hospitality tent start from £67 +VAT per person.