What's On

Sat 04 May 2019

Opening Saturday

Spring into the start of the Goodwood Horse racing season with our Opening Saturday fixture. Celebrate the opening day of the ‘sport of kings’ with an intoxicating mix of high quality racing at the most beautiful racecourse in the world.

Thu 23 May 2019

May Festival Thursday

Featured Event

Day 1 of the 3 day May Festival

Fri 24 May 2019

May Festival Friday

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Day 2 of the 3 day May Festival

Sat 25 May 2019

May Festival Saturday

Featured Event

Day 3 of the 3 day May Festival

Fri 07 Jun 2019

Three Friday Nights

Featured Event

Three Friday Nights presents a unique combination of racing, music and dancing to create a truly unforgettable experience.

Sun 09 Jun 2019

Family Race Day

For a great family day out, as well as an action-packed afternoon of horse racing this fixture features hands-on workshops, farrier demonstrations, a chance to walk the course, trips to the race start as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the racecourse.

A unique treat for children and an opportunity for the whole family to experience the world of horse racing at Goodwood.

Gates open at 11:30am.

Fri 14 Jun 2019

Three Friday Nights

Featured Event

Three Friday Nights presents a unique combination of racing, music and dancing to create a truly unforgettable experience.

Fri 21 Jun 2019

Three Friday Nights

Featured Event

Three Friday Nights presents a unique combination of racing, music and dancing to create a truly unforgettable experience.

Tue 30 Jul 2019

Qatar Goodwood Festival Tuesday

Featured Event

A feast of top quality racing attracts the best equine athletes in the world accompanied by the biggest names in the sport. The Tuesday highlight is the Group 1 Qatar Goodwood Cup, won last year for the second time by Stradivarius.

Wed 31 Jul 2019

Qatar Goodwood Festival Wednesday

Featured Event

The Qatar Sussex Stakes, on the Wednesday, is one of the highlights of the flat racing season, with prize money of £1million attracting a world-class field.

This mile-long Group 1 race has previously been won by the peerless Frankel, the French sensation Solow and in 2018, by Goodwood stalwart, Lightning Spear. We wait with bated breath to see what 2019's race has in store.

Thu 01 Aug 2019

Qatar Goodwood Festival Thursday

Featured Event

Ladies’ Day is the most glamorous day of the meeting and is truly the place to see and be seen. There’s plenty of action both on and off the track with three group races, including the Group 1 Nassau Stakes, and the unique ladies’ celebrity race, The Magnolia Cup, taking place.

Fri 02 Aug 2019

Qatar Goodwood Festival Friday

Featured Event

One of the most enthralling day’s racing in the entire calendar, the Friday features a total of four Group races.

  • The Qatar King George Stakes (Group 2)
  • Glorious Stakes (Group 3)
  • Oak Tree Stakes (Group 3)
  • Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3)
Sat 03 Aug 2019

Qatar Goodwood Festival Saturday

Featured Event

The final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival hosts one of the most exhilarating races of the week, The Qatar Stewards Cup. Get close to the rail and witness the cavalry charge gallop past.

Fri 23 Aug 2019

August Weekend Friday

Featured Event

The weekend kicks off with racing followed by a spectacular firework display to music, which starts approximately 8.45pm. The traditional fairground will also be open for the little ones to enjoy.

Children go free. Gates open at 3.30pm.

Sat 24 Aug 2019

August Weekend Saturday

Featured Event

Saturday provides one of the season’s undoubted racing highlights, the Group 2 Celebration Mile. In addition to the thrilling racing action they’ll be lots of complimentary entertainment to keep the whole family entertained, including:

Traditional fairground, petting farm, donkey rides, face painters, circus tutors, punch & judy, replica beach, rock ‘n’ roll band.

Children go free. Gates open at 11.30am.

Sun 25 Aug 2019

August Weekend Sunday

Featured Event

Sunday = funday for the final day of our August Bank Holiday fixture; it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy a day at the races with friends and family. Look forward to enjoying:

Seven thrilling races, traditional fairground, petting farm, donkey rides, face painters, circus tutors, punch & judy, replica beach, rock ‘n’ roll band.

Children go free. Gates open at 11.30am.

Tue 03 Sep 2019

Midweek Racing

With races ranging from six furlong sprints to two mile marathons, the racing on 4 September will be varied and competitive. With the warmth of summer still swathing the Racecourse, it’s the perfect chance to enjoy a day’s racing at a more relaxed pace.

Gates open at 11.30am with the first of seven races setting of at 2.00pm (times subject to change).

Wed 25 Sep 2019

Midweek Racing

Late September sees the flora of the South Downs gradually transform from summer into autumn, providing a rich mix of colour – the perfect back drop for the perfect afternoon at the races.

Gates open at 11.30am with the first of seven races setting of at 2.00pm (times subject to change).

