Mummy B readers are the coolest cats. And from 3rd – 5th June, there’ll be no cooler place to be than the beautiful Hurlingham park, which will be transformed into an epic polo spectacle in central London.
Chesterton’s Polo in the Park is the event that for me really kicks off the summer season. Tens of thousands of well-healed souls descend on Parsons Green, SW6 in their summer best to quaff champagne, watch the horses and have a jolly good time.
Last week, I had a rare afternoon to myself so off I trotted to the Mandarin Oriental for afternoon tea to hear all about it. I had the great pleasure to sit next to Rory Heron, Managing Director of Sportgate International who owns this fabulous event, who kindly gave me the full lowdown.
You see, when Rory started the event seven years ago he didn’t have a family and it was an altogether more adult affair. But as soon as his kids arrived, his vision developed slightly and he decided to add a fun family focus to the final day.
Having been to the event with my family for the past couple of years, once when Little D was six weeks old, if you want a relaxed fun day out with all the family, this is the one.
Sharky & George – party planners of our children’s dreams – will be staging their pitch invasion with giant inflatables, party games a-plenty and an abundance of fun for little people. But this year it will have a twist with family Olympics, giving all those competitive parents wanting to be their child’s hero a chance to unleash their inner sack race skills as well as the biggest game of musical statues ever.
But if games aren’t your thing you can head to the Little Hooves Club, also run by Sharky & George in partnership with Eddie Catz, where cool kiddies can get their face painted, enjoy some soft play, or get their creative hats on and enjoy all the arts and crafts on offer. There is something for everyone.
The food available has always been good, but Rory told me they’ve upped their game this year (rumour has it Gordon Ramsey’s team have created a healthy, affordable, kids lunch, so our Little Loves will be well catered for). In fact you’ll need to come to the event hungry as the food on offer will be a culinary treat. No less than King’s Road foodie mecca Kurobuta will be on hand – no doubt serving their sensational dumpling wagu burgers and trendy Bubble Dog delivering delicious hot dogs and champagne (what a combo!!). Talking of champagne, isn’t that what one does at the polo? The event’s sponsors, Lanson Champagne, will keep the good time rolling with bubbles galore.
While all this is going on, I’ll be found watching over my Lovely Littlies, while appreciating the truly skilled and wonderfully high-octane sport of kings. Nothing can really beat watching the speed and agility of these world class ponies and, and their handsome riders, galloping around a London park.
The rules of polo have been tweaked to make it faster paced, more exciting and easier to understand.
Here are the rules so you can wow your friends with your knowledge:
- Smaller Polo Field: meaning the action is never far away from the spectator
- The Lanson Perfect Start: unique to the event and provides an exhilarating start
- 45 Yard Ring: goals scored from outside this line are worth double the points compared to a goal scored from within
- Changing Ends: teams change ends only at half time – making the game quicker and simpler
Family day’s on Sunday 5 June. Can’t wait to see you there!
Love Mummy B