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Horse racing

Glorious Goodwood

Once again the thrill of a top notch racing venue, top jockeys, horses, the crowds and if you are lucky even English summer weather! Choosing to go the last 2 days gives a little taste of the exclusivity of the meeting and the draw of the final Saturday which ends with big fields, cavalry charges and large crowds.

Goodwood is glitzy in the main stand, you can spot the odd celeb’s, the strawberries have been passed on from Wimbledon, everyone dons smart dress, though it’s fair to say, it’s not as formal(or stuffy) as the likes of Ascot. The racing is equally thrilling; the setting over the South Sussex downs is equally stunning and probably more picturesque. The drive through the Goodwood estate on to the racetrack builds a special feel, many turn up with champagne summer hampers, to picnic on the parks beforehand, but if that’s not your scene, there is always the racing!

We stayed overnight at the BEST WESTERN Old Tollgate Hotel in Steyning. Now if you’re from the south it’s probably not on the doorstep at around a 40 minute trip away, but anyone north of London, it’s definitely local! A small friendly hotel, serves a great breakfast and the evening carvery is extremely popular. The rooms are comfortable and there is ample parking on site, best of all the service in the restaurant is top notch, you choose the food, they even insist on carrying your plate to your table.

So breakfast over, back to the festival and the final chance to win (or lose) in the big fields. Most races are well contested, so don’t forget your pin! If that’s not enough, the venue and hotel are so close to the south coast resorts, such as Brighton a mere taxi ride away can provide another taste of fun, of a somewhat different nightlife – well if you’re young enough for that sort of thing!

Gary Palmer – Year of Get Up and Go Blogging panel


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