Frequently Asked Questions

For your convenience, we've compiled answers to those questions we're asked most frequently about visiting Goodwood Racecourse at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

For your convenience, we've compiled answers to those questions we're asked most frequently about visiting Goodwood Racecourse at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

How do the various Enclosures differ?

At Goodwood we have three Enclosures to choose from - the Richmond Enclosure, the Gordon Enclosure and the Lennox Enclosure. Our premier enclosure, Richmond, is only available to Members and their guests during the Qatar Goodwood Festival. For details of what is available within each enclosure click the 'Find out More' button below.

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Which car parks are suitable for each Enclosure?

During the Qatar Goodwood Festival parking is available for all enclosures in Car Park 8 (£12) and Car Park 9 and 11 (free). Coach parking is available in Car Park 7 for £50.



What time do the gates open?

During Qatar Goodwood Festival the gates open at 11.00, with the first race setting off each day at approximately 2.00pm each day.

What should I wear?

Goodwood is famous for being a stylish yet relaxed occasion and gentlemen are required to wear jackets and either ties, cravats or polo-necked sweaters in the Richmond Enclosure. Gentlemen traditionally wear linen suits and the archetypal ‘Goodwood’ Panama hats. Jeans and shorts are not permitted in the Richmond Enclosure.  Ladies are encouraged to wear hats in the Richmond Enclosure at Glorious Goodwood.  In other enclosures dress is informal.  Bare chests, and fancy dress are not allowed in any enclosure. Stiletto heels are not recommended for ladies due to the terrain and decked areas. Gentlemen are discouraged from wearing shorts, flip-flops or sleeveless tops in the Gordon Enclosure.


What is there to do before racing?

You may like to picnic in the car parks, or in the Lennox Enclosure, or explore the country park adjacent to the racecourse.

Are there restaurants available?

The Richmond Enclosure has the Charlton Hunt, Double Trigger and the Horsewalk Restaurants, while the Gordon Enclosure has the Sussex Bistro. Advance booking is advisable.


Where else can I eat?

There are 'grab & go' catering outlets in all enclosures.


Can I bring food or drink into the enclosures?

Food and soft drinks only may be brought into the Lennox Enclosure, but not the Richmond or Gordon Enclosures. Cans and plastic bottles are allowed but no glass is permitted. Alcohol is not allowed to be brought into any enclosure.

Can we picnic in the car parks?

Yes, but only within the limits of your car parking space. There is a Three Furlong Picnic Car Park where you can reserve a berth on the rails at the three-furlong point; admission for four adults to the Lennox Enclosure is also included in the price.


Please note parasols, sunshades and umbrellas are not permitted to hang over the running rails, nor are gazebos allowed to be erected in any of the car parks. For picnics the country park, close to the coach park, is ideal.

Where should I wear my badge?

Please wear your badge prominently on your lapel and not on your belt or binoculars. Staff at the entrances are trying to help you, so please help them identify your badge easily.

Do licensing hours operate?

Bar facilities close at 7.30pm.

Where can I bet?

Bookmakers are located in front of the stands in all enclosures. There are also TOTE betting facilities in all enclosures. The minimum bet is usually between £2 and £10. All enclosures have a Betfred betting shop. If you are new to racing or betting ensure you take a look at our 'Plan Your Day' pages.


Where can I find out the state of the going?

The forecast is published in the national newspapers, on our website and on racecourse information boards. You can find the latest going report by clicking the link below.


Can I transfer from one enclosure to another?

Yes, you are able to transfer between the Lennox and the Gordon Enclosure; the transfer point is located at the west end of the Lennox Enclosure. Transfers are made by paying the difference between the two enclosures’ daily admission prices. You can only transfer between enclosures if there is capacity.

Please note, you can only transfer between enclosures if there is capacity. Transfers between the Gordon to Richmond Enclosure during the Qatar Goodwood Festival is not possible as the Richmond Enclosure is reserved exclusively to Goodwood Horseracing Members' and their guests.

Find out the differences between our enclosures by clicking the 'Find Out More' button below.

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Where can I arrange to meet a friend?

The Old Tote Bar in the Lennox Enclosure; The Doom Bar in the Gordon Enclosure; and the statue of the bronze horse's head in the Richmond Enclosure are all good meeting points on race day.

Where can I get general information?

There is signage around the course and maps in the racecard.  All enclosures have information points and any staff member can give directions to the nearest point.

When are the racecourse offices open?

These are situated in the Sussex Stand. Reception is staffed from 8.30am – 5.30pm on non-race days. On race days, reception operates from 8am, until one hour after the last race.

