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Chesterton Humberts Polo in the Park 2014

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A Weekend of Horses, Shopping, and Afternoon Tea

Today Hurlingham Park is mostly used for football and rugby matches, but less than a century ago, the grounds were famous for their regular fixtures of polo. Then in 1939 along came World War Two, and ruined it all. The lad had to be made way for the 'Dig for Victory' food production campaign.

Ever since, polo was lost to Hurlingham; that is until 2009, when City Events Ltd decided it was time to bring back the equestrian sport back to Fulham. Now in its sixth consecutive year, Chesterton Humberts Polo in the Park will be returning between 6th-8th June for a long weekend of sports, food, and shopping.

Because Polo isn't a widely followed sport, the rules have been simplified to make them easier for newcomers to understand:

Smaller Polo Field - spectators get a better view of the action
meaning the action is never far away from the spectator.

The Dash - a unique event exclusive to Chesterton Humberts, which provides an exhilarating start.

Double Points - bonus points for goals scored outside the forty-five yard ring.

Less Changes: Teams will only change ends at half time to make it quicker and simpler.

Things start off with Chukka Friday, London's Summer Office Party. There will be three matches from 2.45pm, as well as access to a bar, fresh food outlets, a Luxury Shopping Village, and afternoon tea for corporate visitors.

Saturday is Ladies' Day. Three matches from 2.45pm, with champagne, cocktails, and PIMMS in the Bus and Garden. Hot and cold food is served all day at Kerb Gourmet Street Food, and the Luxury Shopping Village will of course be open.

Sunday is the Finals, starting from 2.45pm. You will get to see the trophies awarded, and go for an autograph signing.

If the children aren't interested in the racing, then they can enjoy a host of inflatable toys, table football, a soft play centre, and circus games provided by Club Med Kids. This will be available all three days, but on the 8th, there will also be face painting, balloon sculpting, and a dodgeball competition.

Tickets are between 15-25 for children, 30-50 adult, and 70-130 for families.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 6th-8th June
Phone: 44 (0) 20 7936 5284
Where: Hurlingham Park
Cost: 15-25 for children, 30-50 adult, and 70-130 for families
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