Polo in the Park returns to Hurlingham Park in Fulham for another weekend of fast and furious polo. The annual event has become one of London’s hottest tickets in recent years and always does a tremendous job of combining sporting thrills with pitch side festivities. Polo in the Park aims to offer an exciting and accessible introduction to the game of polo with a simplified take on the traditional rules that should be easier for newcomers to follow. The tournament’s unique format features six teams representing cities from across the world including Abu Dhabi, Lagos, Singapore, Sydney and Buenos Aires alongside the London home team. As ever the array of bars and hospitality tents that line up around the perimeter of the action promise to provide just as much entertainment as the horse-bound battling on the pitch, cocktails come courtesy of Mahiki and the Lanson Champagne Garden Bar should provide an appealing setting for early summer festivities.
The RDS is proud to announce the return of the highly anticipated Irish Cycling Show. Now in its fourth incredible year, the show has gone from strength to strength and has seen visitor numbers, as well as exhibitors, increasing year-on-year. This year looks set to be better than ever before. Last year the show was held in Merrion Square Park, at the finish line of the Irish stage of the Giro d’Italia and was incredibly popular with regulars and newcomers alike. The organisers are particularly keen to build on the success of last years show and have been busy preparing exciting events and exhibitors for this year’s event. Exciting freestyle mountain bike stunt team Savage Skills will be performing at the Irish Cycling Show 2015 on both days and promise to deliver some genuinely jaw dropping stunts. Response from the bike industry and the Irish public has been overwhelmingly positive for this unmissable show. The organiser of the Irish Cycling Show, Hugh Bonner said, “The move back to the RDS and into the Main Hall puts us in the centre of commercial and social activity in Ireland and gives us the best opportunity to showcase the very best of cycling equipment and entertainment.”
Ireland’s Fitness party promises to be a long weekend packed to the rafters with the fitness industry’s top presenters delivering world class fitness workshops, lectures and master classes that will be fun, informative and full of energy. If you can do it in a gym it will almost certainly be included in the line up of events. From simple fitness classes to full on master classes, workshops, nutritional lectures, bodybuilding advice, competitions and CrossFit, Ireland’s Fitness Party 2014 really does have something for everyone. The organisers want you to be inspired and driven, they want you to get involved and talk to the fitness experts who are running the party and above all they want you to have fun and enjoy yourself. Their goal is to motivate fitness professionals and enthusiasts alike and to empower you with the necessary tools to enrich your life as well as the lives of others They want you to look good and stay fit and feel great when you visit the largest fitness party in Ireland. For more information about where to find local Dublin hotels, and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.
If you like horses, you won’t want to miss the biggest equestrian event of the year, which is once again taking place at the RDS in Dublin. Featuring the best in national and international equestrian competitions, along with live music, entertainment, art, fashion, shopping, and gourmet food, this is an event that has something for everyone. It promises to be fun for all the family, with a Kids’ Zone to keep children busy with pony rides, inflatables, face painting, magic shows, and Billy Bubbles. The Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show is centred around the show-jumping competitions, with €940,000 up for grabs in prize money across the five days at races such as the Longines International Grand Prix, the Land Rover Puissance, and the Furusiyya FEI Nations’ Cup. It’s an event worth dressing up for, especially on Ladies Day on Thursday August 7th, where prizes will be given out for ‘best dressed lady’, ‘most creative hat’, and ‘most colourful outfit’, while the gentlemen also get a look-in with a prize for the ‘best dressed man’. For more information about where to find local Dublin hotels, and information about how to buy tickets, please see below.
The Head of the River Race was first held in 1926 to give crews something to train for at the end of the winter training period. Raced over 4 ¼ miles from Mortlake to Putney, the race is always held on the 3rd or 4th Saturday in March and attracts crews from around and beyond the British Isles including Germany, Australia, Belgium, France and the USA. The average time for the race is about 16 minutes with the fastest time being 16 minutes 37 seconds which was set in 1987 by the Great Britain National Crew. The race is processional and starts with the previous year’s winning team. The crew with the best time, wins. The race is festive and good-natured and welcomes spectators to head down and cheer on the competitors.