What facilities are there for the disabled?

There is a free reserved car parking area at the front of Number 8 car park opposite the East Entrance. Booking is recommended.  Number 5 car park also has reserved spaces, on a first come, first-served basis.  The Richmond and Lennox enclosures have wheelchair viewing stands on the rails. Other facilities include ramped access to the front of the Parade Ring; covered viewing on the balcony of the Sussex Stand; and in the Richmond Enclosure covered viewing from the March Grandstand’s Richmond Level.  The Lennox Enclosure also has natural high-level viewing and a wheelchair stand.  Lifts operate in the March and Sussex Grandstands and a ramp leads to the Charlton Stand first floor.  Toilet facilities for the disabled are available in all stands and access is by Radar Keys.  Two wheelchairs (non-electric) are available in the Sussex Stand offices – these can either be borrowed on the day or reserved in advance (Tel. 01243 755022). These are subject to availability and are used at the individual’s own risk.


Can I obtain cash?

There are four ATM machines located on the ground floor of the Sussex Stand, which can be used on all racedays. During the Qatar Goodwood Festival ATM machines are available in all enclosures, located on the ground floor of the Sussex and March Stands, as well as on the concourse in the Lennox Enclosure.

A cashback facility can be obtained from a number of TOTE betting windows in the Richmond and Gordon enclosures on the ground floor of the March Stand (subject to a minimum spend).

To avoid queues it is advisable to bring cash with you on racedays.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are not admitted. Guide dogs for the Blind and Assistance dogs for people with disabilities will be allowed, by advance request.

Do I need a racecard?

A racecard is an essential investment. It includes all the runners, their form and vital information on how to bet, plus a daily competition.

Where is lost property?

In the cloakrooms at either end of the March Grandstand and at the Manager’s office at the Lennox Enclosure’s main entrance. After racing, any lost property is taken to the main office in the Sussex Grandstand.

Will there be a doctor?

Doctors are available in all enclosures. The first-aid points are well signposted and South East Coast Ambulance staff attend all meetings.

Are there concessionary rates for students?

For most racing fixtures students can receive half-price admission to the Gordon and Lennox Enclosures on the day. However, during the Qatar Goodwood Festival and Three Friday Nights concession rates are not available.

Is there a discount for over 65s?

For most racing fixtures students over 65s can receive half-price admission to the Gordon and Lennox Enclosures on the day. However, during the Qatar Goodwood Festival and Three Friday Nights concession rates are not available.

Can I bring my children?

Yes. Accompanied youngsters under 18 years of age are admitted free to all enclosures.

Telephone 01243 216610 for more information.

Is there a children’s playground?

Yes, we have a play area, presented by Butlins, that is located at the east end of the Lennox Enclosure. Adults are not permitted to enter. The playground is for four to 12-year-olds and is situated within the Lennox Enclosure, however, ticket holders for all enclosures are able to make use the playground. Please be aware that the playground is not supervised so we recommend adult supervision at all times.

Are there any crèche facilities?

Yes, during the Qatar Goodwood Festival there is a crèche available, free of charge, for all racegoers. It is situated within the Butlin's Adventure Playground, which is in the far end of the Lennox Enclosure. It will be staffed by uniformed nannies who are CRB/DBS checked, with at least one member of staff having an up-to-date Paediatric First Aid Certificate. The facility is suitable for 0 - 3 year olds. During busy periods time in the crèche may be limited to a two hour slot.

What happens if racing is abandoned?

Refunds of admission fees will only be made in the following circumstances:

Race meetings abandoned before completion of one race – 100% refund.

Abandoned before completion of three races – 50% refund.

Abandoned after three races – no refund.

Claims are made by submitting either badges from the Richmond Enclosure or admission receipts from the other two enclosures by post, up to 28 days after the meeting (excluding Hospitality packages). 

What is your drinking policy?

Goodwood Racecourse is committed to safeguarding the well-being of all visitors and ensuring that the best possible day out is had by all. As part of this, we are committed to reducing any social harm caused by the excessive consumption of alcohol. Anyone deemed to be under the influence of drink or drugs may be refused admittance to Goodwood Racecourse. Anyone lucky enough to appear to be under the age of 25 may be asked for photo ID when purchasing alcohol. Anyone who appears to have consumed too much alcohol may be asked to leave Goodwood Racecourse, but will be cared for responsibly by the Goodwood Raceday Team. Anyone with concerns over the safety or well-being of themselves or anyone else at the Racecourse should voice their concerns to the Racecourse reception or find a member of the Raceday team. Drink responsibly and have a great day out.

For enquiries please call

01243 216610

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