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Last updated: 10 February, 2024
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

The only historic motorsport celebration in the world entirely in vintage dress, the Revival is a glamorous three-day dip into racing’s glorious past, with exhibitors, drivers and visitors in all manner of costumes, from retro overalls to 1950’s cocktail dresses.

There‘s plenty of racing, with vintage F1 cars and historic sports cars, many driven by some of motorsports biggest names. There are also dozens of exhibitors and stands, selling everything from vintage clothes to motorsport merchandise and locally-produced food and drink.

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At 3pm every day, the ‘Best Dressed’ competition takes place in the main stand, where a panel of experts selects the best-dressed visitor, from a shortlist compiled during the day.

Logistics

Price from: £45
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
Frequency: annually
When: 3rd weekend Sept
Duration: 3 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 7am, so you can avoid the worst of the traffic if you aim to arrive first thing in the morning. Alternatively, there are ‘Afternoon Admission’ tickets for those who only want a half-day, with entrance allowed from 1pm.

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.

The Revival is a hugely popular event and always sells out, so expect it to be crowded. Buying a Grandstand pass guarantees you a seat, and a good view of the racing, but space is limited and they do sell out quickly – so book them in advance.

Tickets are sold directly through the Estate’s website and can be for one day or all three. Book as soon as tickets go on sale, as demand is high. Register with the website for advance notice of when tickets will go on sale.

When to do it

The festival is held over 3 days on the 3rd weekend in September.