FOS 2021

FOS 2021

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Barrie c 66

99 posts

48 months

Thursday
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I'm going for the 1st time this year on the Sunday, just wondering what's the best option for parking ?

timbo999

944 posts

221 months

Thursday
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Barrie c 66 said:
I'm going for the 1st time this year on the Sunday, just wondering what's the best option for parking ?
Follow the signs, park where they ask you to, walk into the Festival... not sure there are many options... approaching from a different direction gets you into a different car park but not sure that's any advantage as they are all much of a muchness in my opinion.

Ian Wegg

540 posts

106 months

The best option is to arrive early.

98elise

19,326 posts

127 months

Ian Wegg said:
The best option is to arrive early.
This. Parking is not an issue, getting to the car parks can be.

It's well signposted and organised well, but the approach roads are small and limited capacity.


CrunkleFloop

Original Poster:

555 posts

211 months

98elise said:
This. Parking is not an issue, getting to the car parks can be.

It's well signposted and organised well, but the approach roads are small and limited capacity.
Agreed, I live locally to Goodwood and depending on where you're coming from the approach roads are going to be the main issue, If you're coming down to Goodwood from the north you may find it better to avoid the small approach roads directly to Goodwood and instead take a route that brings you to the A29 down to the A27 at Fontwell and then approach from the East as they tend to keep that moving faster.

The absolute best way is on a motorbike though. ;-)

ch37

7,403 posts

187 months

CrunkleFloop said:
The absolute best way is on a motorbike though. ;-)
Or arrive at 6.30am, over a decade of doing that and it's not failed me yet, straight in no problems. Also means a lovely quiet paddock for an hour or two before the hill action starts. Sure I have to get up at 3am, but it's only once a year!

funbobby

1,498 posts

224 months

I’ve got a ticket for Sunday rolled over from last year but do we think it’s still going ahead if they push back the relaxation of rules 2 or even 4 weeks ?

tonymor

1,247 posts

138 months

Just hearing the news it’s sadly looking doubtful, I hope I’m very wrong.

ch37

7,403 posts

187 months

funbobby said:
I’ve got a ticket for Sunday rolled over from last year but do we think it’s still going ahead if they push back the relaxation of rules 2 or even 4 weeks ?
If it's pushed beyond the actual FoS dates with no change to the existing restrictions, then my understanding is that no, it cannot go ahead.

Anyone who has been to a motorsport event in the UK these past few weeks will be aware that there is a 4000 capacity on spectators, segregation of paddock and public etc. Even if FoS were somehow classed as a general event (i.e. not motorsport, despite having a Motorsport UK permit) the existing restrictions are not compatible with an event of that size and scope.

The really tricky one is if restrictions are pushed back two weeks (to July 5th) subject to approval, giving Goodwood a couple of days notice whether it's no or go, that's a horrible, horrible position for them to be in. That seems unlikely though as it only gives another week of data, a 4 week delay seems to be what we're being prepared for.

People will, rightly, point out that Euro 2000 will be taking place with significant crowds in a relatively enclosed space, but the rules have never been nuanced enough to allow relatively safe outdoor events to happen, that's why we can now go to a pub but in many parts of the country, councils are not allowing parkrun to take place.

Ian Wegg

540 posts

106 months

tonymor said:
Just hearing the news it’s sadly looking doubtful, I hope I’m very wrong.
What news? I watched the BBC lunchtime news and didn't see anything untoward.

I did see a local news report of the South of England Show at Ardingly, which is taking place now under the current restrictions with 12,000 visitors a day. I find it difficult to imagine we will go backwards from this point.

funbobby

1,498 posts

224 months

how many tickets do they sell on the saturday and sunday normally i wonder? at some point they will have to make the decision, not the sort of thing they can cobble together last minute.

98elise

19,326 posts

127 months

funbobby said:
how many tickets do they sell on the saturday and sunday normally i wonder? at some point they will have to make the decision, not the sort of thing they can cobble together last minute.
As I understand it tickets rolled over from last year, and it's pretty much sold out. I wanted entry + grandstand and they are not available.

ch37

7,403 posts

187 months

Ian Wegg said:
I did see a local news report of the South of England Show at Ardingly, which is taking place now under the current restrictions with 12,000 visitors a day. I find it difficult to imagine we will go backwards from this point.
Events in a large area without a specific focal point are ok. Motorsport, no matter how well spread out, is limited to 4000 under the current restrictions. They've managed to loosen that a bit at circuits by 'bubbling up' spectators and the paddock separately (otherwise drivers, families, officials etc would quickly eat into the 4k).

Goodwood have 200k over 4 days in a 'normal' year.

delta0

1,381 posts

72 months

If restrictions are extended for a month when would the event be held?

AllezWasps

482 posts

132 months

If it doesn’t happen in June I can’t see it going ahead later this year- logistically it’s too big an ask and with the Revival and MM to come I fear it would just be too difficult.

Barrie c 66

99 posts

48 months

Thanks for the replies re the parking, I'll be coming from London through Petworth I would have thought. Sadly it looks like it may be immaterial now.

delta0

1,381 posts

72 months

AllezWasps said:
If it doesn’t happen in June I can’t see it going ahead later this year- logistically it’s too big an ask and with the Revival and MM to come I fear it would just be too difficult.
I don’t mind a 4 week postponement if that can work. It’s only a slight shift and would put it on 7th August.

ch37

7,403 posts

187 months

Saturday
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Spare a thought for Silverstone right now too, if it is indeed a 4 week delay that's the day after the British GP.

Big Nanas

723 posts

50 months

Saturday
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98elise said:
funbobby said:
how many tickets do they sell on the saturday and sunday normally i wonder? at some point they will have to make the decision, not the sort of thing they can cobble together last minute.
As I understand it tickets rolled over from last year, and it's pretty much sold out. I wanted entry + grandstand and they are not available.
Yes, I rolled my tickets over from last year and we have them now.
I can't see how FoS can go ahead this year with the numbers that usually attend. Last year was a 'normal' year, so they would have sold the regular allocation of tickets - well over 50k spectators a day perhaps? That's way over any guidelines, and they can't exactly revoke some tickets to make it work.
Sigh.

JPCGT

176 posts

111 months

Saturday
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Big Nanas said:
98elise said:
funbobby said:
how many tickets do they sell on the saturday and sunday normally i wonder? at some point they will have to make the decision, not the sort of thing they can cobble together last minute.
As I understand it tickets rolled over from last year, and it's pretty much sold out. I wanted entry + grandstand and they are not available.
Yes, I rolled my tickets over from last year and we have them now.
I can't see how FoS can go ahead this year with the numbers that usually attend. Last year was a 'normal' year, so they would have sold the regular allocation of tickets - well over 50k spectators a day perhaps? That's way over any guidelines, and they can't exactly revoke some tickets to make it work.
Sigh.
I spoke with Goodwood ticket office this past week and asked them the question about crowd capacity and they said they’d be running at 85% capacity on both Saturday and Sunday, which is clearly on the assumption that all remaining restrictions would have been lifted on 21 June. Feel sorry for Goodwood as planning for this must be a complete nightmare