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Racegoers Are Invited To Get Into The ‘50s Swing

Goodwood Racecourse to Host 1950’s Themed Bank Holiday Weekend

Racegoers are invited to get into the ‘50s swing as Goodwood Racecourse opens the gates for its popular August Bank Holiday fixture over the weekend of Friday 28th to Sunday 30th August 2015. Exciting racing on the South Downs provides a focal point to the entertainment whilst guests soak up a 1950s-themed family atmosphere around the venue.


The meeting kicks off on Friday evening with six quality races set to the backdrop of the rolling South Downs. Then as the sun sets over the horizon, a spectacular display of fireworks set to music will light up the night sky. Starlight Design, the company that designed and supplied the fireworks for Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, will put on a show in front of the stands which is simply not to be missed.

On Saturday and Sunday the racing is held in the afternoon sunshine with the Group 2 Celebration Mile on Saturday attracting some of the best horses and biggest names from the sport. This race is one of the most significant held at the Racecourse outside of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

Adding to the excitement on track, a helter skelter, merry-go-round and the oldest travelling big wheel in the UK provide vintage fun for all as bathing beauties parade and a game of ‘invisible cricket’ takes place on the lawn in front of the stands. There will be a dedicated children’s tent, located in the Lennox Enclosure, with lots for the younger audience to enjoy.

The popular Face Painting team return, along with tutors from Circus Malabaristas who will be teaching children circus skills from juggling and plate spinning to balancing and acrobatics. The Maze returns, challenging young adventurers to find their way out of the windbreakers. Punch and Judy shows and magic performed by the legendary Professor John Styles MBE will take place throughout Saturday and Sunday. All activities and entertainment are complimentary and included in the admission price.

Music still plays a big part in the Gordon Enclosure and racegoers can enjoy cool jazz throughout the afternoon, moving to 1950’s rock and roll to end each day with the magnificent Class of ’58.


Traditional fish and chips, ice-cream and a host of delicious foods are available on the mock beachfront, located beside the Parade Ring where the horses limber up pre-race. With a plethora of great bars and eateries across the course, guests will never go hungry as they soak up the unique atmosphere with friends and family.

Tickets for each day of the August Bank Holiday fixture start from £10 with free admission for those aged 17 and under. A complimentary shuttle bus service runs between Goodwood Racecourse and Chichester train station throughout the weekend.

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