If you’re looking to visit Britain during the British Grand Prix this year, there are a whole host of activities to enjoy in addition to the big event itself. From Goodwood Festival of Speed to shopping ‘til you drop, discover some of our top picks for a grand time at the Grand Prix.
Experience the rush of Formula 1
One of the most exciting events in the world of motorsports and the oldest race in Formula 1, the British Grand Prix is a must-see sight for any fan of motor racing. Running from 12-14 July 2019, tickets are now on sale and range in price from £50 per person for general admission on Friday to £2,375 per person for a weekend ticket to the VIP Drivers’ Lounge, including interviews with world-renowned drivers, an all-day grazing menu and exclusive grandstand seating and VIP terrace. You’ll also enjoy a host of entertainment across all three days in addition to the races, with performances by Craig David’s TS5 show, Razorlight and Soul II Soul, plus family-friendly activities including a bungee trampoline, a climbing wall and a Segway challenge.
Discover the Force India Factory Tour
Fans of motorsport heading to the Grand Prix could also visit some of the many motor-related sights and activities located near Silverstone, including the Force India Factory Tour. Located next to Silverstone, a tour here will reveal how Formula 1 cars are created, from initial design to manufacture. Enjoy access to off-limits areas including the design office, simulator and race bays and discover the secrets of Formula 1 for yourself. Tours last for 90 minutes and cost £200 per person.
Explore the British Motor Museum
Those with a passion for classic vehicles can also discover the British Motor Museum, which is home to an incredible collection of British classic cars in addition to temporary exhibitions including The Car. The Future. Me, which opens on 13 July 2019. Situated circa 30 minutes from Silverstone, the museum is open from 10am-5pm every day - tickets cost £14.50 for adults and £9 for children over five (those under five are free).
Enjoy the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Alternatively, why not prepare yourself for the thrills of the Grand Prix by checking out the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, an annual motor show, race event and festival that is one of the highlights of the motor racing calendar. Taking place on 4-7 July, tickets for the event range from one-day tickets (£39 - £70 per person) to a four-day pass (starting from £169 per person). You’ll also enjoy entertainment including a four-wheel drift car stunt driver display and the FOS Future Lab and First Glance Paddock, which showcases the most cutting-edge innovations in motor racing technology.
Catch all the action at Wimbledon
If you’ve got your fix of car racing or fancy trying something else in advance of the Grand Prix, why not watch the great and the good of the tennis world battle it out on the court at Wimbledon, which runs from 1-14 July. Although the public ballots are now closed, tickets are still available via some online ticket sites including Viagogo, while those looking to splash out can still secure Wimbledon Debenture Tickets, which give access to the Debenture Lounges on Centre Court and Court No. 1 in addition to the matches themselves.
Trace royal history at Blenheim Palace
From sporting greats to British royalty, the area near Silverstone is also home to Blenheim Palace. Known locally as “Britain’s greatest palace”, this World Heritage Site boasts over 300 years of history in addition to exhibitions and key artefacts relating to British heritage, such as Churchill’s Cigar Box and the robes worn by Lord Ivor at the coronation of George V. Tickets cost from £27 for adults and £16 for children over five, and include access to the palace, park and gardens. The palace is also home to a number of car-related and cultural events throughout the year. From 8 July – 7 September, it will host Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, the first pop-up Shakespearean theatre in Europe, while on 14 July there’s the Pre’ 50 American Auto Club Rally of the Giants – perfect for anyone with an interest in American classic cars.
Unleash your inner shopaholic
If shopping ‘til you drop is more your thing, why not take a break from motorsport and head to the shopping meccas of London and Birmingham. From major department stores including Selfridges to lesser-known chains and independent boutiques, there’s something for everyone. Alternatively, take a trip to Bicester Village, one of England’s best-known designer shopping centres with incredible bargains to be had on clothes and accessories. Located circa 10-15 minutes from Silverstone by car, it’s the perfect destination for a spot of designer shopping.