The Goodwood Estate, owned by the Earl of March, is a tranquil and stunning estate set in the Sussex Downs. The impressive 11,500 acres of lush land incorporates a club house, golf courses, horse racing track, an airfield, motorsports tracks and facilities. The purpose of this elegant estate is to provide entertainment in a perfect atmosphere. The history of Goodwood dates back to 1697 when the first Duke of Richmond bought the Jacobean estate for hunting purposes. The racecourse was established by the Third Duke of Richmond in 1802, and is known as the most beautiful racecourse in the world.
Throughout the year, particularly in spring and summer, a number of renowned racing events and motoring conventions happened at Goodwood. The estate is frequented by both the rich and famous in society, but it is a wonderful opportunity for anyone to experience the joy of horseracing or the adrenaline of seeing racing cars zooming round the track.
May Festival 22nd – 24th May
This three day racing event is one of a series of large racing events throughout the year. Although it isn’t as big as Glorious Goodwood, which unfolds across July and August, this event is the perfect opportunity to pick out promising horses and really test the turf. This three day back-to-back racing festival will incorporate four listed races: the Cocked Hat, Height of Fashion, Festival Stakes and Tapster Stakes, with total prize money over the three days exceeding £300k. Entry prices to the enclosures vary but start at £10. Dress code is smart casual.
Three Friday Nights – 6th, 13th and 20th June
Three Friday Nights combines horseracing, music and luxury living in the stunning setting of the Goodwood estate. To celebrate summer, Goodwood have collaborated with some of the UKs leading artists to bring you evening races followed by a Friday night fiesta of music and dancing; there’s no better way to start your weekend. The event series kicks off with multi award-winning and double platinum-selling musicians Chase & Status. This incredible band was the number one seller in Britain during 2011, and has been hailed as the most exciting producers today by Pharrell Williams.
The second event of the series will be held on 13th June and, after an evening of exhilarating races and watching the summer sun go down, the amazing Naughty Boy will take to the stage. Shahid Khan – A.K.A Naughty Boy – has become increasingly successful over the past 5 years, and now has a portfolio of musical partners including Tinie Tempah, Wiley, Professor Green, Rhianna, Emeli Sandé and Sam Smith. His single “La La La” won best song at the 2013 MOBO Awards.
Last but not least, on 20th June Radio One superstar Zane Lowe will be taking to his DJ decks to provide the evening entertainment. This event will comprise of 7 horse races: the first race will be at 5.40 and the last at 9pm. Zane’s sizzling DJ set will provide the chance to dance the night away with friends, and it will certainly be a wonderful finale to another breath-taking racing series.
For a sophisticated day out that has an edge of prestige, Goodwood is perfect. If you’re looking for hotels in Goodwood we offer a charming hotel, complete with a stunning oak beamed restaurant and sumptuous rooms in the converted stables and coach house. There are plenty of enthralling events coming up at the estate, and we’d love to welcome you to our hotel whilst you visit.