Special Occasions & Parties

Special Occasions including Stag Parties, Hen Parties and Birthday parties

Why not do something different for your stag or hen party? Surprise your friends with an action packed experience and learn to play polo!

You can opt to sit back and enjoy a delicious breakfast while you have an introduction to the sport from your instructor. Then learn about the rules and tactics of this amazing game before learning to hit the ball on the ground with short ‘hand mallets’- there are four shots in polo!

The final stage is to mount the ponies and learn to ride, polo style, before being divided into teams to compete for a winning rosette. To complete this exciting action-packed morning you could enjoy an optional gourmet lunch pitch-side or arrange another surprise such as tarot readings or a back & shoulder massage. Polo Hen party prices start from £80 per person* for the basic 1½ hour lesson.

Sample Polo Party Plan

 Example Timetable
10.00 Welcome, Rules
Meet your instructor learn the rules, & discuss team tactics.
10.25 Polo Swing using Short Sticks
Learn the polo swing without worrying about the horse. Practice the four basic polo strokes under the careful watch of our qualified instructor.
10.50 Polo Riding
Using very quiet, safe horses geared to your riding experience, learn to move, stop and turn your polo pony.
11.15 ‘Stick & Ball’ Practise
Hitting the ball under instruction whilst mounted
11.45 Prizegiving
Certificates to the winning team!
12.00 Carriages or optional lunch

Prices:

Polo Party weekday starting from: £80.00 per person
Polo Party weekend starting from: £95.00 per person

Optional extras:

Mini Chukka add £25.00 per person

Coffee and biscuits on arrival add £2.50 per person

Continental Breakfast add £15.00 per person
Gourmet picnic lunch add £40 per person
Set of 4 printed polo shirts £75.00 for set of 4

We can tailor your day to suit your requirements, please phone the office for more information. The individual gourmet picnics are presented in a specially designed box and hand-prepared that day.


At the time of booking:

The participants will need to disclose their height and weight and let us know if they are a non-rider or have some riding experience.

On the day:

Everyone will be required to sign an agreement of the instructor’s terms & conditions and to disclose any medical problems.

What to bring:

  • Any prescribed medication (e.g. asthma pump)
  • Sturdy footwear with a small heel (trainers are not allowed)
  • Chaps or riding boots
  • Jodhpurs/riding jeans/comfy trousers – single seams on the inside leg are best!
  • Thin, close fitting gloves/riding gloves
  • Suitable outerwear for all eventualities of the English weather
  • Anyone with a Riding Hat with BSI Kitemark (Current Standards are BS EN 1384:1997 and PAS 015:1994) should bring this with them.  Polo helmets can be provided by the club, but not all of these have been tested in accordance with British Standards.

Spectators are welcome (they can help with photography!) and help share the excitement of the day.

“I would like to thank everyone at the Sussex Polo Club for giving my best friend a ‘Hen Do to Remember’.  The tuition was fantastic and the whole day surpassed all expectations.
One of our party members had never even sat on a horse before but this wasn’t a problem because you picked out the perfect horse for her who really looked after her.  The members of our party who were not partaking in the Polo day were made comfortable and you even catered for the children.
I personally have been horse riding for many years and when we were looking for a Polo Club on this occasion the Sussex Polo Club was miles ahead of the rest with their great customer service, superbly trained horses and knowledgeable instructors.  Thank you all again and I wish you every success in future.”
Katie King

I wanted to send you an email firstly to say how fantastic my polo party was today. The five of us came away grinning and wishing we could play every day. Thank you for having us.

Secondly I wanted to tell you how amazing Gonzalo is as an instructor. On the journey up to Crawley Down this morning, a friend asked me why I drive a 2 1/2 hour round trip for a polo lesson when there must be somewhere nearer to my house to play? The answer is Gonzalo. He is the most amazing polo instructor. He makes every lesson fun but educational. He explains everything in such detail that I realise I’m learning the rules of polo through having fun stick and ball lessons and practice chukkas.

My biggest concern about learning to play polo was that I would feel stupid learning to do something I’ve never done before. On arriving for my first lesson I was greeted by a very welcoming Gonzalo and immediately felt at ease. From my first lesson I was hooked! He teaches me by encouraging me to do more every week and if I make a mistake (very often) I don’t feel stupid. Gonzalo explains everything in great detail, why a shot was good or what went wrong. I’m definitely improving my horse riding skills too as balance is so important.
Thanks to my lovely and supportive (and fed up of hearing about polo) husband I have a weekly lesson with Gonzalo I feel like I’m really improving and working towards my goal of being good!! My party guests today all said what a fantastic instructor he is and they now understand why I drive so far for my lesson. I really thought I’d have an introductory lesson and that would be that. Another thing achieved before being 40! The only reason I am now playing every week and having the time of my life is Gonzalo and Sussex Polo. So thank you again for letting me ride at Sussex polo and for letting me have lessons with Gonzalo.

“Wow thanks so much. I can’t tell you what a fun day we all had – my friends havn’t stopped talking about it since! Especially as 95% of them had never been to a polo match before they didn’t quite know what to expect. Thank you for allowing me to present the prizes – you certainly made my hen party memorable. We will certainly be back. But I just wanted you to know how much I appreciated you making my day out so special and fun. Thanks again!”
Sandie Ashby neé Govier

“Thanks again for welcoming us on the lovely grounds of Sussex Polo Club and making Alice’s day just what it needed to be: Relaxed, fun and exciting! We will be back no doubt, if only to stare at Memo!”
Morgan Larrivain

“Thanks again for making Alice’s hen party possible. We had such a fantastic time and I am thrilled that we decided to come to Sussex Polo – what a great place!”
Jemima Lewis

Book a Gourmet Picnic (for groups of 8 and over)

Made the day extra special (and if you are the organiser, make life easy for yourself) and pre-order a gourmet picnic.  These gourmet picnics handmade fresh on the day are so beautifully presented they will leave a lasting impression on everyone. All of the produce is locally sourced from independent producers who guarantee quality and the packing is environmentally responsible.

Prices start from £40 per head, payable in advance.  Contact the office for more details.