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The Biggest & the Best

epsom derby festival

GUIDE

Fri 31st May & Sat 1st June

2024 

Nightlife

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2024 

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No race on the planet is quite like the Epsom Derby 

The greatest show on turf. The thrill of The Hill. A beacon of buzz. A town on its toes. Epsom plays host to the world as race goers and fun lovers get giddy on colour, gasp in awe at the flowers the size of towers and get lost in the ups of the Downs.

The crown jewel of all races. The one that sired all the others. Historic, unmatchable, eternal. Birthplace of thoroughbred sprinting, it’s one chance for three-year-olds to make history. Champions of the future are found here. Destiny calls, glory beckons.

The Betfred Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse is for everyone, from racing royalty to racing rookie. We open our gates, arms and hearts to the world. In a way, everyone rides The Betfred Derby, being part of it, getting carried away and taking the feel good carniva
l spirit back home.

location

From London, take the A3 tp Epsom (approx. 1 hour from Central London)

racecourse map

Find your way around the racecourse with the Official Map!!!

A little History...

The Derby is an English Group 1 Flat horse race and is contested over 1m 4f and 10yds and takes place at Epsom Downs in Surrey.

 

The race is open to Colts aged 3 years old ONLY and excludes geldings.

The Derby is Britain’s richest race and is generally classed as the middle leg of the triple crown.

With the first leg being the 2,000 Guineas and the final leg being the St Leger.

 

The Derby first came about after a celebration of the Oaks Stakes in 1779 where it was decided that a new race should be planned and should be called after the host, The 12th Earl of Derby or one of his guests Sir Charles Bunbury.

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Her Majesty & the Derby

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Our beloved former sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II, has demonstrated an unwavering dedication and understanding of the breeding, training and racing of the thoroughbred throughout her long reign.

 

The late Queen’s involvement in racehorse ownership began in 1949 and has spanned eight decades. In celebration of her 90th Birthday, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II presented the Derby trophy to the winning connections of the 2016 Derby, the first time during her reign that Her Majesty The Queen has presented this prestigious trophy.

 

Additionally, the Coronation Cup was re-named for 2016 only as The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday

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plan your day

Ladies Day - 31st May 2024

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Evening Entertainment

After Party with Marvin Humes (DJ) for Hospitality guests, Queen Elizabeth II Stand, Duchess's Reserved Seating, Cedric's and Grandstand customers onlyt

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Derby Day - 1st June 2024

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Evening Entertainment

After Party with Vernon Kay (DJ) for Hospitality guests, Queen Elizabeth II Stand, Duchess's Reserved Seating, Cedric's and Grandstand customers only

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Runners & riders

These are the official runners and riders for the Epsom Derby on Sat 1st June at 4.30pm 

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Sweepstake Kit Tip

Just print the list above and cut up each horse plus their odds and then get team to draw from a ‘top hat’ (or bowl, of course), charge a quid and write down the names of the entrants against the horse on another print out. Simples!

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Entry Sheet

Download your sweepstake kit below & then print off and write down the entrants and which horse they’ve picked to run your own sweepstake!!

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hospitality enclosures

It would be remiss to not have a glass of fizz at the festival, we’ve got all the best places to go covered below

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Enclosures

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Family Enclosure

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BBQ on the Hill

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Local Restaurants

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Epsom Hotels

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Disclaimer:

the above room rates were displayed as of May 5th 2024 and may have changed in the meantime. Please do not quote these rates as 'live or as seen' rates as they are only indicative. Thank you. 

Our Favourite Pub

Ye Olde Kings Head

  • 18th Century, Grade II Listed Building - said to be oldest in Epsom .

  • Decorated with horse racing pictures throughout

  • A mixed clientele gives this pub a friendly atmosphere. Reputedly haunted by a female ghost

  • Public car park opposite

  • Address: 26, Church Street, Epsom, KT17 4QB

  • Tel: 01372 729125

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Nearby Nightclub

Fever & Boutique, Epsom

  • Epsom's twin scene nightclub offering two rooms, two DJ's and two venues under one roof.

  • Open to 3am on Friday and Saturday nights (perfect if you are in town for the Derby)

  • Address: 5-9 Spread Eagle Walk, High St 05-Sep, Epsom KT19 8DN

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Epsom - the Place

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Epsom is a town in the borough of Epsom and Ewell in Surrey, England, about 14 miles south of central London. The town is first recorded as Ebesham in the 10th century and its name probably derives from that of a Saxon landowner.

Unlike Royal Ascot, where the dress code guidelines are fairly strict, When it comes to the Epsom Derby there is no box to be confined within, as there are only a few, easy-to-abide-by rules, leaving lots of room for fashion interpretation. Of the two days, Ladies Day has a slightly more relaxed dress code, requiring that, in the Queen's Stand, ladies wear a fascinator or hat and that gentleman wear a jacket, collar and tie. Jeans, shorts, denim and trainers are all considered unacceptable attire.

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General Dress Code

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Queens Stand

Those visiting the Queen's Stand for Derby Day will need to follow a stricter set of requirements. Ladies must wear a 'formal day dress' or trouser suit with a hat or a 'substantial fascinator', while gentlemen must wear either grey or black morning dress with a top hat, service dress or full national costume. In the Grandstand and Grandstand hospitality areas, however, the same rules apply as on Ladies Day.

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