Sun shining, a stunning setting and the full return of Sandpolo at Sandbanks - what more could you ask for?

Spectactors flocked to the beautiful beach on Friday to enjoy the one-of-a-kind event at Sandbanks beach in Poole.

From beach polo championships to music in the evening, delicious food and drink, crowds made the most of the stunning sunshine.

Bournemouth Echo: Photo by James Bridle PhotographyPhoto by James Bridle Photography

The British Beach Polo Championships, otherwise known as Sandpolo, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

The two-day event today, which attracts 8,000 people, is still based on the original principle of being Polo driven, with a broad range of tickets from hospitality and VIP to general admission.

The entertainment off the pitch is vital to its success, with glamorous parties on both nights enjoyed by players and supporters alike.

Bournemouth Echo: Photo by Sam SheldonPhoto by Sam Sheldon

This year, Friday night saw ‘Boogie on the Beach’, a Soul, Motown and Disco event featuring legendary act The Real Thing, whilst Saturday’s closing party, named Encore, features the 14-piece Ibiza Classics Orchestra alongside Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B OBE and an array of DJs.

Bournemouth Echo: Photo by James Bridle PhotographyPhoto by James Bridle Photography

You can still grab some last-minute tickets to Sunday's Sandfest event where Clean Bandit will be headlining.

Other acts included in the line-up include Jax Jones, Shy FX, Tom Zanetti, Wes Nelson and singer songwriter Karen Harding.

You can purchase tickets here https://www.sandfest.co.uk/tickets/