Looking for a Fast and Furious day out?
Whether you are after a day out with the family, an opportunity to get glammed up with the girls, or feel the need for speed, We have rounded up the events for you.. You don’t need to be an expert or even a car enthusiast to enjoy these motorsports events this summer; with atmosphere in buckets, you will be entertained and enthralled right up to the finishing line.
Festival of Speed
Goodwood, 13th – 16th July 2023
If you thought track days were just for the guys, it’s time to think again. Head to Goodwood for this four-day event showcasing a heady mix of cars, stars and motorsport royalty. Rub shoulders with the likes of Jody Kidd, David Beckham, Nigel Mansell and Caitlyn Jenner. Dine in one of the restaurants or cafes, treat yourself to one of the hospitality options or grab a bite on the go, with the popup food stands offering a range of cuisines, from burgers to pizza, including several vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available across the event.
The Festival of Speed is the largest event of its kind. It has something for the whole family—looking into technology and mobility, together with the planet’s rarest and most glamorous vehicles, while providing a glimpse into the future. Held in the stunning grounds surrounding Goodwood House, the Festival of Speed is the summer garden party of the world’s most glamorous sport. Get up close and in person to these superb masterpieces and the legends who drive them.
“You see more motorsport in four days than you could see if you travelled the whole world with a Grand Prix team and watched all the Grands Prix. It’s more fun, it’s faster, and it’s better.”
Tickets from £60 per person, kids go free.
Monster Truck Nationals
Santa Pod, 20th August
If anyone in your family is into Monster trucks, they will be in heaven at this event; the rest of you, especially the children, will be converted by the end of the day!
The highlight is a display of Monster Truck action with bus jumps and freestyle action. Terry Grant, the world record-holding stunt driver, and other industry professionals will be in attendance.
Throughout the day, you can experience Monster Truck rides for yourself and enjoy the mini–Monster Truck Mania with a licenced bar, disco and funfair to keep you entertained. The gates open on Saturday for those camping with more events scheduled. All in all, a great family day out.
Tickets from £34 or £85 for a family day pass.
For the August Bank Holiday weekend, head to Silverstone for an epic Festival; the whole family will be enthralled with historical motorsport, music, family activities and delicious food. With McFly and the Sugarbabes headlining the music stage, thousands of classic and modern cars on display, a free family funfair on all weekend and driving simulators to test your skills, the fun doesn’t end, especially if you decide on camping onsite.
Silverstone, the birthplace of the FIA Formula One World Championship, has its special place in F1 history and celebrates this both on and off track throughout the festival. The busy schedule of nostalgic and exciting races includes double-header showdowns for both sixties and seventies rear-engined F1 cars and the 75th Anniversary Trophy. If this wasn’t enough, there are daily circuit demonstrations for even faster Grand Prix cars from more recent eras.
Day tickets from £45 and Kids go free.
The British Motor Show
Farnborough, 17th – 20th August 2023
With driving entertainment for all, The British Motor Show returns to Farnborough. In addition to the incredible array of cars and vehicles on display and on the track, it’s the experiences visitors can really get involved in. Under 17s can have their first driving lesson in a manual, dual-control car. Little-ones can practice steering, reversing parking and even a bit of slalom under the watchful eye of an experienced instructor. Grown-ups can try their hand at learning to drift, driving a tank or test-driving some of the latest cars on the market.
If you are thinking of going electric, check out the selection of classic and older cars that have been converted, complete with the owners and suppliers.
Tickets start at £23.50 and family tickets from at £47.
Goodwood, 8th-10th September
Prepare to celebrate all that is vintage as Goodwood is transported to a bygone era, celebrating the original lifespan of the Goodwood Motor Circuit 1948-1966. This unique motoring event matches the cars of the day with the fashion and glamour of the period giving you the perfect excuse to dress up to the nines, shop the markets in Arcade d’Aubigny, as well as the world-class curated collection of retro shops across the event.
Get your hair or makeup to match at one of the Betty’s Salons and Gents can also finish their look at the Goodwood Barbers and that’s before you hit the tracks to witness the finest display of period vehicles.
Hospitality is in keeping with the historical period with music and decor to match; choose from the range of packages from the Commanding Officer’s Table to the Barracks – complete with a private garden, but still with views of the race track. Over the road you will discover a fairground, car show and revival cinema if you want a break from the races.
Tickets from £48 but prices rise closer to the time.
Whether the road takes you to monster trucks or back in time to Goodwood, remember to buckle up, drive safe and leave the racing on the track! If you are travelling far this summer, be sure to read our blog on travelling with kids.