Sun 13 Oct 2019

Season Finale

Season Finale: Harvest, Hops & Horse racing fixture has a relaxed, laid back feel with the atmosphere of a country-style meeting. Sample many different real ales direct from the barrel, as well as excellent craft beer including award-winning Goodwood ales. A fiddle-band plays merry tunes against a backdrop of roaring fire pits, roast chestnut stalls, hay bales and traditional hog roasts.

Enclosures

Where to be for the best views

GORDON ENCLOSURE

Guests staying within the Gordon Enclosure will gain Parade Ring access, whilst also being able to enjoy standing viewing from the March Grandstand. Covered seating is available from within the Sussex Stand, where you will be able to admire the racing from near the winning post. There are also many private boxes and bars with a variety of casual dining options and live music. For a glorious fine dining experience visit the Sussex Bistro restaurant. No dress code is required. Please Note: Guests in the Gordon Enclosure will also have access to the Lennox Enclosure.

LENNOX ENCLOSURE

The Lennox Enclosure is the most relaxed at Goodwood. With large areas of flat grass, the enclosure is a popular spot for picnics and this combined with its large childrens playground also make it an ideal place for families. It is important to note however, that if you do wish to bring a picnic, glass bottles and alcohol are forbidden. There is also a host of traditional food and beverage outlets onsite. No dress code is required.

RICHMOND ENCLOSURE

As the premier enclosure at Goodwood, guests staying in this area will receive unrivalled views of the racing and the winners enclosure, and a vantage point directly overlooking the winners post can be enjoyed from the comfort of covered seating in the March Grandstand. The area also features a number of stylish and sophisticated bars including the Champagne Lawn and 1812 Bar, as well as several restaurants and private boxes. Guests will also have access to all facilities within the Gordon and Lennox Enclosures. It is important to note that gentleman staying in this enclosure must wear a jacket and tie with jeans not permitted, whilst it is suggested that ladies wear an effortless summer wedding outfit, and of course - the headgear!

Goodwood Racecourse, Goodwood, Chichester PO18 0PS
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Travel Information

How to find us

Directions

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The train line to Chichester is relatively easy when travelling from London. A regular 1hr 40 minute service runs from London Victoria. A coastal service also runs from Brighton and Portsmouth. Taxis are available from Chichester station and a complimentary shuttle bus service runs daily during the festival.

ROAD DIRECTIONS

Located just outside of Chichester, Goodwood racecourse is ideally located for those travelling from London, Brighton, Southampton with the cities 60 miles, 30 miles and 35 miles away respectively.

When travelling from the North or London, take the A3 South towards Guildford. Approximately 3 miles after passing Guildford, exit at the milford junction, take the A283 towards Petworth, and then the A285 to Chichester for 6 miles.

If travelling from the East or West, simply take the A27 signs to Chichester and take the second exit at the roundabout immediately after the traffic lights. Again, at the next roundabout, take the second exit. About 200 yards over the Goodwood Motor Circuit & Aerodrome entrance straight over the roundabout is Goodwood Racecourse.

Parking

Free car parking at Goodwood is available in Car Park 9 and requires no booking. Paid parking options, which are closer to the enclosure entrances are also available - to pre-book parking please call 01243 216610.

Dress Codes

What to wear

A week at Goodwood provides the perfect opportunity for those looking to experiment with the latest addition to their wardrobe. The festival is also one of the few places where it is possible to go all out with your choice of hat - whether elaborate or elegant. For the ladies, an effortless, yet vibrant summer look is a popular choice, perhaps a summer wedding outfit. For the gents, a smart, yet relaxed look is recommended. Although only compulsory in the Richmond Enclosure, a jacket and tie are encouraged. However, whatever attire you choose, be sure to feel comfortable - after all, Goodwood is one of the most photographed events of the year. It is important to note that while the Lennox Enclosure is the most relaxed, bare chests and fancy dress are not permitted. Gentlemen are also strongly discouraged from wearing shorts and sleeveless tops in the Gordon enclosure, whilst no jeans are allowed in the Richmond Enclosure.

Racecourse Information

The History

Often hailed as the ‘Home of Champions’, Goodwood has certainly seen its fair share of world class thoroughbreds over the years. As the most highly anticipated flat race of the year, the 5 day festival is not only a standout sporting highlight, but also a social one too, and coming during the peak of summer towards the end of July, has hence received the nickname ‘Glorious Goodwood’. A week at the festival treats you to a number of highlights - the £1 million Qatar Sussex Stakes on Wednesday, the glamorous Ladies Day on Thursday, four world class Group races on Friday and the concluding Steward’s cup cavalry charge on Saturday.

Another flagship event at Goodwood is the Magnolia Cup, which takes place on the opening day of the festival. The charity race is contested by 12 fearless ladies, all leading figures in business, and having run for 6 years now, provides a glamorous and enthralling opening to the festival.

Away from the racing, Goodwoods live music, fashion, glorious weather and food and drink all provide an excellent showcase of a quintessentially British atmosphere. It is no wonder a ticket to Qatar Goodwood Festival is one of the most sought after summer attractions - racing enthusiast or not!