What makes Goodwood Glorious

Famously described by King Edward VII as “a garden party with racing tacked on”, since 1802 Glorious Goodwood has been a highlight of the summer social calendar.

We list of six big reasons as to why Goodwood never fails to be a Glorious week of the year.

The racing

Glorious Goodwood

The unique undulations of Goodwood make it the true test for any racehorse. The course is exhilarating and often provides some of the best finishes of the season. Tactics play a huge part in ensuring success and some of the world’s best jockeys can be seen to best effect. The prize money is also exceptionally high, with the £1million Sussex Stakes attracting big names from around the globe. The race is often known as the ‘duel on the downs’ as it often gives the younger generation of milers the opportunity to take on their elders for the first time.

The weather

Parade Ring Goodwood

Glorious Goodwood takes place towards the end of July, meaning racegoers can enjoy top quality sport in the height of the British summer. Often the track is bathed in sunshine, meaning ground conditions are perfect, and racegoers have the opportunity to let their hair down and relax. The timing of Goodwood makes for the perfect social occasion.

The glamour

Fashion Goodwood

Goodwood is a unique fashion event, and all types of styles are expressed, giving the festival a relaxed and carefree atmosphere. Although Goodwood is more casual than Royal Ascot, the fashion still takes a starring role and the downs is often alive with colour. Goodwood is renowned for its vibrancy and fun, which is encapsulated most on the third day, Ladies Day. The women take centre stage on track, as well as off it, in the Magnolia Cup and the Group 3 Markel Insurance Fillies’ Stakes, won last year by St Leger heroine Simple Verse.


Glorious Goodwood hospitality

Credit: Dine and View

World class hospitality is on offer at Goodwood, meaning you can enjoy the raceday in style. A range of packages are available to suit every budget. The course also has the ‘three furlong picnic park’, where you can reserve a berth and enjoy the action from just meters away.


Goodwood is a fantastic venue because it offers so many experiences outside of racing for people to enjoy. The Goodwood estate offers a wide range of sporting experiences from motorsport, flying, golf, shooting and cricket.

The views

Goodwood is like no other racecourse on the planet. Its unique location, being situated in the South Downs National Park, means it is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque racecourses in the world. Celebrities are never far away from Goodwood, and Darcey Bussell stated: “The views, I have to say always blow me away. There are some amazing racecourses around the world, but without fail you feel like you’re in one of the most special. It’s just a very exciting day.”


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