Silverstone Circuit Events
Home of British Motor Racing
Silverstone is home to the British Grand Prix and all the excitement of amazing motor racing. When F1 drivers call a track “insanely fast”, you need to be there when they drive it at Silverstone Circuit.
After hosting its first racing event in 1948, Silverstone has become one of the most recognised racing circuits in the world and the 3rd longest F1 circuit on the current calendar. Since being home to the British Grand Prix, many motorsport enthusiasts look to Silverstone to witness some of the most exhilarating moments in motorsport. From the first Ferrari Grand Prix victory in 1951 to Lewis Hamilton’s rise to fame in 2008 after becoming the first Brit to win at Silverstone in 8 years, Silverstone continues to produce some of the most memorable moments in motorsport history. You, too, can witness the excitement at Silverstone’s major racing events, including the British MotoGP, Silverstone Classic and the world-renowned British Grand Prix.
Silverstone Circuit Hospitality Packages
Our Silverstone hospitality offers guests adrenaline-charged action with fine dining to make the most of your race day at Silverstone. Enjoy trackside premium seating and much more at some of the biggest events on the motor racing calendar. Check out our packages for the Silverstone Classic, MotoGP and the British Grand Prix below:
After a record-breaking attendance last year, the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, MotoGP and Silverstone Classic return in 2024 to bring some of the biggest motor racing names to the UK. Each race takes over 52 laps of the 5.891km Silverstone Circuit and features many motor racing legends, including Britain’s local hero, Lewis Hamilton. So why not discover incredible trackside action, live entertainment, and more with our Silverstone hospitality packages?
Silverstone Circuit Hospitality 2024
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History of Silverstone
Silverstone is known for hosting some of the most must-see events in the racing calendar, but some may wonder what makes Silverstone so unique. From its airfield origins in World War II to the birth of the British Grand Prix, Silverstone is enriched with a strong heritage that many may not be familiar with.
Silverstone began life in 1942, known as ‘RAF Silverstone.’ The original Silverstone site was used in World War II as a Royal Air Force bomber station, where Wellington bombers used the land as an airfield. RAF Silverstone was made up of 3 runways and lived on till the end of World War II in 1945. At the end of the war, the site was abandoned for several years.
The first races held at Silverstone were unofficial: In 1947, locals who lived nearby to Silverstone village noticed the deserted runways and began racing there. Whilst racing, one of the local participants, named Maurice Geoghegan, hit and killed a sheep. As a result, the informal race became known as the ‘Mutton Grand Prix.’
The following year, interest in turning the runways into a circuit increased. The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) chose the abandoned airfield as the starting point of a plan to bring motor racing back to Britain. The RAC declared James ‘Jimmy’ Brown the First Grand Prix organiser. On the 2nd of October 1948, the first-ever British Grand Prix took place with over 10,000 attendees and the winner being Luigi Villoresi.
In its early years, the Grand Prix’s run set Silverstone on the map as one of the most acclaimed locations on the motor racing map. With such success that in 1950, the venue held the first-ever Formula 1 World Championship event with around 150,000 people in attendance. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth also attended the 1950 race and met drivers, including a young Sir Stirling Moss; this moment lives in history as the only occasion a reigning monarch has been in attendance at Silverstone. Princess Diana and Prince Harry then visited the British Grand Prix in 1994.
767 Jaguar E-Types from Europe and North America participated in a track parade at the 2011 Silverstone Classic. Silverstone then set a Guinness World Record for the largest parade of Jaguar cars.
In 2019, Silverstone introduced the Silverstone Interactive Museum, an immersive visitor attraction that celebrates the past, present, and future. Motorsport fans can jump into star stories and science behind British motor racing at Silverstone’s brilliant family-friendly museum. The museum costs over £ 20 million to build and features the exhibition and preservation of artefacts, archives and collections of educational and historical value.
Northamptonshire welcomes all racing fans to experience why Silverstone is one of the most loved racetracks in the world. Eventmasters offer the most rewarding hospitality experience as racegoers can witness the live action of major motorsport events.
