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Norfolk Polo Club is to host a new weekend festival (June 18-19) at Langley Abbey Estate.

Saturday will feature four matches, an exhibition game and evening entertainment, including live six-piece band, for those in the VIP area until around 1am.

Confirmed for the exhibition match so far are England arena internationals Tim Brown, Mark Holmes and ex Black Bear high-goal player Fabio Lavinia.

Sunday’s entertainment includes another three matches including the grand final and trophy presentation.

Chris Townsend, owner of the Langley Abbey estate, said: “The weekend in June will provide a very new and exciting event with an action packed two days for players and spectators alike.

“We are expecting teams from around the country to come to Norfolk and compete for the title event.

“The exhibition match will feature some major names from the world of polo and this will give people the chance to see the speed and agility demanded at that level of the game.”

The club came into existence in 2010 and is growing in numbers following interest from people in the local area.

The festival will be sponsored by Coutts & Co and the Eastern Daily Press.

Mark Noble, senior private banker at the Norwich branch of Coutts & Co, said: “Polo is regarded as the sport of kings and is always well attended by many of our clients from landowners to entrepreneurs.

“We looks forward to seeing some familiar faces at this year’s festival at the historic Langley Abbey Estate.”

Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, start from £25 per car per day and there are no dress restrictions.

Visit http://www.norfolkpolofestival.co.uk/ for more information.