Many people are understandably a little dubious about taking children to Goodwood Revival. At such a young age children tend to reek havoc very quickly and cost a fortune! Also, many are uninterested in vintage items, after all they’ve grown up with computer games! The Goodwood Revival however is completely different. First of all, as an added bonus children go free up to the age of thirteen!
Secondly, you can (and we always do!) take a picnic which means that they will eat and be less ratty. If a lunch is provided at a venue, my heart always sinks as my boys nibble away at bits that have cost me a fortune, and then it inevitably ends up in the bin. So big thumbs up with the Revival for being able to take picnic’s in.
Thirdly, living on the premises with a costume shop means that my boys are always keen to dress up, but are rarely allowed in as they make such an awful mess, and it is slightly off putting for customers if, whilst undressing, the changing room curtain is whipped back and a three year old wants you out so they can try on batman for the 15th time. The Goodwood Revival, however, provides the perfect opportunity to dress my boys in something vintage looking, a tank top, shirt, cap and shorts, for me to brush their hair to one side and for them to look REALLY cute.
Fourthly. There are loads of vintage rides for the children to play on. Admittedly these are not free, but they consist of rides that most children today rarely get to see, ie not digital! The Carousel was particularly fun as it had old Bikes fashioned on to it, and my boys felt they were racing!
Finally of course, the kids loved the air displays, motor car racing (vintage or not, they liked the noise), they were intrigued by the dancing, the cinema and they loved the ear peice they got telling them what was going on. All in all Goodwood Revival is a great family day out!
Finding Vintage style outfits though for children is somewhat challenging. So we have had 1940’s girls dresses, cardigans, 1940’s boys pullovers/ tank tops, caps, shorts and shirts made up specifically for rental for the Goodwood Revival. For 1940’s children’s costumes, we have gone down the route of making garments that are not to far away from school uniforms, so are easy to wear and you don’t mind them having fun in. For the 50’s children’s outfits, we have small leather jackets for the boys, and full 50’s children’s dresses in various sizes as well for hire.
If you are attending the Goodwood Revival this year then give us a call at Mad Hatters on 01580 830757 for help in finding the perfect outfit. You can also visit our website on www.madhattersfancydress.com