Tuesday 26th – Saturday 30th July
An estimated 300,000 bets are placed with the tote at the Goodwood festival.
A festival lasting five days with a laid-back atmosphere and plenty on offer to whet any appetite, be it sporting, fashion or socialising. ‘Quintessentially British’ is a term that is perhaps used too liberally, particularly in reference to summer sporting events, however with strawberries, champagne, summer dresses and a spectacular setting, Goodwood certainly warrants the phrase! Spectators and socialites gather in their thousands every year to enjoy horse-racing, cutting edge fashion and fine dining cuisine. A chance to mix with those from all over the world, Goodwood is a culmination of varying cultures and interests, resulting in a captivating atmosphere with plenty of first-class horseracing and sportsmanship as well.
Unlike other events of its calibre, Goodwood does not enforce a rigid dress code. Relaxed occasion wear is encouraged, linen suits and Panama hats can often be seen, as well as summer dresses or cocktail dresses for ladies. The Richmond Enclosure requires its guests to wear jackets with the option of a tie, cravat or polo neck sweater; however in most other enclosure smart-causal dress is appropriate.
The culmination of sport and style that the festival is renowned is seductive for both horse racing followers as well as fashion forward individuals. The likes of Billie Piper, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Elizabeth Hurley can often be seen bringing some glamour to the event. Whilst royals such as Zara Tindall, as well as acting royalty, Tom Cruise, have also been seen to grace Goodwood.
What to do
The first day of the festival, Tuesday 28th July, is a chance to look back on past winners as well as marvel at the cups on offer for the winners of the week’s feature races. Other highlights of the week include Ladies Day, taking place on the third day of the festival; riders can be seen to wear the designs of high profile fashion designers. As one would expect at such an event, there are a wide range of hospitality packages on offer including four course meals and afternoon teas. The Richmond Enclosure offers a privileged position with course-facing boxes and private balconies opposite the winning post.
The final day of the festival ends with fantastic celebrations going on into the night after the final day of racing. Military bands, jazz musicians and rock ‘n’ roll groups, all provide live music. In addition there are plenty of opportunities for food and drink as the festival comes to an end.
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