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How to spend a day out at Goodwood Estate

Perhaps you have heard of Goodwood because you are an avid fan of horseracing. The races have been occurring at Goodwood since 1802 afterall. There are now 19 unique race days, including the Qatar Goodwood Festival which takes place in August.

Or, maybe motor racing is more your forte, and you recognise Goodwood for the Festival of Speed. Over 210,000 visitors make the annual pilgrimage to immerse themselves in the number one fairground for motorsport fans. On top of that is the Goodwood Revival, held at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit – a motor racing event and the only event of its time set in a vintage period. It is for people that love crafts, cars and second-hand.

Goodwood is always buzzing with some incredibly memorable events. But at The Goodwood Estate, there is so much more to explore that you may not know about. Things you can even do for free with the whole family. For a day that consists of a little explore, experience, relax and dining, we’ve crafted an itinerary for the ideal day out. Find all of this at Goodwood. 

First stop, the Goodwood Farm Shop 

Drive through the gorgeous lanes which meander through the South Downs, and you will find a countryside gem. Tucked down its own track, the Goodwood Farm Shop is a quaint store stocked with local, award-winning produce. It may be small, but it provides the perfect ambience for an early start. They are open at 9am Monday-Saturday for you to head down. 

The Goodwood Home Farm has been providing food for the estate for over three hundred years. They have a careful approach to farming which is sustainable, sensitive to the environment and above all, results in delicious, high-quality produce. There are no pesticides or fertilisers used, ensuring the wildlife, hedgerows and the centuries old natural ecosystem is protected. The produce is as wholesome as the land from which it comes as well as sold at some of the flagship events.

Molecomb Cheese Image by Stephen Hayward

Plenty of Goodwood produce

Amongst the produce which you can pick up in the shop itself is organic meat, dairy, beer and gin. The onsite butchery means that the skilled artisans produce the best beef, pork and lamb reared fresh right on the estate. The dairy products – cheeses, creams and milks are all made onsite too.

The Goodwood Brewery makes the local authentic beers (ales and lagers), using home-grown malted barley from Home Farm and organic hope. These include Lucky Leap, St. Simon, and Grogger. Further, with a character shaped by wild-grown botanicals sourced from the estate, Levin Down Goodwood Gin is handcrafted using traditional methods. It is distilled with mineral water naturally chalk-filtered through the South Downs. The result is an authentic London Dry from the wilds of West Sussex. Luxuriously soft on the nose and perfectly balanced on the palate. Native gorse flower lends a tantalising hint of warm toasted coconut and vanilla to forward notes of zesty citrus and characteristic juniper.

As with any good farm shop, there is also an irresistible supply of cakes, pastries and pies. The lemon loaf is a personal favourite! Load up your basket and take a slice of Goodwood home with you. How amazing is it that you get to cook with and enjoy award-winning produce from your own home? 

Aerodrome Cafe Image by Alex Benwell

Head to the Motor Circuit and Aerodrome Cafe for the afternoon 

Once you’ve had a gentle lap of the farm shop, admiring sweet cakes and soft loaves of bread, get ready for some quicker action. You can go to the Motor Circuit which is open to the public and free to enter. There are track days, events and driving experiences happening nearly daily for you to observe. The Motor Circuit diary online allows you to see what is on track ahead of your arrival. 

www.goodwood.com/motorsport/motor-circuit/motor-circuit-diary/ 

Enjoy a beautiful lunch with unforgettable views of the grass runway and historic Motor Circuit in the alfresco dining area at The Aerodrome Cafe. For a little bit of context, Goodwood Aerodrome is an airfield full of history. Known as RAF Westhampnett, it was active from July 1940 to May 1946 as a Battle of Britain station. Now, there are flying experiences to try from this very airfield. 

Enjoy the Aerodrome Café, where breakfast is serviced until 11:30 with a delightful lunch menu available from 12-4. If you fancy something sweet, the Café has delicious cakes and cookies. They also have tea & coffee to sip as you sit back and enjoy the view.  

Aerodrome launch 2019 Image by Alex Benwell

Driving Experiences

If tea and cake don’t quite cut it for you as an afternoon activity, how does The Goodwood Off-Road Experience sound? Step back in time and enjoy the quirks and charm of classic Land Rovers with an Off-Road Driving Experience. Feel every bump and drop as you adventure through the rutted off-road tracks at Goodwood Motor Circuit in their fleet of classic Land Rovers from the 1960s. This experience runs on select days of the year and costs £220 for up to four people.

www.goodwood.com/experiences/off-road-experiences/off-road/ 

Finish your day at Farmer, Butcher, Chef

Farmer, Butcher, Chef is the exciting, flagship restaurant located just yards from Home Farm. It is the final stage in a unique process dedicated not only to showcasing the meat in terms of flavour, quality and provenance, but also to achieving the very best yield from the livestock. Goodwood has been farmed by the family for over three hundred years and is one of the only self-sustaining organic farms in Europe. Goodwood’s ‘farm to fork’ ethos means “our customers will travel farther than their food”. 

Nowhere else can control every aspect of their produce in the way Goodwood can. The butcher is directly involved in designing dishes according to what cuts are available. Nothing is wasted with this original approach. The Butcher’s Boards are an imaginative way to enjoy beef, pork and lamb; they highlight different cuts served in a variety of tasty dishes. The frequently changing menu champions seasonal English fare, showcasing the produce along with selected ingredients from local suppliers.

Please check the restaurant website for opening times.

Menu: www.goodwood.com/visit-eat-stay/farmer-butcher-chef/the-menu/ 

Farmer, Butcher, Chef

Planning your next visit

If you’re not yet convinced that you could spend a whole day at the Goodwood Estate, there is more. 

Goodwood House combines the glamour of a great English country house with the warmth of a family home. It also provides a dramatic setting for one of the most significant private art collections in the country. After a guided tour of the House, visitors can enjoy a splendid Afternoon Tea in the Ballroom, made using estate-reared, organic produce from Goodwood Home Farm.  

Coronations Exhibition

From May – October 2023, there will be an exhibition about Coronations. This will celebrate the central involvement of The Dukes of Richmond in past coronations. The Dukes of Richmond have undertaken a key role in almost every coronation since 1702, mostly as bearers of the Sceptre with the Dove. This important crown jewel is presented to the monarch just before the moment of crowning.

This exhibition brings together splendid coronation and garter robes, coronets, a page boy’s outfit, Queen Victoria’s glove and many more terrific treasures to recreate just what it was like to be involved in a coronation! This can be seen either by purchasing an Afternoon Tea and Tour or a guided tour.

Also discover Wellness at Goodwood.

Nestled within the stunning parkland that surrounds us at Goodwood, offered is a range of holistic retreats designed to help you live a healthier and happier life. The retreats include:

  • Gut Health Programme – A five-day holistic retreat expertly designed to have a restorative effect on both body and mind.
  • Wim Hof Retreat – Learn the three pillars of the Wim Hof technique and become happier, healthier and stronger.
  • Menopause Retreat – A three-day wellness retreat full of advice and evidence-based information you need to take control of your menopause.
  • Executive Reset: Health & Performance – A life-changing reset designed to address the mental and physical toll of a high-pressured life.

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