A Weekend of Sunshine at the White Oak UK Polo SeriesPublished on 11 September 2019
A lively two-day polo tournament, sponsored by White Oak UK for a sixth consecutive year, took place across Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September at the home of Chester Polo Club, Chester Racecourse.
1000 people enjoyed four matches with a total of 16 chukkas, including the opportunity to hunt for the silver cork during the half-time divot stomp.
Four teams battled it out to achieve top spot in the tournament and take the coveted trophy, with team Laurent-Perrier scoring top. Title sponsored team White Oak UK took the runner up prize, whilst Arbuthnot Latham and Partner Tech finished third and fourth consecutively.
In addition to the action on the pitch, a new format to the Saturday for families saw ParentFolk+ Family take over the family area. There was an abundance of activities for youngsters to get involved in, from slime workshops, to a pamper bar by Mini Madams, toddler play with Ginger Monkey Play and creative craft workshops with Square Pegs.
Activities were not just for children, ParentFolk’s resident DJ, DJ Goldtash, played live sets throughout the afternoon in the delectable Laurent-Perrier Champagne garden, bringing a festival feel, pitch side. Many took advantage of the pamper touch-ups in “The Silver Bullet” Harvey Nichols’ Marc Jacobs Beauty pop up.
Those brave enough were able to participate in a daring Land Rover Experience, an off-road activation situated close to the pitch and representatives from Inchcape Jaguar Land Rover Chester showcased their very best showroom models throughout the tournament. Spectators were welcomed to take a front row seat to the action in the latest luxury of a Jaguar, Land Rover or a Range Rover.
Delicious street food from indie pop up eateries such The Big Dub of Love, Burger Joe’s, Little Rasco and Forza Pizza Bar kept the crowds full throughout the afternoon and Hyacinth Icecream and Frozen Yog provided a treat for those with a sweet tooth. Black lodge Brewery, The Gin Joint and Two brother’s coffee provided refreshments.
The pop-up shopping village showcased their unique brands, including Rockaway Toys, Smudge Kids, Bear Four Studio, Olive & Oscar, Spencer’s Friends and The Little Outfitters showcasing their latest collections.
Nicola Spindler, Founder of ParentFolk commented:
“We were so pleased to be working in collaboration with Chester Polo Club for the White Oak UK Polo Series this year, it’s a brilliant day out for families and really captures the imagination of the youngsters. We have the perfect balance of live polo and activities between chukkas, we’re already looking forward to next year!”
The pitch-side hospitality marquee proved popular with the corporate crowd, selling out on both days to clients or friends and family with an occasion to celebrate. Chester Race Company’s own catering and events business; Horseradish, delivered outstanding catering within the new-look marquee.
Style was a key focus throughout the tournament and in addition to the delectable menus, hospitality guests were treated to a pop-up within the marquee showcasing the latest collections from luxury menswear brand, Hackett, who partnered with Chester Polo Club for a second consecutive year and supplied the team shirts.
Chester Racecourse’s latest hospitality offering for 2019, Parade, staged an outside pop-up, with guests able to relax on the terrace on plush furniture, whilst enjoying the afternoon’s action on the pitch. All polo guests were provided an information pack and personal invitation to attend Parade.
A generous hospitality crowd raised nearly £3,000 for the White Oak UK nominated charity The Marina Dalglish Appeal.
Carl D’Ammassa, Director at White Oak UK commented: “We do a lot with Chester Race Company and the polo event is phenomenal. A fabulous setting, the hospitality is great and every year the event grows and feels just as fresh.”
The weekend’s action anchored by presenter Vanessa Binnie-Ryle was captured by Sky Sports Racing and a feature is expected to air on the channel showcasing the excitement of the event and the diversity of the offering at Chester Race Company in the coming weeks.
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