Summer Sensations

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The Celtic Manor Resort brought glamorous sporting events to South Wales at the double in a few short weeks this summer.

First up in June was a day of champagne sipping and celebrity spotting for SIMEC Polo at the Manor.

More than 2,500 people enjoyed top-class sporting action, sumptuous hospitality and lavish entertainment watching teams battle it out in two fast-paced polo matches.

The day was hosted by BBC Sport presenter Jason Mohammad and celebrity guests included the newly-knighted Sir Gareth Edwards, TV personality Denise Van Outen and The Only Way Is Essex star Lydia Bright, who launched her new fashion collection with a catwalk show in the hospitality pavilion.


Just three weeks later in early July, the resort welcomed more glamorous celebrities for the third edition of the Celebrity Cup.

The two-day tournament featuring celebrity teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales attracted more crowd and media interest than ever before with the addition of new faces like TV presenters Vernon Kay, Ben Shephard and Zoe Hardman, and, in particular, Real Madrid football superstar Gareth Bale.

Wales, led by TV funny man Rob Brydon, thrilled the home crowds by beating defending champions England and pre-tournament favourites Scotland on the final day to win the trophy for the first time.

As well as Brydon and Bale, the Wales team included rugby legend Gareth Edwards, TV presenter Gethin Jones and actors Philip Glenister and Andrew Howard.

Autographs, selfies and banter were in high demand as the celebrity players entertained the galleries throughout and a spectator village included a kids zone, the Principality Get Into Golf Zone and live music from a main stage. 

Saturday’s glittering gala dinner raised more than £50,000 for the tournament’s official charity, the Caron Keating Foundation.


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Paul Williams
Paul Williams PR Manager

Paul joined the Celtic Manor Resort in 2007 having previously worked in newspaper journalism, most recently as assistant sports editor at the Western Mail in Cardiff. Responsible for all aspects of media liaison at the resort, he wishes he had more time to improve his golf handicap of 14 and polish his excruciating puns on Twitter.

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