Attending The Qatar Goodwood Festival
Held every year in the summer at the picturesque Goodwood Racecourse in West Sussex, the Qatar Goodwood Festival is not to be missed if you’re looking for an unforgettable horse racing experience. Also known as “Glorious Goodwood”, the world-renowned five-day festival is one of the undoubted highlights of the British flat racing season; it offers a unique combination of sports and socialising with exceptional racing and outstanding hospitality.
From the style guidelines and different enclosures to the day-by-day events and public transport options, find out everything you need to know about the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
Day-by-Day Race Guide
Day 1 – Goodwood Cup
The Goodwood Cup is one of the oldest and most prestigious horse races in the world. As it’s a Group 1 race, it attracts some of the best equine athletes in the sport. The day is packed with excitement and anticipation as horse racing fans gather to watch the race and place their bets. Besides the racing itself, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy, including live music, delicious food and drink, and shopping at various stalls and vendors.
Day 2 – Qatar Sussex Stakes Day
Qatar Sussex Stakes Day is another exciting day of racing featuring the Group 1 Sussex Stakes, where jockeys compete for a prize fund of £1 million. The Sussex Stakes is the star turn of the festival and attracts some of the best milers in the world. The day is a celebration of speed and skill, and there are always plenty of exciting events both on and off the track.
Day 3 – Qatar Nassau Stakes & Ladies’ Day
The third day is a perfect blend of thrilling action and fashion, style, and sophistication. Though the prestigious Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes takes centre stage, it is also Ladies’ Day. Racegoers can dress up in their finest attire and make the most of socialising, racing, and entertainment. You will get the chance to sample some of the best food and drink on offer at the festival, as well as take part in fun activities and events.
Day 4 – King George’s Day & The Magnolia Cup
King George’s Day is about celebrating the best horses and jockeys in the world. This day features the Group 2 King George Stakes, which is one of the fastest races on the racing calendar. The Magnolia Cup also takes place on that day; it’s a charity race featuring female jockeys dressed in stunning designer outfits. Be ready to celebrate speed, agility, and skill, and expect exciting activities, including live music, food and drink, and shopping.
Day 5- Stewards’ Cup Day
The final day offers amazing races featuring the Stewards’ Cup, one of the most competitive handicap races of the year. It’s a celebration of the best of British racing, with plenty of excitement both on and off the track. You can also enjoy some great music, food and drink and shopping, making it a fitting end to a fantastic week of racing.
The Enclosures: Where to Watch The Racing
Glorious Goodwood has three enclosures to choose from: the Richmond Enclosure, the Gordon Enclosure, and the Lennox Enclosure. Whether you book a corporate hospitality package to entertain clients or you’re looking for a fun day with friends and family at the race, each enclosure comes with its own benefits, offering a unique opportunity to experience Glorious Goodwood in style.
The Richmond Enclosure
The Richmond Enclosure is the most exclusive and prestigious enclosure at Goodwood. It comes with the best views of the racetrack and has a dress code of formal attire, making it the perfect choice for those who want to experience the height of luxury. The enclosure also has a range of bars and restaurants, including the Charlton Hunt Restaurant, which offers a fine dining experience with panoramic views of the racecourse.
The Gordon Enclosure
At the Gordon Enclosure, you’ll find a lively and relaxed atmosphere filled with live music and entertainment. You can enjoy the excitement of the parade ring, standing views from the March Grandstand, and covered seating in the Sussex Stand. The Gordon Enclosure is less formal than the Richmond Enclosure but still has requirements on attire, which is smart-casual. It offers a great view of the racing action and plenty of food and drink options. It’s perfect for those who want to enjoy a day at the races without breaking the bank.
The Lennox Enclosure
Finally, The Lennox Enclosure is a favourite among families thanks to its children’s playground, which is open during the Qatar Goodwood Festival. As such, it’s the most informal enclosure at Goodwood. The enclosure features flat, grassy picnic areas where you can enjoy a close-up view of the racing action. As it has no rules on attire, guests can wear whatever they feel comfortable in. The Lennox Enclosure is the best option for those looking for a fun and relaxed day out with family and friends.
The Dress Code
Regardless of which enclosure you are in, it is worth noting that dressing appropriately shows respect for the tradition and elegance of the event. By adhering to the style guidelines, you can fully immerse yourself in the refined atmosphere of Glorious Goodwood and have the most amazing experience at the races.
The Richmond Enclosure
Attending Glorious Goodwood requires careful consideration of the dress code. The Richmond Enclosure has a strict one, which means no shorts, sports attire, or ripped clothing. Men are required to wear a jacket and tie, while women are encouraged to wear formal dresses or suits to create a polished and sophisticated look.
The Other Enclosures
In the other enclosures, there are no formal requirements, but you should consider dressing smartly to fit the general atmosphere of the event, especially if you plan to watch the races from exclusive areas. Many people opt for smart-casual attire, such as tailored trousers and blazers to showcase a stylish look. You should also wear comfortable shoes, as you will probably spend the day standing or walking around.
Getting There: Public Transport and Parking
Getting to Glorious Goodwood is relatively easy as the event is well-connected by public transport, with regular trains from London Victoria and other major cities. Chichester station is the nearest one, and a complimentary shuttle bus service runs between the station and the racecourse throughout the day.
If you’re driving, there’s plenty of parking available, although it can get busy during peak times, and spaces may fill up quickly. We recommend arriving early to avoid any delays.
Overall, whether you choose to travel by public transport or drive to Glorious Goodwood, there are plenty of options available to make your journey as smooth and stress-free as possible. Just remember to plan ahead, arrive early, and be prepared for any potential delays or crowds.
With Trophy Events’ corporate hospitality packages, you’ll experience all the excitement and luxury this world-class event has to offer. Don’t miss out on the exciting opportunity to impress your clients or reward your team at Glorious Goodwood. Contact us today to book your package and make a lasting impression on your guests!