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