Goodwood Revival is one of the most amazing events on the planet, and here are 8 reasons to go to Goodwood Revival this year!
1. The cars
The main reason to go to Goodwood Revival is definitely the cars. In the Paddocks are thousands of classic cars all lined up for your viewing pleasure – all belonging to guests. All of whom are more than happy to talk to you about their cars and all the other cars they’ve seen that day. There’s also the racing, around the circuit going on with different categories all weekend, and culminating in different cups, with cars from the 1930s-1960s in races. Our favourite is the children’s Settrington Cup race, with pedal powered classic cars, which this year is celebrating it’s 10th year at Goodwood Revival.
Another reason to go to Goodwood Revival this year is for the showcase of drivers. IndyCar series legends Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti and Jimmie Johnson will all take to the Goodwood Motor Circuit over the weekend, as well as F1 World Champion Jensen Button. The noise, the atmosphere and the excitement are all such a great part of the day.
2. The costumes
We can guarantee you one thing. There aint no dress up like a Goodwood dress up, and it’s one of the main reasons to visit Goodwood Revival. Literally everyone is dressed up, in varying amounts of effort but people know the drill and dress the part. From mechanics to kids, Pan Am air hostesses to 1940s glamourous wives. From greasers to dandys, everyone knows that if you aren’t dressed up, you will feel left out. There’s a lot around for information on how to dress and get inspiration. If you fancy a day out in London with all things vintage, you can have a look here too.
3. The atmosphere
There is something unrivaled about the atmosphere at Goodwood Revival. Because of its joviality and everyone is just really impressed with everyone else, it makes the whole experience even more fun. Based at Goodwood motor circuit in Chichester, if you, like us, get the train down, even that is an experience with everyone else on board also dressed up. Once at Chichester station there are normally old Routemasters there to shuttle you to the circuit so that you can get your day going and get into the swing of Goodwood Revival.
This year, to add to the atmosphere, Goodwood Revival is hosting a number of vintage influencers. The main attraction for 2022 is New York’s vintage impresario Dandy Wellington. Jazz bandleader and style activist Dandy, will bring the #VintageStyleNotVintageValues ethos to life this year. He will be giving and moderation talks championing the inclusive spirit of the modern-day vintage world. The Revive and Thrive talks will be exploring the human stories behind our favourite second-hand treasures, offering rare insights into vintage living and empowering visitors to source their own vintage pieces.
4. The vintage kitsch
The kitsch at Goodwood is…unrivaled, with something for everyone. Mos of which will make you gasp in awe of its greatness. Have we sold it well enough? Fear not, because this year, they are launching a new lifestyle hub: the revive and thrive village. In the Revive and Thrive Village, you will find a joyous celebration of all things vintage and second-hand. Workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions and talks will share the sustainable ‘Make Do and Mend’ approaches of post-war Britain to breathe new life into pre-loved belongings. There will also be kill-focused workshops and demonstrations, sharing ways to reduce, reuse, repair, restore and recycle for authentic circular consumption. The Village will also play host to a number of different appearances, from vintage and beauty influencers, Great British Sewing Bee winners and designers.
5. The music and dancing
Although not the first thing people think of at Goodwood Revival, the music is excellent. From Swing Bands to classical music; the iconic 1960s recording studio (complete with guitars Tim can only dream of owning) there is much to be explored. If you hear it, follow it, that’s our advice. And, if it’s got a beat then dance to it, you will find that many other people are too. If, like us, you don’t know any form of dancing, don’t fret. There are multiple dance lessons, both formal and impromtu, that happen throughout the days and you’re encouraged to join in. Our aim for this year is to become swing masters!
6. The film studios
One things that we weren’t expecting to find at Goodwood is a fully decked out film studio. Showcasing old school ways of recording, and scenes from your favourite classic movies. We saw them filming scenes from the Italian Job and there was so much to see. There were also rooms full of cars from movies such as James Bond. There was also, as always, opportunities to get involved should you be a budding thespian.
7. The creativity
The most impressive thing we found across the day was the creativity. From the producers of the event, to the stalls, to the food and drink, just everything was so creative. We’re looking forward to more opportunites to see some creativity in action in the new Vintage Village this year. Keep an eye out for creative costumes, creative signs and creative ways of carrying your picnic!
This year, Goodwood Revival takes place Friday 16th – Sunday 18th September and you can buy your Goodwood Revival tickets here.