Goodwood Revival weekend has a well renowned reputation and many people know about this prestigious event via word of mouth rather than its marketing collateral. Having thought about visiting for years it wasn’t until I started thinking about what to get Chris for his birthday present this year. I took the plunge and booked tickets for the Sunday 9th September. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Goodwood Revival is the one of the world’s most popular motor race meetings and the only one in the UK that recreates the golden era of motorsports.
Things to consider before you visit Goodwood Revival
- Will you stay overnight or just visit for the day?
- General admission ticket vs splashing out for additional Grandstand tickets. Hospitality package vs hamper vs restaurant reservation vs food stall
- What era will you choose to represent in period dress?
- Be sure to download the Goodwood app so you can take a look and plan your day in advance
Staying overnight for Goodwood Revival
We stayed overnight in Southsea at this lovely little basement flat property, found on AirBnB it was relatively cheap and had a excellent location. With a contemporary decor the spacious double bedroom had a very comfy bed and opened onto a fully equipped kitchen area and bathroom. Get £25 off your first trip when you sign up using my code www.airbnb.co.uk/c/ellenb1123 . This place was ideal for me, we visited Isle of Wight on the Saturday (take a look at how you can visit in one day) then Goodwood on the Sunday – both of which were close to the AirBnB flat.
If you are wanting to stay over for the Goodwood Revival weekend I’d strongly recommend booking somewhere as far in advance as you can. I booked this property in June but when I looked most places had been booked up already. So as soon as the tickets are released you should start looking and book your accommodation.
Ticket options for Goodwood Revival
There are a range of ticket options avaliable for the Goodwood Revival weekend, but to have entry to the event you must buy a general admission ticket before buying any other extension ticket.
The options for general admission tickets range from £184 for the whole weekend, £55 for the Friday and £75 for Saturday and Sunday respectively. General admission tickets get you entry to the motor circuit, over the road area and car park B and the chance to watch all the action track side.
However, if you’d prefer to admire the races from the grandstands you will need to pay an additional cost. You could also look into purchasing a hospitality package. Personally I prefer standing track side not only because it’s friendly on the wallet but it feels more immersive because you are closer to the action. And you can wander around various points of the track to gain a different perspective of the race. In fact at one point a crash happened right in front of our eyes, a heart stopping moment for sure.
We opted not to add on a hamper or restaurant reservation this time and instead opted to soak up the atmosphere by sharing a stone baked pizza close to one of the paddocks.
The Fashion of Goodwood Revival
Goodwood Revival is just as much about the fashion as it is the cars. The period dress adds to the whole atmosphere of the event. Transport yourself back to the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Ladies will you rock a poodle skirt, pencil skirt or rock dungarees and a head scarf? Men it’s time to get smart dusk off those jackets its time for tweed glorious tweed.
Plan before you visit
There is SO much to see and do, it’s not hard to see why people buy a whole weekend ticket! From the action-packed race schedule and the immersive retro high street to the beautiful cars in various paddocks and the aircraft displays. That’s not even including the vintage cinema, the shops or the bars over the road! So planning a few things in advance will ensure you don’t miss out on the key sights.
The Goodwood app is incredible and I’d totally recommend you download it as soon as you buy your tickets. It has a map included which highlights the key attractions, news articles, a timetable of events for each day and a live stream video feature. The day before Chris went through the app and created a timetable of the events we wanted to see enabling push notifications, so we were alerted to the races or parades before they happened.
By using the app, we learnt that the spitfire display was going to happen at 8.30am which we both really wanted to see, so we set our alarms for 6am. We also appreciated the live video stream, it enabled us to watch a few races on the Saturday and get ourselves into the swing of it. Then on the Sunday when we were there we checked back on it to watch clips when we weren’t at the track side.
Experiencing Goodwood Revival
“Working Marketing I love seeing the collateral that people produce. The start of our Goodwood Revival experience arrived in the post two months before the event. I was so excited to receive the tickets and even booklet… I mean just look at how beautiful there are.”
They set the tone for the event and create a excellent first impression. I squealed with delight when I first saw the booklet. It’s been produced to look like an aged document. Inside the tone of voice is remarkable echoing the 1930s-1940s. But enough of the nerding over the Marketing let’s get onto the main event…
Stepping into the main area at Goodwood Revival was a real wow moment. It genuinely took our breath away (cliche but true). As our first time visiting the event we didn’t know what to expect and nothing can prepare you for seeing and experiencing Goodwood Revival first hand.
Confronted by a steam train and actors engaging in conversation whilst dressed in elaborate period costume. It was as if someone had swept you up in the TARDIS and swirled you back in time to the bygone golden era of British Transport. Throughout the day we were in awe of the high attention to detail and exceptional staging that goes into making this event so incredible. We even slipped into old style of speech at times and the only thing that seemed out of place was our mobile phones.
Here are the top 5 highlights from our visit
“Duh! Of course. Now I don’t proclaim to be a expert on cars – how they work, what model they are etc etc. All I know is I appreciate the beauty and hard work that goes into restoring and maintaining them. “
Spend a few hours at Goodwood Revival and I’m sure you’ll agree they just don’t make cars like they used to. Two specific highlights were walking around the paddock and seeing Jaguar E Class (yes please), meeting Watson (my 2015 grey Mini One baker street series) better looking ancestor and admiring the stunning AC Cobra owned by one lucky person in Car Park B.
The period dress
We don’t dress up on a regular basis. So it was really nice to get into our outfits and feel involved in the spirit of Goodwood Revival. I went for a 1940s red sweetheart style dress and Chris looked very dapper in his tweed jacket. We plan to visit again next year and my head is already full of outfit and hair ideas.
Like stepping back in time
Wandering around the event, encountering actors and seeing all the themed detail was just like stepping back in time. Some actors were acting out the part of a bomb disposal team or discussing the tactics of the home guard. All these lovely details and the themed catering venues really made this event special and memorable. The High Street was incredible, you could buy vintage clothing, sweets and even get your hair done ( I might do this next year).
The display – one of the only things that will get me out of bed at 6am in the morning and still put a smile on my face. Watching these iconic planes start up and head into the skies was dazzling and gave me goose bumps. I feel so lucky to have been able to witness it.
Our favourite race was probably the St Mary’s Trophy which included Mini Cooper S, Cortinas and Jaguar Mk2 just to name a few. This race was certainly full of action with a two crashes! We moved around the race track and enjoyed watching the cars from various places and gaining different perspectives. Another great race was the last Sussex Trophy where the winner pulled out a victory at the last moment.
“Chris was in his element and it certainly was a memorable end to his birthday celebrations. We both had a smile on our face all day long and even getting up early didn’t dampen our spirits.”
Although this post isn’t sponsored I’d like to extend a heart felt thank you to the organisers, the actors, the catering companies, the drivers and everyone involved in making this wonderful event happen. I throughly recommend Goodwood Revival to and even if you aren’t a total petrol head you will love it! We can’t wait to go again next year, so much so I’ve already registered for ticket alerts…. roll on 2019 I’m keen for another little time travelling adventure.
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