Goodwood racecourse is a magnificent racecourse on the Sussex Downs in South East England said to be the most beautiful racecourse in the world with an exceptionally challenging turf track for flat racing. It is located just six kilometres from Chichester which is itself an iconic English town steeped in history and culture. The Goodwood Racecourse was established by the third Duke of Richmond on his 12,000 acre estate Richmond Park in 1802 with the elegant stately home Goodwood House still the family home of the current Earl of March who is the heir apparent of the 10th Duke of Richmond. The estate today hosts a fabulous variety of sports and leisure activities including world class motor sport racing, Golf, Health Club, Horse racing, an aerodrome for light aircraft and a spectacular private members club.
Goodwood racecourse has a racing season from May to October with around 18 race days on its calendar. The May Festival is a very popular event lasting three days and Glorious Goodwood held during July and August is a very special series of race days with at least 100,000 people visiting the racecourse to enjoy the great races and the quintessential English atmosphere in warm sunshine. The Panama hat is traditionally worn by the men and ladies are seen with elegant hats giving the event a great deal of style and charm. The racecourse has several enclosures with the Richmond Enclosure offering the most luxurious hospitality facilities and the Lennox and Gordon enclosures less formal.
Two of the prestigious Group One British Flat races are held at Goodwood with the QIPCO Sussex Stakes held on the second day of the July Glorious Goodwood event. The list of exciting fixtures is quite spectacular and is tailored to the tastes of every horseracing fan including a stylish Ladies Day and a sensational series of Three Friday Nights held in June where racing is combined with a music concert on each of the three Friday evenings. Goodwood is a racecourse that offers a unique experience to visitors which is totally unforgettable and should be experienced at least once to understand the long history of horse racing in British culture.