The Cowdray Estate hosts corporate entertainment, hospitality events and multi leisure activities events on our 16,500 acre Estate, a large proportion of which is forestry and agricultural land.
The Cowdray Estate is near Midhurst, West Sussex close to the borders of Surrey and Hampshire, just one hour from London. The Cowdray Estate offers leisure activities such as fishing and wildlife experiences – including badger watching.
The Cowdray Estate also offers filming locations, venues for your events, wedding reception venues – please contact the Leisure Office at Cowdray Park Golf Club for more information.
The Cowdray Park Polo Club is now one of the largest in Britain with over 700 non-playing members. The main event of the year is the Gold Cup, which is held in July and has become gradually bigger and better each year.
SUSSEX LIFE MAGAZINE
Lady Cowdray is pleased to be writing a column for the county magazine Sussex Life. See below for the current article and click links to previous editions.
There is a real buzz in the air here at Cowdray Park. Suddenly we are in full polo-mode with all the leading players having returned from overseas and a whole range of tournaments in full swing. This brings an energy and liveliness to the area especially as the opening day of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship approaches.
My late father-in-law John Cowdray was incredibly proud that Cowdray Park became the host club for the British Open Polo Championship – a tournament which ranks alongside the Argentine Open and US Open in world polo terms. The famous golden trophy which he endowed in 1956 is the one which every polo player dreams of winning at some time in their career. This year 15 teams will compete for the coveted Gold Cup and the tournament opens on 24th June with some 40 matches in prospect before the Final on 20th July.
The opening day will be tinged with a note of sadness, however, as the teams will be playing for a newly endowed trophy in memory of Mexican player Carlos Gracida who died as a result of a polo accident in Florida on 25th February aged just 53. He was a leading figure in the world of polo and retained the highest handicap in the sport, the magical 10 goals, for 15 years of his lengthy career. His legacy at Cowdray Park, where he won the Gold Cup a record ten times, has never been equalled. We will always remember him as a superb rider, an amazing player who was mesmerising to watch, and a complete gentleman. Members of his family, including his two sons, both polo players, will be joining the many spectators who will want to honour his memory on 24th June.
On 29th June, also as part of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup tournament, the polo club hosts the Midhurst Town Cup, which was presented to John Cowdray in 1953 by the business community of Midhurst to thank him for bringing international recognition to the town through polo. Today, Midhurst not only houses the newly opened offices of the South Downs National Park and its Visitor Centre, but is re-emerging as a thriving market town with a range of wonderful independent boutiques and businesses. A walk along North Street and into the quaintly-named Knockhundred Row, Rumbold’s Hill or historic West Street, reveals an exciting and eclectic range of shops whose innovative owners stock a huge variety of items for the home and garden, fashion, stylish shoes, jewellery and gifts mixed in with coffee shops, wine bars and restaurants. Midhurst really is bucking the trend with only 3% of empty business premises in the town.
Any day now, the huge street banner will be going up across North Street to announce the opening of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup, and we will all be enjoying the annual four week period when Midhurst is the showcase for the international polo scene.