The so called "sport of Kings" returns to Dorset this weekend. Sandbanks is once again hosting the British Beach Polo Championships which will see the cream of the polo world fighting to be crowned champions.
A host of celebrities including model, TV presenter and polo fan, Jodie Kidd and actor Debra Stephenson will join the crowds. Organisers say the event looks set to be the best yet and the weather promises not to disappoint.
The Blue Flag beach will be an idyllic setting for the high adrenaline arena polo game. This year the Clogau Wales Polo Team will be playing against England, Scotland and The Barbarians hoping to hold onto their title of reigning champions.
Professional polo player, Jack Kidd says: "The top polo players are really excited about returning to Sandbanks for another year to play some incredibly competitive polo on the beach and in front of a large crowd. The setting is always spectacular; I can't wait!"
The British Beach Polo weekend will finish with a beach party as the sun goes down.
Johnny Wheeler, director of Sandpolo said: "We're delighted to be returning to Sandbanks again. Each year the event gets better and introduces more people to the exciting game of polo. Whether you're dining in the waterfront hospitality marquee, mixing with the VIPs or just soaking up the atmosphere, it's an opportunity for everyone to enjoy a heady mix of sport and parties, whilst seeing the Jurassic English coast at its best. It's simply a great day out. "
Half-term holiday makers on the south coast witnessed a dramatic sea rescue today as a woman was pulled to safety when her car fell into Poole Harbour.
Sam Holder reports.
Poole Inshore lifeboat was launched just after midday today to a report of a vehicle in the water on the North side of the chain ferry slipway at the entrance of Poole Harbour.
The Inshore lifeboat was on scene within 5 minutes and found a small 6 metre angling boat alongside the pier with the casualty, he had been in the vicinity when the incident had happened.
Two lifeboat crew were put across onto the pier to assess the casualty and administer first aid, they then transferred the casualty to a paramedic who arrived on scene.
The Inshore lifeboat than transported the fire brigade, to search for the car that was in the water, the fire brigade used a special device that could look through into the depths of the water to locate the vehicle.
Once the vehicle was located, Jenkins Marine barge was on hand to recover it, the inshore lifeboat crew stood by as a safety cover, once the vehicle had been salvaged and all persons accounted for the Poole inshore lifeboat crew returned the fire brigade colleagues ashore and returned back to station, on the way back they assisted a broken down jet skier at number 24 buoy, they took the casualty under tow back to Baiter slipway and were ready for service just after 14.00hrs.
At Sandbanks where a car driven into the harbour by a lady in her 70's is being recovered. She escaped uninjured. http://t.co/0lEzMdnJBo
Holidaymakers went to the aid of a car driver after her vehicle rolled down a ferry ramp into the sea at Sandbanks. It happened near the chain ferry at Poole in Dorset just after noon.
Eye witnesses say a woman in a silver car rolled down the slipway into the sea just after the ferry had set off across the entrance to Poole Harbour.
Those on the shore threw a life belt to her while boat owners also came to help her.
She was able to free herself from the car and was helped ashore. The car is reported to have sunk.
On average, property prices in seaside towns have grown by 42% in the last 10 years to reach £196,826, according to Halifax.
But the typical price tag on a seaside home is still over £42,000 cheaper than the average house price across Britain, at £239,518.
Craig McKinlay, mortgage director at Halifax, said: "Seaside towns provide a unique lifestyle opportunity and remain popular places for people to live, while also attracting those looking for second homes or holiday properties which can place additional upward pressure on house prices.
Here are the 10 most expensive seaside towns according to Halifax, with the average house price:
- 1. Salcombe, South West, £615,344.
- 2. Sandbanks, South West, £574,089.
- 3. Aldeburgh, East Anglia, £446,576
- 4. Padstow, South West, £381,812.
- 5. Dartmouth, South West, £373,173.
- 6. Wadebridge, South West, £371,670.
- 7. Lymington, South East, £359,802.
- 8. Budleigh Salterton, South West, £356,172.
- 9. Mawes, South West, £329,998.
- 10. Lyme Regis, South West, £326,813
People living in Sandbanks want Poole Borough Council to reconsider the annual summer beach polo event. Local beach hut owners say the polo will cause major disruption on the popular beach. However, the council is keen for the event to go ahead because of its boost to the local economy.
After the recent heatwave, skin experts are heading to Sandbanks beach. The team from Poole and Christchurch's hospitals will be giving sunseekers advice and offering free skin checks.
The British Beach Polo Championships begin at Sandbanks later. Teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will compete for the title of British champions over two days.
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