Who’s Looking Forward to Glorious Goodwood?

It’s that time of year again- Glorious Goodwood is back! Taking place from 30 July to 3 August, the Qatar Goodwood Festival packs an astonishing amount of sporting and social fun into five days. A long-standing favourite of the Quay Quarters Crew, as well as many of our guests, this legendary flat-racing event is one of the jewels in the crown of the Sussex summer calendar.

Luckily for us, Goodwood takes place only a short drive from Quay Quarters’ luxury holiday cottages and B&B accommodation in West Sussex at one of the most beautiful racecourses in the world. With tickets starting from £25 and a host of packages available, you can easily arrange the perfect day out at Goodwood. So whether you fancy a day at the races, or you’re up for the full week of events, treat yourself to Quay Quarters as a base for the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

Here’s our handy guide to the 2019 festival, broken down day-by-day.

30-31 July – Day 1 & 2

Feel the buzz of the first day’s action as Glorious Goodwood gets underway with the traditional Opening Ceremony. Packed with all the pomp and pageantry you’d expect from a celebrated Goodwood horse racing event, it features a parade of last year’s winning horses and the unveiling of special cups commissioned for 2019’s feature race winners. There’s also the first big race of the week: the £500,000 Group 1 Qatar Goodwood Cup, won last year by Stradivarius. On day 2 the action gets even hotter with the £1,000,000 Qatar Sussex Stakes, as well as two further group races to whet your appetite.

1 August – Laddies Day

Who doesn’t love Ladies Day at Glorious Goodwood? The undisputed highlight of the festival, Ladies Day is celebrated as much for its outrageous outfits as the thrilling eight-race card. Truly, the place to see and be seen, you’ll bee expected to look the part with a stunning dress, a dapper suit, or anything in between! The day’s racing starts with the Magnolia Cup, a ladies’ charity race featuring twelve fearless jockeys. Later on, the £600,00 Qatar Nassau Stakes always draws a huge crowd. Make sure to book your Ladies Day stay at one of Quay Quarters luxury cottages well in advance, as this is always a very popular time for visitors.

2 – 3 August – Day 4 & 5

Friday and Saturday at Glorious Goodwood is as lively as you’d expect, as the meeting builds towards a thrilling climax. Day 4 features the sought-after Best Dressed award with glamorous prizes galore, including an all-expenses paid holiday to South Africa. Goodwood horse racing racing action is provided by four groups with some of the biggest names in the sport. On Day 5, the festival bows out in style with the thunderous six-furlong cavalry charge in the £250,000 Qatar Stewards Cup – a sight to behold!

Pip them to the post and book your Qatar Goodwood Festival stay at Quay Quarters

Goodwood Racecourse is also home to a handful of other summer events, from the flamboyant outfits of Goodwood Revival to the roar of vintage cars and motorbikes at the Festival of Speed. If you are unable to make this year’s Qatar Goodwood Festival , the Quay Quarters crew highly recommends these as a fun alternative.

But if you are lucky enough to be here for Glorious Goodwood, there’s no better place to stay than our luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation, barely a stone’s throw from the racecourse.