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Last updated: 09 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

The world’s greatest celebration of motorsport and racing, the Festival of Speed takes place annually in the grounds of the Goodwood Estate. Home to its own racetrack, Goodwood hosts supercars and rally vehicles, pitting them against each other on a variety of terrain over the three-day festival.

Alongside the racing, there’s the chance to get up close to the latest F1 cars, and meet some of the drivers, as well as some of the biggest names from the past. There’s plenty of hands-on experiences in the Future Lab and First Glance Paddock, giving both kids and adults the chance to try (virtually) handling everything from a supercar to a classic vintage racer.

Price from: £45
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 8+
Frequency: annually
When: Last weekend June
Duration: 4 days

Getting there & doing it

The country lanes that lead to Goodwood can get very congested on the festival weekend, so leave plenty of time if you’re driving. Car parks open at 6.30am, so you can avoid the worst of the traffic if you aim to arrive first thing in the morning. Alternatively, leave the car at home and take the train to Chichester (around ninety minutes from London Victoria); there are constant free shuttle buses from the station to the Estate.

Tickets are sold directly through the Estate’s website and can be for one day or all four. Book as soon as tickets go on sale, as demand is high. Grandstand passes can be bought at the same time as general admission tickets but these are limited in number, and go extremely quickly.

The Festival of Speed is a hugely popular event and always sells out, so expect it to be crowded. The Thursday and Friday are always quieter than the weekend, but it’s a relative thing – the festival site is busy from the moment it opens on Thursday morning to the close of play on Sunday.

When to do it

The event takes place from Thursday to Sunday on the last weekend of June or first weekend of July.

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