Village Corner at Silverstone is one of the tightest and slowest on the Grand Prix Circuit. Situated on the infield section after a series of fast corners it is a great opportunity to see some overtaking happening.
There are two grandstands at Village, A and B, and this article provides everything you need to know about spectating here, including images and videos of the view, seating plans, information on the nearest entrances and more.
Where is Village corner?
Village corner is Turn 3 on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. It is situated on the infield section and is a very tight right hander which comes after the flat-out left hander of Farm Curve that the Formula One cars take at close to 190mph. They then have a heavy braking zone to slow down to about 70mph for Village.
After Village comes the Loop which is the slowest corner on the track, before the cars run around Aintree and on to the Wellington Straight.
Map below courtesy of the Silverstone website.
is Village a good place to sit at Silverstone?
The large braking zone and big reduction in speed means that this is one of the best places on the circuit to see some overtaking action. Plus, being close to the main entrance, the entertainment zone, Fanzones, main stage and lots of food and drinks vendors are direcly behind this section of track, only a couple of minutes’ walk away.
The on-track action here never dissapoints. The nature of the Village – Loop – Aintree complex means that often the vehicle being overtaken has an opportunity to come right back at their competitor.
This exatly what we saw at the British Grand Prix in 2022 with the battle between Perez, Leclerc and Hamilton.
There are two grandstands here – Village A and B – that both offer great but slightly different views of the action. Village B is also known as the Marquez Fan Stand for the MotoGP. Read on more below to see the differences between A and B stands.
There is no general admission spectating area directly in front of either Village stand, however just to the right of these there is standing area viewing in front of the Farm Curve stand.
If you are camping at Silverstone, the campsites that are closest to the main entrance will give you the shortest walk to Village.
Are the grandstands covered?
Village A grandstand is not covered, it is completely open to the elements.
Village B grandstand is covered. It has a roof over the top with a small visor at the front which drops down slightly to provide some extra cover for the people sat at the front. The sides of the stand aren’t covered so you could get a bit wet if you’re sat on the ends, but you will also have a great, unobstructed view.
Are there big TV screens visible from here?
There are a couple of screens visible from the Village grandstands. The first is over to the right on the exit of Farm Curve. But the main one is directly in front of the grandstands, on the other side of the circuit. This is massive and easy to see from both A and B grandstands, and is the one on the left hand side in the image below.
Village A grandstand
Where is it?
Village A is the closest of the two Village corner grandstands to Farm Curve. It sits in between the Farm Curve and Village B grandstands. It is parallel to the track, right in front of the braking zone and turn-in point for Village corner. It is South-East facing.
What's the view like?
From Village A you have a great view of the exit of Farm Curve and Village, the Loop and Aintree corners. You can follow the cars round to the start of the Wellington Straight over to your left, at which point the adjacent Village B grandstand will block your view of seeing them any further.
The only way to see the cars for longer is to see it in the top couple of rows of the grandstand (ideally the top row). This means that when the cars go down the Wellington Straight you can turn around and see them behind you.
Even if you are sat in the top row or two, your view over the fence to the Maggots, Becketts and Chapel sequence of corners is pretty limited from here. If you want a better chance of seeing that bit of the track too, Village B is a better place to sit.
The image below shows the areas of the track that you can see from Village A highlighted in pink. The Wellington Straight isn’t highlighted as it’s only a select few rows that can see this.
This video provides a great example of how much can be seen from most of the seats in Village A.
Village A granstand seating plan
Below is the seating Plan for Village A grandstand. Enter your name and email in the boxes below and the full hi-res plan will be sent straight to your inbox.
The rows are lettered A (front / lowest) to S (back / highest) and seat numbers go from 1 (closest to Farm Curve) to 165 (closest to Village corner).
Village B grandstand
Where is it?
Village B grandstand at Silverstone is on the left hand side of Village A, as you sit in the stands and look at the track. It is actually past the apex of Village corner, so whilst the track doesn’t run directly in front of you here you still have a great view of Village, the Loop and Aintree. Village B is also South-East facing
For the MotoGP races Village B is known as the Marquez Fan Stand.
What's the view like?
Village B has a great view of Village, the Loop and Aintree. To see more of the action as it heads down the Wellington Straight you again need to be in the top row or two. Or, sit on the extreme left hand side of the stand so you can watch the cars as they come past you down Wellington.
Being positioned closer to the outfield section, from the higher rows you can actually see over the fence to Maggots and Becketts, and a bit of Chapel. There might be a few structures and fences that are slightly in the way, but from here you can see most of the action on that bit of the track too.
The image below shows the sections of track visible from Village B highlighted in pink. The outfield section is only lightly coloured as this can’t be seen from everywhere, but it definitely can from the higher rows.
The video shot from one of the top rows in the Village B stand shows that you can see all the action on the infield section and also over to Maggots, Becketts and Chapel.
Village B grandstand seating plan
Below is the seating Plan for Village B grandstand. Enter your name and email in the boxes below and the full hi-res plan will be sent straight to your inbox.
The rows go from A (front / lowest) to S (back / highest) and seat numbers go from 1 (closest to Village corner) to 153 (closest to the Wellington Straight).
My suggestion to get the best seats would be to aim for highest rows as possible that are as close to the Wellington Straight as you can get them. This will mean the higher seat numbers. Being high and to the left means you can see all the infield section, plus more of the Wellington Straight and the outfield corners as well.
Adjacent to the Village B grandstand is the Village Enclosure. This is a premium hospitality area that borders the fence alongside the Wellington Straight. Any tickets to the Village Enclosure at Silverstone also get you a seat in the Village B grandstand.
Other Silverstone Grandstands
Check out my spectating guides for all other grandstands at Silverstone:
- Abbey grandstands
- Becketts grandstands
- Chapel grandstand
- Club corner grandstands
- Copse grandstands
- Farm Curve grandstands
- Hamilton Straight grandstands
- Luffield grandstands
- National Pit Straight grandstands
- Stowe grandstands
- Stirling grandstands
- The View grandstands
- Vale grandstands
- Village grandstands
- Woodcote grandstands
Nearest spectator entrances
The best entrance to use to get the Village corner is the main entrance, gate 19.
For a full list of all Silverstone spectator entrance gates and their location, see our other article.