Goodwood Festival of Speed from 8 -11 July 2021
This is indeed one of the hippest vintage racing events in the world! All participants take it quite seriously, so to relive the glamour of the past (girls and engines, that is) everybody goes through great lengths to make it an event to remember. The action on the tarmac is also super exciting, so check the vid above to get a flavour of what it’s like to race vintage cars – and by God, is the competition fierce! (goodwood.com)
Hidden in the stunning countryside of West Sussex, Goodwood house and estate are set across 12,000 acres and is considered one of England’s greatest sporting estates. The Duke of Richmond hosts the spectacular and historic events this estate has become famous for and they really are a must-note on any social calendar. The well-established estate has developed over decades to provide the perfect backdrop for thrilling sporting events, whilst also being able to offer a whole host of additional hospitality year-round!
Goodwood’s Famous Races
Festival of Speed – The Festival of Speed is considered by Goodwood to be ‘The world’s largest automotive garden party’, that alone is enough to sell it to us! having celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018, this is a well-loved event and draws in crowds of around 200,000 people each year, it is an event not to miss. It has been designed to be a total celebration of motorsport, allowing guests to get up close to both cars and bikes as they zoom up a hill climb track. On top of this, guests have the chance to meet some of the most famous faces in racing today from across F1 and MotoGP, what more could you ask for? However, the Festival of Speed is not just for petrol heads and car fanatics, it really is great for the whole family. As an added benefit, kids under 12 go free! With some top-class hospitality, Goodwood Estate really do know how to host an event!
Goodwood Revival – Take a step back in time and explore the historic race meeting that is Goodwood Revival! This event is completely staged in a period theme and recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. The current Duke of Richmond opened this event in 1998, and it is the only historic race meeting to be hosted in a period theme. With the aim of recreating both the fashions and culture of the post-war years, this unique event is not just about historic race cars. Although not compulsory, we love the element of dress up Goodwood Revival allows its guests to take part in. Women could choose to go as a 40s housewife, 50s rock chick, or 60s Carnaby Street Fashionista! While men could choose 40s RAF Air Crew, 50s Teddy Boy, or 60s Mod Men Fashion. This element of the event really makes for a unique and spectacular affair. See you there!
Experiences at Goodwood
Whether you want to hit the racetrack, golf course, restaurant, or even the skies, Goodwood have a huge choice of experiences to book for you and your loved ones. Get an afternoon tea booked in at their famous restaurant for your special event or treat the golfer in your life to a special birthday round. Here are just some of the spectacular experiences you can book:
- Flying lessons
- Golfing with a pro
- Spa Packages
- Clay Shooting
- Dining at Farmer, Butcher, Chef – Goodwood’s flagship restaurant
The History of Goodwood: England’s Greatest Sporting Estate
As expected, Goodwood is rich in history, with the first Duke of Richmond buying the house in 1689, starting as a gentlemen’s residence. Over the years each Duke ,who took residency, saw to expand this vast estate. By the end of World War 2 the wartime Westhampnett Airfield was modified to become the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit which was then known to be Britain’s most prestigious circuit for an astounding eighteen years from 1948-1966.
By the 50s the 10th Duke of Richmond, as chairman of the Goodwood Group of Companies, saw the Goodwood Estate go from strength to strength. Overseeing the development of the racecourse and hosting the renowned international dressage championships for an incredible 21 years. Throughout the post-war years, Goodwood was slowly earning its well-deserved title as ‘England’s Greatest Sporting Estate’.
Taking us up to the modern day, the current Duke of Richmond strives to keep the Goodwood Estate a special place to be throughout the year, whilst bringing it into the 21st century with digital events and livestreams, the dedication is clear to see. Goodwood really is one of the best places to visit for all round thrills and experiences. The sporting events and hospitality are second to none and keep guests coming back year on year. All there is left for us to say is, get yourself down to Goodwood!
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