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Goodwood looks forward to fun-packed August Bank Holiday as Frankie seeks landmark

Following a hugely successful Qatar Goodwood Festival, Goodwood Racecourse is preparing for its most fun-packed fixture yet; the August Bank Holiday Weekend on Friday 24 to Sunday 26 August. An enchanting long weekend that celebrates the Great British summer holidays of yesteryear, the August Bank Holiday Weekend fixture will feature top quality horseracing, Friday fireworks and a host of nostalgic activities for the whole family.

The fixture begins on the Friday evening, with six enthralling races accompanied by live music from a saxophone quartet, a string quartet and a Rock ‘n’ Roll band, as well as plentiful activities for children such as a traditional fairground and coconut shy. As the racing concludes and the sun goes down, fire performers and stilt walkers will make their way around the grandstands, as a band of Batala drummers set a hypnotic beat.

Friday night finishes with a crescendo, as a dramatic firework display set to music – produced by the Starlight display team of international renown – will take guests’ breath away once again.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday, donkey rides and various traditional attractions such as a helter skelter, carousel and big wheel, will keep the children entertained. The little ones will also no doubt be keen to visit the Lennox Activity Tent, with circus tutors teaching tricks and skills, regular Punch and Judy shows and face painting. The popular Goodwood Actors Guild will return, playing games of ‘invisible cricket’ and entertaining guests with a pantomime horse.

credit Matt Sills

credit Matt Sills

A replica beach front on the East Parade Lawn, complete with sun loungers, ice cream, fish and chips and jazz bands will be the perfect place to relax away from the action.

The racing aficionados won’t be short of entertainment either, with the Group 2 Ladbrokes Celebration Mile one of four Group races at the meeting and seven sponsored by the leading bookmaker on the Saturday. History could be created, as the ever-popular Frankie Dettori is just one victory away from riding his 200th winner at Goodwood. Should the inimitable Italian reach the milestone, he would become only the second jockey to have done so since Goodwood first staged racing in 1802.

On the Sunday, Goodwood also hosts a round of The Silk Series, a race series specifically for female jockeys, which showcases their talents in the saddle and aims to inspire the next generation of female riders. With four rounds remaining of the series, which is run in aid of Cancer Research UK, Megan Nicholls currently leads the standings.

Tickets to the August Bank Holiday Weekend start from just £12 per day, with under 18s going free. All of the additional entertainment and activities are free on entry. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit goodwood.com

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