A couple of weeks ago I shared our experience of camping at the Goodwood Festival of Speed as a family. We had an absolute amazing time and the camping experience was wonderful, couldn’t have been better. We enjoyed it so much and really hope we get to go again one day.
This post is more about the Festival of Speed itself. We first started going to the festival in 2003 when it was still an amazing event but on a slightly smaller scale, with less attendance. I think it’s fair to say it’s the premier motoring event in the UK now and is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
This was our first experience of attending a motoring festival with the children so we weren’t too sure what to expect, especially given one of the children really couldn’t give two figs about cars, but we had an absolute ball. As we were camping and had tickets for two of the three days it meant we could take things at a much more leisurely pace.
There were plenty of things for the children to see and do and we spent an inordinate amount of time at the huge Porsche stand as my son is Porsche mad. We also spent a fair amount of time playing with Lego and remote control cars on the BMW stand. My son was given a Michelin cap which he barely took off his head for a week! It was really well set up for children with special junior viewing areas, just a shame that selfish adults (mainly men!) without children decided to commandeer these spots.
Particular highlights were watching Lewis Hamilton, the Red Arrows and the Vulcan flying through the sky and the children loved the Wacky Racers. We also got to see Damon Hill and my son got to sit in a real winning Ford Focus rally car which Mr M was insanely jealous about. I always like the upmarket The Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ area and enjoyed looking at Chris Evans array of beautiful vehicles.
For most people Goodwood Festival of Speed is more about F1, supercars and classics but I have to say that the area we loved the most was the often overlooked Forest Rally Stage. We spent a lot of time here and it was less crowded, more relaxed and it was fun to watch the cars showering everyone in a big dust cloud!
What else? Since we’ve been going to the Festival of Speed, food quality has increased massively. The first time we went it was just a dodgy burger, it’s all a bit more gourmet now and very tasty! Spoilt for choice. Another festival worry is always toilets. There plenty around, never had to queue and they were relatively clean. There was a dedicated family area with posher loos and we tended to go there.
All in all we had an absolute blast of a weekend at the Goodwood Festival of the Speed. Car enthusiast or not, there is pretty much something for everyone and if there’s not? Well there’s always plenty of Pimms to be had!
Disclosure: I was provided with tickets & camping for the event in return for a review. All words and thoughts are my own.