31 July - 4 August
A day at the races doesn’t get much more quintessentially English than Glorious Goodwood. The pinnacle of the course’s racing calendar and also regarded as the official closing party of the summer season, the festival blends a social occasion with Grade A sporting action. King Edward VII described the week-long festival as ‘a garden party with racing tacked on’ and nothing much has changed in the 100 years since his reign. This year running from 31 July to 4 August, Glorious celebrates all things British. From the food and drink, to the sea of Panama hats in the viewing galleries, guests come away flushed with the full-on English hospitality experience. Like other horse racing hospitality, the format is tried and tested. Lunch is taken before racing begins at 2.15pm and afternoon tea is served just before the penultimate race. The produce comes mainly from the Goodwood Estate farm – the largest organic holding in Europe – with an English spin on each dish. Racing makes an ideal event to entertain clients, even if the winners are few and far between. Face time is constant, sweepstakes can keep everyone involved and nothing comes close to the atmosphere of a group victory on a long-shot. It’s also suited to both men and women – racing is equally as accessible and the menus aren’t tailored to either sex, as can be the case at other hospitality events. Of all the areas available, The Charlton Hunt Restaurant makes the best-value hospitality option at £365 per head, with tables for between two and 10 guests. When compared to other racing festivals, it’s a great price. Through one window, guests can take in the rolling South Downs and through the other, they have one of the best views of the track. With a balcony terrace overlooking the final straight, it’s a top spot for watching the winners come home.