Feast of racing at Goodwood

Following a hugely successful Qatar Goodwood Festival, Goodwood Racecourse is preparing for its most fun-packed fixture yet- the August Bank Holiday Weekend on Friday 24 to Sunday 26 August.

The long weekend at the racecourse  will feature top quality horse racing, Friday fireworks and a host of nostalgic activities for the whole family.

The fixture begins on the Friday evening, with six quality races accompanied by live music from a saxophone quartet, a string quartet and a Rock ‘n’ Roll band, as well as plentiful activities for children, including a traditional fairground and coconut shy.

As racing concludes and the sun goes down, fire performers and stilt walkers will make their way around the grandstands, as a band of Batala drummers set a hypnotic beat.

Expect spectacular fireworks at Goodwood
Photo: Matt Stills

Friday night finishes with a crescendo, as a dramatic firework display set to music – produced by the Starlight display team of international renown – will take guests’ breath away once again.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday, donkey rides and various traditional attractions such as a helter-skelter, carousel and big wheel, will keep children entertained. Younger ones can visit the Lennox Activity Tent, with circus tutors teaching tricks and skills, regular Punch and Judy shows and face painting.

The popular Goodwood Actors Guild will return, playing games of ‘invisible cricket’ and entertaining guests with a pantomime horse. A replica beach front on the East Parade Lawn, complete with sun loungers, ice cream, fish and chips and jazz bands, will be the perfect place to relax away from the action.

There will be top class racing too,  with the Group 2 Ladbrokes Celebration Mile as one of four Group races at the meeting. History could be created, as the ever-popular Frankie Dettori is just one victory away from riding his 200th winner at Goodwood. Should the inimitable Italian reach the milestone, he would become only the second jockey to have done so since Goodwood first staged racing in 1802.

On Sunday, Goodwood also hosts a round of The Silk Series, a race series specifically for female jockeys, which showcases their talents in the saddle and aims to inspire the next generation of female riders. With four rounds remaining of the series, which is run in aid of Cancer Research UK, Megan Nicholls currently leads the standings.

Tickets to the August Bank Holiday Weekend start from just £12 per day, with under 18s going free. All of the additional entertainment and activities are free on entry. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit goodwood.com

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