Epsom Derby festival, the most iconic of all sporting events in the UK, takes place at the magnificent Epsom Downs Racecourse. As per the available records the first race took place in 1661 and has been taking place each year since. Initially the distance for running the race was 1 mile which was later on increased to 1 mile 4 furlongs and 10 yards (2,423 m) which is applicable till date.
|Date||Friday 4th June 2010 to Sunday 5th June 2016|
|Location||Epsom Downs Racecourse|
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Epsom Downs Racecourse
|Telephone No.||01372 726311|
|Disabled facilities||Disabled racegoers can avail preferential parking, accessible toilets, a reserved viewing platform on the rails, ramp and lift facilities.|
|Parking||Free of charge and ample parking available and at many fixtures. |
However, it is advisable to pre-book parking space in advance for the Epsom Derby meeting by contacting the racecourse.
|Opening times||Call for fixture list, or see special events|
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The horses which take part are thoroughbreds and have to be three years old, and the type of race is called flat racing due to a level track and a predetermined distance on which the race takes place. The festival takes place in the month of June each year.
Some of the famous sections at Epsom Downs Racecourse are the Queen's Stand, where conferences and business meetings can be accommodated, and the Grand Stand which is currently undergoing an impressive makeover. A new Holiday Inn hotel is also scheduled to open after the Derby Festival.
Ladies Day, which will be held on the 6th June this year, is an event which every race spectator looks forward to. Ladies can dress up to their attractive best, and one lucky lady can go on to win the 'Style on The Downs' competition prize.
Derby Day follows the Ladies Day and is on the 7th June. The popularity of the event means that the viewing areas are quickly sold off although there is always hope for the ardent fan.
The different enclosures where one can savour the festivities with a picnic atmosphere and gourmet food are:
- 1. The Queen's Stand
- 2. Grandstand Enclosure
- 3. Tattenham Straight
- 4. The Tattenham Picnic Area
- 5. Lonsdale
- 6. Walton
- 7. Upper Tattenham
- 8. The Hill