Theres nothing quite like a festival in England- indeed more than 3.5 million will have attended one this year. But it is even more exciting if it is a dress up affair, as is the Goodwood Revival, a vintage themed festival hosted by the Earl of March annually. 

I was cordially invited by Ford who would be taking up fort beside the pit lane where we were to view car racing, spitfires and entertainment. Set in 12’000 acres of sprawling green fields, it concentrates on Goodwood’s heyday of racing between 1948 and 1966. 


But first it was a night of relaxing and dancing at the Park House Hotel close by. The hotel is set in beautiful grounds and includes a spa, dining barn and vast gardens. It is also perfectly located to attend Goodwood, whilst my room (number 18 incase you need to know) was a pink cloud of Toile de Jouy wallpaper. I couldn’t believe how vintage it looked!


In the barn we tucked into a beautiful three course meal accompanied with a surprise swing dance lesson. After trying a selection of vintage themed cocktails we were shown the basics of this popular 1950's dance and then had to put it all together- somehow we managed even after the champagne cocktails (hic!) whilst our waiter who had joined in to make up the numbers was the best in the group!


On arriving at Goodwood the following day I was in vintage heaven looking at all the outfits and get ups. Men and women were dressed in period clothes with impeccable detail of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and even the children sweetly dressed for the occasion. I watched a 1940’s fashion show which was followed by a classic English lunch hosted by Ford (with endless dessert of rhubarb crumble!).

I then watched some entertainment in the style of The Andrew Sisters and had a personal tour of Ford’s vintage cars on display which were also racing at Goodwood.


As if that isn’t enough Goodwood also hosts many beautiful stalls with vintage clothes, housewares and other period items for sale. I loved looking at all the fashions which were also available to purchase.


After a few photos beside the big wheel I made an impulsive decision to go on. ‘Just think of the selfies,’ I told my friend. Soon after going up the wind nearly blew my hat off and I was clutching onto my mobile phone for dear life. My friend of course, found it hilarious and said that she definitely had the picture of the day- I, on the other hand was not so sure!


Goodwood is a festival for vintage souls, young and old and definitely a day of inspiration, joy and a feast for the senses! To see more visit www.goodwood.com