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Summer of sport

Embrace the spirit of the season with our Summer of Sport guide, your ticket to a world of athletic adventure right at your fingertips.

From the gripping action on the tennis courts of Eastbourne and Wimbledon to the exhilarating matches of the football season, and the noble races at Lingfield and Brighton Racecourses, there's a spectacle for every sports enthusiast.

Discover iconic events and feel the community spirit. Dive into a summer defined by passion, excitement, and the joy of the game.

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Football season

From the Premier League to League two or grass roots, why not check out a football club a few stops away.

  • EFL Championship, League One & Two expecting to all kick-off on the weekend of 10/11 August
  • The Premier League kicks off on Saturday 17th August

Here are few clubs accessible via our network so you can start planning your visit:

Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton & Hove Albion, Crawley Town, Sutton Utd, AFC Wimbledon, Crystal Palace, Millwall, Charlton Athletic, Arsenal, Luton Town, Stevenage Borough, and Cambridge Utd, Dorking Wanderers, Kings Lynn, Horsham Town, Lewes FC

Lingfield Park

Lingfield Park Racecourse is the busiest racecourse in Europe with over 80 fixtures across the year, with flat, jump and all-weather racing. As well as being a popular racecourse, Lingfield Park Resort also boasts an onsite luxury 116-bedroom hotel & Leisure Club and a challenging 18-hole Golf Course, providing a fantastic leisure resort in Surrey for a perfect weekend by train

Nearest station: Lingfield, the racecourse is a short walk away

Brighton Racecourse

Brighton Racecourse is one of the most exciting, vibrant, racetracks in the South of England and with its fantastic location the seaside course is perfect for a great day out. Situated on Whitehawk Hill, around 1 mile away from the coast, the course originates from 1783, when the first official race was held in the area. These days the racecourse hosts flat racing fixtures from April until October as well as a number of other events throughout the year.

Nearest station: Brighton

Goodwood's world-renowned events

Set in the beautiful South Downs countryside Goodwood has become famous for three of the biggest events in the social calendar. From fast cars to vintage cars and horse racing Goodwood offers it all this summer.

What's on at Goodwood

Nearest station: Chichester, with a 12 min taxi ride or a shuttle bus on event days.

Festival of Speed 11th to 14th July

An intoxicating mix of cars, stars and motorsport royalty come together over four superb days for the Festival of Speed. The largest event of its kind, the event gathers together the planet’s rarest and most glamorous cars.

Qatar Goodwood Festival 30th July to 3rd August

With five days of thrilling horse racing action set against the magnificent backdrop of the rolling Sussex countryside, Qatar Goodwood Festival – popularly known as Glorious Goodwood – is the sporting and social highlight of the flat-racing season.

Goodwood Revival 6th to 8th September

The smell of engines mingles with the roar of iconic race cars at Goodwood Revival, a three-day September festival celebrating the halcyon days of motor racing with the accompanying glamour of 1940s, ’50s and ’60s.

Buying tickets

You can buy Great Northern tickets online and collect them from the ticket machine before you travel. You can also buy them from a ticket machine or ticket office at the station.