Hickstead debuts new grandstand

GL events has created a new grandstand at Hickstead Showground as part of the venue’s continued redevelopment.

First opened in 1960, Hickstead – home to the All England Jumping Course – is currently undergoing a £1m refurbishment, including the renovation of its International Arena.

Although it is primarily known for showjumping, the venue also holds equestrian sports including dressage and arena polo. It also hosts functions and conferences year-round.

With the new grandstand, Hickstead looks to move into new events, including a two-day music festival, Boomerang. The festival, which took place 12-13 September, welcomed Simple Minds, Jessie J and The Vamps, with gourmet pop-up restaurants. Street food and alternative entertainment also featured.

“The old grandstand was 44 years old and had reached the end of its shelf life,” said Chris Mansell, operations director for GL events Seating and Stadia. “The new grandstand is a similar size but much more modern and with proper seating. The view of the course will be identical as it’s the same height and will sit on the same footprint.”