Some of the world’s top horses and jockeys will be seen at 'Glorious Goodwood'. There is the £1million Qatar Sussex Stakes on the Wednesday and a total of four Group races on Friday. Ladies Day on the Thursday is also an excellent day out.
What to expect at the Qatar Goodwood Festival
This is one of the best racing meets in The Season and is known by many as Glorious Goodwood. From the excitement and anticipation of the opening day on Tuesday, to the £1million Qatar Sussex Stakes on the Wednesday, Ladies Day on Thursday, a total of four Group races on Friday and the thrill of the Stewards’ Cup Cavalry Charge on Saturday – it’s not a matter of which day to come, but how many…
The weather is normally glorious (as is the location); hence the meet has become known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’, despite its official name being the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
Top jockeys and owners attend this premier racing meet. High profile celebrities will also be in the crowds at Glorious Goodwood. Darcy Bussell has been spotted, as well as Zara Phillips and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
Event hotspots and hospitality
The Richmond Enclosure is the place to be seen. The Richmond Enclosure has restricted access and features stylish bars including the Champagne Lawn and 1812 Bar, a number of restaurants, private boxes and offers the best vantage points of the Parade Ring and Racecourse.
The premier public enclosure at the Qatar Goodwood Festival is known as the Gordon Enclosure. There is also a bar at the top of the grandstand that offers panoramic views of the course and is open to all. The Lennox Enclosure is the most relaxed area and welcomes picnics.
Did you know
In the late 18th century, Goodwood became the location for the first flag start on a British racecourse, at the behest of Lord George Bentinck, after a particularly shambolic start involving jockey Sam Arnull caused by an elderly deaf starter with a speech impediment.
This is an unusual, complex racecourse with a straight six furlongs, which is uphill for the first furlong and mostly downhill thereafter.
Big Orange has won the Goodwood Cup for two years running and will be going for a third win this year.
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Goodwood is about dressing up but expressing yourself at the same time; it’s smart but never stuffy – take the joy of fashion and run with it. The Richmond Enclosure is more formal than the Gordon and Lennox Enclosure and a summer wedding outfit might lend itself well. A jacket and tie is required for gentlemen. Other areas are more relaxed but you should still be smartly dressed.
Goodwood, Chichester, PO18 0PX
Goodwood is located just outside Chichester, only 60 miles from London and 30 miles from Brighton and Southampton. There is a regular service from London Victoria to Chichester (1 hour 40 minutes) and the 900 bus service operates from Chichester Railway Station to the racecourse each day. View Location.
Where to stay and dine
If you are visiting Lord March’s estate and need somewhere to stay or dine nearby, take a look at our recommendations that include a selection of the best pubs and hotels near Goodwood. From luxury hotel spas to quintessentially English pubs, we have something to suit everyone.