Goodwood has it all, from horse racing and vintage cars to music and fashion.
Take your place at the top of the South Downs for Glorious Goodwood and absorb the excitement, elegance and atmosphere at the pinnacle of the flat racing season on one of the most beautiful racecourses in the world.
If high performance cars are more your style, visit the Festival of Speed, the world’s most high profile celebration of the history of motor sport. From 19th century steam cars to the latest Formula 1 vehicles and their fearless drivers, you’ll find some of the greatest and most historic action from every era of motor sport.
Goodwood’s Revival meeting brings a host classic cars from the fifties and sixties together for this unique motor race meeting that captures the essence and excitement of the golden age of motor racing.
A cultural celebration of ‘British Cool’ is held at Vintage at Goodwood, is the high point in the annual calendar for music and fashion followers everywhere. This is where vintage clothing, collector’s items, bands, DJs and their vinyl from the 40s to the 80s feature alongside the contemporary sounds and fashion looks that were inspired by these remarkably rich cultural decades.
For more information about Goodwood visit: www.goodwood.co.uk
As well as being home to one of the country’s flagship theatres, the Chichester Festival Theatre, the city of Chichester hosts the annual summer festivities which feature a wide range of musical performances, comedy shows, exhibitions, community events and cultural presentations.
150 events over 17 days of fun and excitement are concluded with a fabulous fireworks display and the promise of even more to celebrate in every following year.
Since the first Glyndebourne festival took place in 1934, opera lovers have been flocking to this world-renowned auditorium to watch some of the most exciting operatic productions ever staged in the UK.
Every festival season features rich and varied programmes of acclaimed musical productions, pre-performance talks and study events all set amidst the beautiful setting of Glyndebourne and its lakes and views over the Sussex Downs.
Cowes Week is the iconic fixture of the British sporting summer and the world’s sailing calendar. With over 1000 boats competing in around 40 races every day, it is one of the UK’s longest running and most successful sporting events and the largest sailing regattas in the world.
The event is traditionally held after Glorious Goodwood and before the first day of the grouse shooting season - the Glorious Twelfth. Whether you make the trip to the Isle of Wight or observe the racing from any one of a number of superb vantage points along the mainland coastline, the drama on the south coast seas is not to be missed!
For more leisurely sailing pursuits, the south coast boasts a number of yacht clubs. Bosham Sailing Club in particular offers superb facilities for sailing enthusiasts and many events are held throughout the year.
At the club, the staff work together to provide opportunities for members of all ages to enjoy the sea, develop their skills in sailing and racing, participate in social events and to create and maintain friendships in a pleasant environment. It is set in the beautiful village of Bosham and is surrounded by stunning views across the water towards the Downs.
There are numerous golf courses in the area, including two at Hunston near Chichester (www.chichestergolf.com), an open pay and play course at Goodwood (www.goodwood.co.uk) and at Bognor Regis (www.bognorgolfclub.co.uk).
These and other clubs across the region welcome visitors who delight in the exquisit greens and breathtaking landscapes that stretch for miles over the South Downs and beyond.
Cowdray Park has a long, illustrious history and is recognised across the world as the home of British polo. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within Viscount Cowdray’s 16,500 acre estate in West Sussex, polo has been played here for over a century.
The earliest recorded tournaments took place in 1910 and today teams from across the world draw vast crowds, including HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of York who enjoy an extensive competitive diary, including the prestigious Gold Cup - the highlight of the Cowdray polo season.
Every year, the magical, medieval Arundel Castle plays host to a stunning programme of midsummer entertainment that is one of the highlights of the Sussex summer arts scene.
The Arundel Festival centres on the town and the castle which serves as the venue for many of the week long spectaculars. The programme comprises a full schedule of outstanding events that invariably include theatrical performances, a candlelit opera, comic Elizabethan capers, rock and pop music, songs from the best loved shows and classical music renditions.
Information about tickets and the event from past and future festivals can be found on the event website.
A hugely popular annual event, the South of England Show is organised by the South of England Agricultural Society and comprises a vast programme of entertainment, displays, livestock shows, food and farming attractions, world class showjumping and equestrian events, arts and crafts and shopping bargains.
Billed as ‘The Greatest Family Day Out in the South East’, the event has plenty to keep the whole family entertained, including animal handling, educational displays and games and rides for children.
So, to see the best of British livestock, showjumping, food and even breathtaking motorcycle display stunts in one incredible location, visit the website to plan your visit for the coming season of activities!
Think of Hickstead and you’ll think of showjumping. For almost 50 years, Hickstead has become the indisputable home of British showjumping, playing host to the British Grand Prix and the only Nations Cup competition in the British Isles.
The All England Jumping Course is also renowned for its polo, showing, dressage, driving and eventing calendar with plenty of facilities to help make a visit to Hickstead an unforgettable experience.
Set in the heart of Sussex, between Gatwick Airport and Brighton, the Summer Season at Hickstead runs from June until August and includes the British Jumping Derby Meeting, the Longines Royal International Horse Show and The Hurstpierpoint Collect National Schools and Pony Club Championships. Dressage is held throughout the summer and the All England Polo Club runs throughout the winter.