Glorious Goodwood opens the doors to its secret garden

SPONSORED: It's the pinnacle of the sporting and social calendar - and now you can enjoy Glorious Goodwood from the setting of a quintessentially English garden.

Last Updated: 18 Jul 2014

'And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles'
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Glorious Goodwood, the pinnacle of the sporting and social calendar, will this summer open its doors for the second year to the award-winning Secret Garden. This new hospitality area, created by award-winning garden designer Roger Smith, recreates a quintessentially English garden scene within the confines of four walls. It will be available to Richmond Enclosure members throughout Glorious Goodwood week, Tuesday 29th July to Saturday 2nd August.

The magical Secret Garden scene was created by Roger Smith, who has designed gardens for the Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Flower Show, and was inspired by the Goodwood estate. He comments: ‘I was first inspired when I visited the Goodwood estate and admired the beautiful English country setting. The garden that I will be creating will very much reflect this.’ Complete with a grass floor, authentic red-brick walling, potted planters, lavender shrubs and colourful flowers, the hospitality area can seat up to 350 guests as they enjoy afternoon tea, served in fine English china.

More than 100,000 people will flock through the gates to enjoy the chic, relaxed and incredibly stylish atmosphere of Glorious Goodwood and, with the five-day festival becoming synonymous with high fashion and thrilling horse racing, this is a British summer event that is not to be missed.

Goodwood mess reawakens wartime spirit

Firmly established as the world’s leading historic motor-sport festival, the Goodwood Revival will be held between 12 and 14 September. This incredible event is celebrating its 17th running, and there is nowhere better to experience it than in the Goodwood Mess.

On entry you will be transported back to the 1940s as you walk through a World War Two garrison re-enactment, and the entertainment won’t stop there as the atmosphere, complete with period bunting, sandbags and live music, keeps you in the spirit.

An incredible view of the approach to the daunting Madgwick corner ensures you won’t miss a second of the action, as some of the most glorious historic machines from Ferrari, Lotus, Aston Martin and plenty of others do battle across three days of all-action, wheel-to-wheel racing.

With a daily champagne reception, three-course buffet lunch and guest acts to keep you entertained throughout the Revival’s three days, plus paddock access and forward parking benefits, the Goodwood Mess will be an experience that you will always remember.

For more information on the Secret Garden and the Goodwood Mess, please call our hospitality team on 01243 216610 or visit

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