Five reasons to go to the Festival of Speed
If you think the Goodwood Festival of Speed is all about fast cars and motorsport... well you'd probably be right. But it's not only for speed freaks and motorheads - there's plenty for everyone to enjoy.
The Royal Air Force Acrobatic Team – or the Red Arrows – is one of the most famous aerobatic display teams in the world. And their iconic displays of precision flying are a sight to behold as they tear through the skies leaving behind their trails of red, white and blue.
Yes, it’s about the speed, but it’s also as much about their precision and agility in the skies.
Formed in the 1960s, the Red Arrows team is made up of 11 pilots although usually their aerial displays feature the trademark diamond of nine jets.
This year, Britain’s flying aces will use Bournemouth Airport as their base and will entertain Goodwood FOS goers with their aerial displays on Thurs 23, Fri 24 and Sun 26 June. Watch this space for the exact timings.
Who doesn’t get a bit starstruck when they glimpse a famous face? The Festival of Speed is a magnet to the rich and famous – and we happen to know the best places to position yourself for the best views.
While the guest list of celebs attending this year’s event is a closely guarded secret, we do know that A-listers have been regulars at the festival over the years. Last year, Tom Cruise was there, and Chris Evans is a well-known fan of the event as is Jodie Kidd.
When it comes to drivers it’s difficult to know where to start – drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Räikkönen, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill and Alain Prost have all graced the Festival of Speed.
The best place to spot a celebrity is outside the Drivers’ Club – where if you’re brave enough to ask, there is also an autograph area here.
Fancy getting into the driver’s seat? For the first time, visitors to Goodwood Festival of Speed have the opportunity to drive the challenging off-road course in an original Series 2 Land Rover. A professional driving instructor will be on hand to guide you – so no need to worry abut getting stuck in a ditch. .
Those who are brave enough can test their balance and skill on a 650NM all-electric trail bike. This low-speed will get your adrenalin pumping and test you nerves and coordination on the technical trials course.
Both 10-minute experiences are free all day, on a first come, first served basis.
Electric cars are the future, and you’ll find out everything you need to know about sustainable motoring down Electric Avenue.
The eco element was introduced to the Festival of Speed in 2021, but this year it’s bigger and better than ever with 30 EVs (that’s electric vehicle, to me and you) on display from some of the world’s most iconic automotive brands including BMW, Fisker, Ford, Kia, Mercedes and Porsche.
Electric Avenue aims to make electric mobility accessible to everyone. Visitors will be able to explore and compare different makes and models and learn more about the benefits associated with switching to electric.
The iconic Hillclimb is one of the most famous parts of the day at Goodwood Festival of Speed, where vehicles of every variety – road cars and race cars, plus biks, old and new – hurtle up the Hill.
The track is 1866 metres long and climbs 92.7 metres, and every year hundreds of cars take the Hill. For many, that brief blast up the hill is more than a demonstration: it’s a chance to compete – and the best fight it out in Shootout Sunday. Previous winners include the French racing driver Romain Dumas, British driver Rob Bell and French rally driver Sébastien Loeb.
Noted by the Indy 500 and Formula 1 legend Juan Pablo Montoya for being the narrowest, bumpiest and least grippy course he’s ever driven – but also loved – this is a highlight that’s not to be missed.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is on from Thurs 23 to Sun 26 June at the Goodwood Estate in Chichester, Sussex. Tickets start from £47 and are now limited for the Festival of Speed. Tickets and packages can be purchased at goodwood.com/FOS or by calling the Goodwood Ticket Office on +44 (0)1243 755055.