More Events at Silverstone
Despite the Silverstone track being famous for its F1 races, the circuit also hosts other events such as Run Silverstone. Run Silverstone takes place in early September and features 3 separate runs called The Half Marathon (21km), Challenge Silverstone (10km), and the Family Fun Run (5km.) Many runners across Britain consider Run Silverstone to be one of the top UK races of its variety. So, whether you’re a runner, jogger, or simply want to take a stroll around the F1 track, this is ideal for anyone wishing to get in shape and run the Silverstone circuit. After completing your race, all finishers will receive a medal, and prizes will be awarded to the top three overall finishers.
The Silverstone track is also notable for hosting the Cycle Silverstone event, which also takes place every year in early September and allows cyclists to ride in the tyre prints of motorsport legends. The Challenge Silverstone Sportive, Family Festive Ride, and Conquer The Track are among the three cycling marathons taking place on the day. The Challenge Silverstone Sportive includes of 10 laps of the Silverstone Circuit, lasting up to three hours, and is designed towards more experienced and competitive riders. The Family Festival Trip allows everyone to take a ride with the family around the Silverstone track, and it’s free for those under the age of 16. The final event of the Cycle Silverstone done is Conquer The track which features 5 laps around the circuit and is ideal for a seasonal rider or those wishing for a friendly competition.
Lap of Lights:
Last year’s Lap of Lights was one of Silverstone’s most popular tourist attractions. This festive event takes place on the Silverstone track and involves guests driving their cars around the 3.6-mile circuit. But this isn’t your typical ride. Instead, the race track is transformed with almost half-a-million Christmas lights, nearly 500 laser beams and mirrors Santa’s route around the world as you visit each continent. Visitors will get to immerse themselves in the Christmas spirit of Silverstone as they are met with bright scenes from across the globe, including gigantic lit-up pyramids replicating those of Egypt and Icebergs resembling those of the Arctic. Make sure to keep an eye out for a hidden Santa in each part of the track, and tune into the 87.7FM radio dedicated to the Lap of Lights whilst on the track.
Travelling to Silverstone:
Please use the map provided by Google for further information.
How to get to Silverstone by Car:
If travelling to Silverstone by car, the Northamptonshire circuit is 105 km from Birmingham, approximately a 60-minute journey along the A43 dual carriageway from the M1 motorway. Silverstone is also 130km from London, roughly a 90-minute drive from central London from the M40 motorway for those travelling from the southern region.
How to get to Silverstone by Train:
The closest train station to Silverstone is Wolverton train station. The Wolverton train station offers train services from other major train stations such as Birmingham New Street, London Euston and Northampton Rail Stations.
How to get to Silverstone by Taxi:
If you’ve travelled by train from Northampton, Wolverton, Milton Keynes or Banbury, you can get a taxi to cover the rest of the travel to the circuit. The average cost to Silverstone from either of these local train stations will be no more than £40. Silverstone operate a pick-up/drop-off point in-car par 25, behind Silverstone UTC. It is advised you book your return taxi in advance to avoid a long waiting time.
How to get to Silverstone by Bus:
For those travelling by bus, Stagecoach operates a local bus service to and from Silverstone for their major events, including British Grand Prix, British MotoGP and the Silverstone Classic. There is no need to book in advance as you can arrive on the day and pay the driver as you get on board. If using public transport, you can get to Silverstone from Milton Keynes Central train station using bus routes 83, MK1 and X91, and if travelling from Northampton train station/ bus station, you can use bus routes N1, 87 and 88.
Silverstone Circuit FAQs
Where is Silverstone located?
The Silverstone Circuit is located in Northamptonshire, or more specifically in Towcester (NN12 8TN).
Is there a dress code?
Yes, for hospitality at the track there is a dress code. Silverstone has a smart casual dress code, where jeans, tailored shorts and smart trainers are all permitted.
Are there wheelchair friendly raised viewing platforms?
Yes. There are raised viewing platforms for those using a wheelchair at the Abbey (Start/Finish Line, pit lane and garages), Club (Stowe Corner) and the National Pits Straight which is located near the fast right hand turn at Woodcote. Grandstands: Woodcote B. There are areas in the terraces: Luffield Complex Terrace, Luffield Terrace and Copse Terrace.
What other accessibility facilities are available?
Assistance dogs are allowed, but they of course need to be registered before you attend the race circuit with your assistance dog. There is also a personal assistance scheme, where disability ticket holders who require full time assistance can have a partner, friend or personal assistant. You will need to send in an application form applicable to you from the Silverstone website.
Blue Badge Parking is also available in car park 50, which is just to the right of the main entrance into Silverstone.
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