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).
Share in the celebrations as we say farewell to our season in true style at this traditional, rural-themed, end-of-year fixture. The Season Finale provides one final chance to experience racing at Goodwood in all its glory before the winter break.
Sample real ales & craft beer, indulge the taste buds with a traditional hog roast and warm yourself by the roaring fire pits whilst enjoying the on-track action. Gates open 11.30am.
Where to be for the best views
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.
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.
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!
How to find us
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!