COMMUNITY & LEGACY WORK
Chestertons Polo in the Park works with over 150 local businesses to ensure they benefit from the three day event coming into the area. It also works closely with local schools in helping to educate children about the sport of polo and it’s historical relevance to the area. The extremely popular ‘into schools’ programme is aimed at introducing local children to polo and, where possible, gives children the opportunity to experience horses up close; for some, its a first-time experience.
Chestertons Polo in the Park is committed to improving Hurlingham Park for the long term benefit of the local community and has, to date, spent over £350,000 on improvements including the installation and financing of a bore hole in 2011. Thanks to this bore hole, Hurlingham Park is the only park in the Borough that can be watered regularly throughout the summer months.
In addition to an annual programme of improvements, Chestertons Polo in the Park spearheads a local resident and business initiative to fund further improvements to the park and is a leading benefactor to the fund. The initiative puts the power into the hands of local residents allowing them to become the decision makers on how the funds are allocated. In 2016, Chestertons Polo in the Park funds paid for two new children's play areas (West and East) within Hurlingham Park which will be completed in 2017.
Chestertons Polo in the Park is proud to support SEAPIA as our charity partner SEAPIA is a voluntarily run charity that has been working with local children and their families for 45 years. Situated in Sands End's Pineapple Park they provide a vital play provision for families with a range of needs - from poverty, to over-crowded housing, working parents or those furthering their education. Sands End Adventure Playground is a little oasis in an often forgotten pocket of Fulham.
More than 100 years ago, Hurlingham Park hosted regular weekly fixtures of polo as it was then the Hurlingham Club’s number one polo field and weekend crowds would gather for the summer social scene.
Polo continued to be played in Hurlingham Park right up until 1939, but, with the onset of World War II, the fields were given over to the ‘Dig for Victory’ food production campaign and Hurlingham’s polo days became a distant memory. In 2009, polo returned home to its central London and Hurlingham once again plays host to this very traditional English summer pastime.
Main Public Entrance and Box Office is on Hurlingham Road. Tickets will allow re-admittance to the park throughout the day. There is NO access to the polo via The Hurlingham Club.