The Qatar Goodwood Festival begins tomorrow and it is going to be glorious! That’s right, the five-day event is popularly known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’ and is set in the Sussex countryside. It is the sporting and social highlight of the flat-racing season.
A bit of history…
According to the website, Goodwood has played host to the Sport of Kings for over 200 years.
The story began when the Third Duke of Richmond introduced horseracing to Goodwood for the benefit of the officers of the Sussex Militia – of which he was Colonel – rather than any great devotion to the Turf.
The officers held their annual races in nearby Petworth Park, courtesy of the Earl of Egremont, but when the invitation was withdrawn in 1801 due to the Earl’s capricious nature the Duke of Richmond came to the rescue, establishing a course on the Goodwood Estate known as “The Harroway”.
Horseracing was suspended during the Second World War, but Goodwood’s popularity as a horseracing venue began to grow rapidly during the second half of the 20th Century. In 1953, 55,000 spectators were there for the July Meeting’s Tuesday meeting.
Glorious Goodwood style tips…
For the gentlemen
The Stewards’ Cup was first run in 1840, and it was here that Edward VII caused a sartorial stir by sporting a Panama hat and lounge suit instead of traditional top hat and tails.
While a jacket and tie is required for the Richmond Enclosure, dressing for Goodwood should be relaxed and elegant, the kind of outfit that has timeless appeal but a smartness to make sure you fit in wherever you go. A linen suit is classic, especially when topped with a trusty Panama hat. Jeans are not permitted in this enclosure.
Gordon & Lennox Enclosure
More informal than the Richmond Enclosure but no less elegant. Jackets and ties are not compulsory, however, we would encourage racegoers to dress to impress. Bare chests and fancy dress are not allowed in any enclosure. Gentlemen are also discouraged from wearing shorts and sleeveless tops.
For the ladies
A summer wedding outfit might lend itself to Goodwood, an effortless dress that feels fun but chic is the order of the day and vibrant prints will be sure to make you stand out. Don’t forget the millinery! This is just the place to experiment with headwear, from flamboyant headpieces to more elegant pillboxes, racegoers have been donning a hat for seasons – time to join them.
We have a few suggestions:
Dates to remember:
- 28th July 2016: Ladies’ Day
- 29th July 2016: Best Dressed in blue and white, the signature blue and white colours of our sponsor L’Ormarins.