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England Vs USA Polo: A Guide to The International Day

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England Vs USA Polo: A Guide to The International Day

An important event in the British summer calendar

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On the 28th July, for its 48th year, The International Day will occupy the brand new venue of the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, newly appointed surroundings of the ‘Home of English Polo’, amongst sumptuous English countryside. 

The high-profile sporting event formerly known as The Cartier International will welcome Royal Patronage and top-flight attendees as The England National Polo Team play for the Westchester Cup against the USA.

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What’s On: A Guide to The International Day

The International Day, polo playing

Tickets & Hospitality

International Day Polo Ticket: From £18 (under 12’s free)

Dressage Grandstand Ticket: From £35 (open or covered available)

Polo and Dressage Combined Ticket: From £40 (open or covered available)

The 85 Club Hospitality

For the ultimate day at the polo, spend your day eating and drinking with Ramsbury, the official spirits sponsor of the England team.  The 85 Club Hospitality package includes a three-course lunch with paired wines at 12:30 before Game 1 commences, and afternoon tea afterwards at 16:30. The package also includes general admission tickets, complimentary parking, entrance to VIP area, a welcoming tipple and unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks during your day. £275pp +VAT per person.

The International Day After Party

Brought to you by Vanilla VIP & RCBPC, the official after party of the International Day kicks off at 19:30 after the trophy giving, taking guests through to the early hours of the morning. Hosted in a beautiful marquee, attendees can expect live music, outdoor seating and a gin bar, as well as 40 VIP tables up for grabs. From £40.

The International Day, ladies polo playing

Tips for The International Day

  • Getting There: Means of travel by road, rail, bus and air are available online. There’s no ringside parking.
  • Highlighting the importance of women’s polo across the globe, don’t miss the Ladies International with England ladies on the schedule at 17:15pm.
  • Brand new for 2018, grab your tickets for Charlotte Dujardin CBE’s Dressage Masterclass, starting at 10am.
  • Head to the Retail and Food Village to fill your stomach (and your handbag) from 10am.
  • All children are allowed at the event and the polo grounds are flat with no surrounding banks or racked areas or grandstands. Guests will be able to view the action from the same level as the match play.

Gate Opening Times: 

Gates open at 9am for Dressage ticket holders only and Polo ticket holders are welcome to enter the grounds from 10am. The Dressage Master Class will take place in the arena from 10am until around 2pm; during the display there will be short breaks. Three o’clock will see the Polo commence with two matches beginning at roughly 3:30pm (Flannels England v USA for The Westchester Cup) and 5:15pm (The Thai Polo Club Ladies International), expected to finish around 7pm when music in the village commences.

The International Day trophy

Where to Stay

The Winning Post, Winkfield, Berkshire: From the outside, The Winning Post looks like a modest cottage, but inside it’s surprisingly spacious and immediately welcoming. Warmed by an open fire and a wood-burning stove, with exposed brick walls, timber beams and wooden furniture, it has plenty of cosy charm. Like The Station House and The Peat Spade Inn, it belongs to The Upham Group’s stable of pubs and inns, all with character and first-rate service. The Winning Post is in prime polo and horse-racing country (hence its eye-catching collection of racing photographs) and has swiftly become a favourite watering hole for people from these worlds. Chief among its attractions is the excellent food, which focuses on honest flavours and clean presentation in distinctive seasonal British dishes. Once you have dined, with ten bedrooms in a modern annex and an excellent breakfast to wake up to, there’s no reason not to stay the night. Doubles from £79. Find more hotels in our Great British & Irish Hotels Guide. 

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Royal County of Berkshire Polo ClubNorth Street, Winkfield, Windsor, SL4 4TH

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