Epsom Downs is located 3km from Epsom town and 25km from Waterloo. Epsom Downs holds the Derby every year in early June and the Derby is one of the most Classic English Races. Tickets to the Queen’s stand and Duchess’ stand can be bought in advance, alternatively, if you arrive early, you can take a picnic and enjoy the Derby free of charge.
Epsom became famous for its natural mineral water and then became known as a spa town. It was also famous for its Epsom Salts which were originally prepared by boiling down Epsom mineral water. As its popularity grew, more people moved to the area and recreational activities began. The first recorded race meting at Epsom Downs was in 1779 and is named after the organiser, the 12th earl of Derby. The Derby is a high profile race and in 1913, Emily Davison, a suffragette protesting about women’s right to vote threw, herself in front of the King’s horse. She died of her injuries 4 days later.
The Friday before the Derby is ladies day and it hosts the Epsom Oaks race. Tickets to the event can cost from £15 and up to £425 + VAT for the Queen’s Stand Blue ticket which includes drinks and a four course lunch meal. The Coronation Cup also takes place on Ladies’ day. Dress to impress if you are heading to Epsom Downs for Ladies Day. There is a prize for the best dressed woman presented by Laura Bailey, the official face of the Derby. Hats are essential for his unique race.
The Derby is always held on a Saturday in early June. There are many races before the actual Derby race including the five furlong sprint. The Derby race is at 16:00pm. For those looking to indulge their passion in betting on horses, there are a variety of tote stands where bets can be placed.
The Queen’s Stand is where HRH views the Derby. Last year was the first time Katherine Middleton came to Epsom Downs to watch the race. The Queen’s stand has also been used to in many films such as James Bond and TV commercials. It is a great wedding venue as well.
Every year the fair comes to the Derby. There are numerous rides such as the dodgems and attractions for visitors as well as take away foods like burgers, chips, hot dogs. You will not be short of ice cream stands or stalls selling candy floss. Watch your wallet when you come to the Derby as it also draws a lot of pick pocketers.
It is always a great day out at the races. For those with a large group of family and friends, it is fun to bring a picnic and relax on the grounds near the course. If you really want to get a good view of the course arrive early or purchase a ticket to enter the Queen or Duchess stand but remember for the Queen’s Stand, formal dress is required.
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