Epsom Derby Festival

02 - 03 June 2023


Each year 125,000 people flock to Epsom Downs on the first weekend in June to celebrate this historic and quintessentially British sporting event.

Epsom Downs Racecourse, a picturesque venue situated on the North Downs that offer panoramic views of London, plays host to two days of high class racing, fashion and entertainment.

To this day, The Derby remains the race that everyone around the world wants to win and boasts an unrivalled roll of honour. First run in 1779, there are few thoroughbred races that can match the Epsom Derby for history and prestige; the number of international races modelled on this Classic is testament to its stature as the “Blue Riband” of the turf.

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Friday 2nd June 2023

Saturday 3rd June 2023


Where to be for the best views

On all racedays excluding the Derby Festival the stands are open as one enclosure allowing racegoers free movement between both the Queen's Stand and the Grandstand.
The Lonsdale Enclosure in the centre of the course is also open on these days but please note there is no access to the Parade Ring, the stands or the concessions in this enclosure.

For Derby Day

The Queens Stand
One of the most impressive stands in British racing, the Queen’s Stand is at the heart of the action. The Queen’s Stand is on the finishing line and above the weighing room with prime viewing of the Winner’s Circle. You can access the Parade Ring and follow horses all the way to the track before taking up a spot to watch the race on the steppings or the Queen’s Stand Lawn. Ticket holders can also access the Duchess’s Stand giving you additional access to bookmakers’ as well main public betting hall and Derby Village.

The Grandstand
The superb Grandstand, where the Duchess's Stand is located, provides an excellent relaxed atmosphere to view the racing from the bookmakers’ ring and extensive steppings to take in all the action. There are also a number of reserved seats for the Derby Festival which you can book with your admission ticket for the day and this will guarantee you a seat for the day. The Grandstand gives you additional access to the Paddock and Bookmakers’ facilities.

The Lonsdale Enclosure
One of the iconic images of the Derby Festival is the famous open top buses that line the closing yards of the track to the finish. Opposite the main stands, the Lonsdale Enclosure is the grass enclosure where you can get right up to the rails and see the horses thunder past. This is a very popular enclosure as you’re right in front of all the action. Food and drink for own consumption can be taken into this area.

The Upper Tattenham Enclosure
This is one of the fastest growing enclosures. With a trackside view all the way down to the pivotal Tattenham Corner, betting facilities and the opportunity see the event unfolding in front of you, it represents excellent value. Food and drink for own consumption can be brought into this area.

Hillside Enclosure
The Hillside Enclosure is a relatively new enclosure designed to provide families with the opportunity to enjoy the renowned atmosphere of the Downs in a safe, family friendly environment. With access to exclusive toilet facilities, bars, betting facilities, picnic tables, catering units serving a variety of options and a big screen to watch the racing, this is a fabulous way for adults and children alike to experience one of Britain's biggest days out in a comfortable, family environment. Plus, there is a host of complimentary entertainment to keep the kids occupied and exercised throughout the day. Food and drink for own consumption can also be brought into this enclosure at no cost.

Dress Codes

What to wear

General raceday dress code is as follow. This dress code is applicable on all racedays except both days of the Derby Festival.
All race meetings (including music nights), excluding the Derby Festival, have the Queen's Stand and Duchess's Stand open as one area that racegoers can freely move between.

The Stands Dress Code
Smart shorts, smart denim jeans (no rips), and trainers are acceptable, but no sleeveless vests or bare tops.

Hospitality Dress Code
Smart casual dress code is required. Jackets, trousers and a collared shirt are encouraged.

Derby Day
The dress code for The Derby can be found through this link http://epsom.thejockeyclub.co.uk/plan-your-race-day/visitor-information/directions-parking/dress-codes/dress-code-Derby-Festival

Travel Information

How to find us


By Train
Epsom Station is connected by both South West Trains and Southern Trains. Connections from London Waterloo & London Victoria. Take a 10 minute taxi or bus ride from the station. Please note that during The Derby Festival a shuttle bus service runs from Epsom station.
Tattenham Corner Station is approximately 1/2 mile walk to the racecourse while Epsom Downs Station is Approximately 1 mile walk to the racecourse.
It is advised that you plan your journey using Transport for London or National Rail.

By Metrobus
Metrobus operates a 460, 480 and 406F service which runs from Epsom Town Centre to Tattenham Corner Station. It is an easy way to reach the racecourse in just 3 stops.

By Road
The racecourse is just a few minutes from Epsom Town Centre on the B290 Epsom Downs Road or alternatively just off junction 9 of the M25. During the racing season, AA signs will mark all major approach routes. If you are using satellite navigation, please key in the postcode: KT18 5LQ.
Alternatively, you can use the AA Route Planner and select KT18 5LQ as destination.


There is plenty of on-site car parking available for all conferences and events held at Epsom Downs Racecourse. During racedays car parking is available at various car parks on-site.
Car parks are clearly signed with prices from £6.