What's On

Fri 02 Jun 2017

Investec Ladies Day

Featured Event
Sat 03 Jun 2017

Investec Derby Day

Featured Event
Thu 20 Jul 2017

Culture Club Live at Epsom Downs

Evening at the Races featuring Culture Club

Exclusive Packages

Make it an experience ...

Investec Derby Luxury Coach Package

Sat 03 Jun 2017 - Sat 03 Jun 2017

  • Grandstand Enclosure
  • Private Luxury Coach
from
£80.00
per person
(based on 16 sharing)

125,000 will flock to Epsom Downs on the first weekend in June to celebrate this historic and quintessentially British sporting event. That being said Racingbreaks are delighted to offer this great experience which offers you the chance to travel in a luxury private coach from London to Epsom Downs Racecourse on Saturday morning, watch the racing and enjoy the day with a Grandstand Enclosure ticket, then travel back to London on the Saturday evening after the racing has finished.

Your Package includes


  • Return Private Coach Travel to and from London to Epsom Downs Racecourse (other locations available)

  • Grandstand Enclosure Tickets for Saturday.

  • Racecard

Ticket information

The spacious Grandstand Enclosure is a great spot to enjoy the action with a large bookmakers’ ring right up to the rail as well as extensive raised steppings guaranteeing a superb view of the racing.

Upgraded tickets are available on request and this Private coach package is also available from Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle

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Investec Derby Luxury Coach Package

Fri 02 Jun 2017 - Fri 02 Jun 2017

  • Grandstand Enclosure
  • Private Luxury Coach
from
£80.00
per person
(based on 16 sharing)

125,000 will flock to Epsom Downs on the first weekend in June to celebrate this historic and quintessentially British sporting event. That being said Racingbreaks are delighted to offer this great experience which offers you the chance to travel in a luxury private coach from London to Epsom Downs Racecourse on Friday morning, watch the racing and enjoy Ladies day with a Grandstand Enclosure ticket, then travel back to London on the Friday evening after the racing has finished.

Your Package includes


  • Return Private Coach Travel to and from London to Epsom Downs Racecourse (other locations available)

  • Grandstand Enclosure Tickets for Ladies day.

  • Racecard

Ticket information

The spacious Grandstand Enclosure is a great spot to enjoy the action with a large bookmakers’ ring right up to the rail as well as extensive raised steppings guaranteeing a superb view of the racing.

Upgraded tickets are available on request and this Private coach package is also available from Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle

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Nutfield Priory Ladies Day 1 Night Package

Fri 02 Jun 2017 - Sat 03 Jun 2017

  • Grandstand Enclosure
  • Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa
from
£159.00
per person
(based on 2 sharing)

Your Package Includes


  • One Nights' Accommodation at the Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa

  • Breakfast on Saturday Morning

  • Grandstand Enclosure Ticket for Ladies Day (Friday)

  • Return Private Transfers to Epsom Downs Racecourse

Additional Information


About the Hotel

Nutfield Priory is a Four Star Country House Hotel & Spa inspired by the Neo-Gothic splendour of the Palace of Westminster. The Victorian Mansion House dates back to 1872 and still has many of its original features.

The hotel features a 2 AA Rosette Restaurant, Health Club and Spa and is set within 12 acres on Nutfield Ridge in Surrey.

About the Tickets

The superb Grandstand, where the Duchess's Stand is located, provides an excellent relaxed atmosphere to view the racing from the bookmakers’ ring and has extensive steppings to take in all the action.

Optional Upgrades

  • Add an additional night at the hotel

  • Add an additional raceday ticket to The Derby on Saturday

  • Upgrade to Reserved Seating in the Grandstand

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Epsom Derby Ladies Day Package

Thu 01 Jun 2017 - Fri 02 Jun 2017

  • Grandstand Enclosure
  • Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa
from
£219.00
per person
(based on 2 sharing)

Your Package Includes


  • One Nights' Accommodation at the Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa

  • 25 minute Spa Treatment

  • Full use of the Spa Facilities

  • Dinner on Thursday Evening

  • Breakfast on Friday Morning

  • Transfer to Epsom Downs Racecourse on Friday Morning

  • Grandstand Enclosure Ticket for Ladies Day

Additional Information


About the Hotel

Nutfield Priory is a Four Star Country House Hotel & Spa inspired by the Neo-Gothic splendour of the Palace of Westminster. The Victorian Mansion House dates back to 1872 and still has many of its original features.

The hotel features a 2 AA Rosette Restaurant, Health Club and Spa and is set within 12 acres on Nutfield Ridge in Surrey.

About the Tickets

The superb Grandstand, where the Duchess's Stand is located, provides an excellent relaxed atmosphere to view the racing from the bookmakers’ ring and has extensive steppings to take in all the action.

Spa Treatment Options

Choose from: Facial, Tired Eye Treatment, Full Body Scrub, Back Neck & Shoulder Massage or Shape & Polish for Fingers or Toes.

Optional Upgrades

  • Upgrade to a 55 minute Spa Treatment

  • Add an additional night at the hotel

  • Upgrade to Reserved Seating in the Grandstand

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Nutfield Priory Derby Day 2 Night Package

Fri 02 Jun 2017 - Sun 04 Jun 2017

  • Grandstand Enclosure
  • Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa
from
£339.00
per person
(based on 2 sharing)

Your Package Includes


  • Two Nights' Accommodation in a Junior Suite at the Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa

  • Breakfast each Morning

  • Grandstand Enclosure Ticket for Derby Day

  • Return Private Transfers to Epsom Downs Racecourse

Additional Information


About the Hotel

Nutfield Priory is a Four Star Country House Hotel & Spa inspired by the Neo-Gothic splendour of the Palace of Westminster. The Victorian Mansion House dates back to 1872 and still has many of its original features.

The hotel features a 2 AA Rosette Restaurant, Health Club and Spa and is set within 12 acres on Nutfield Ridge in Surrey.

About the Tickets

The superb Grandstand, where the Duchess's Stand is located, provides an excellent relaxed atmosphere to view the racing from the bookmakers’ ring and has extensive steppings to take in all the action.

Optional Upgrades

  • Add an additional night at the hotel

  • Add an additional raceday ticket to Ladies Day on Friday

  • Upgrade to Reserved Seating in the Grandstand

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Recommended Packages

Hotel and tickets ...

Investec Derby Classic Package

Sat 03 Jun 2017

  • Queens Stand

    Adult

  • Holiday Inn London - Sutton

    Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

from
£242.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information

The Queen’s Stand is on the finishing line and above the weighing room with prime viewing of both the Winner’s Circle and the finishing straight. 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 as main public betting hall and Champagne lawn.

Hotel information

Set in South London off the A232 road, this modern hotel with a brick exterior is an 11-minute walk from Sutton train station, 4 miles from Wimbledon and 5.5 miles from Epsom Downs racecourse. Contemporary rooms feature Wi-Fi (fee), flat-screen TVs, desks and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Upgraded rooms add complimentary refreshments and bottled water. Kids 19 and under stay free. Amenities include a casual international restaurant and a bar. There's also an indoor pool with a whirlpool, a spa with a sauna and beauty treatments and a gym.

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Enclosures

Where to be for the best views

On all racedays excluding the Investec 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 Investec 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 Champagne lawn.

The Grand Stand

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 Investec 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 iconic images of the Investec 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.

Family Enclosure on The Hill

The Family Enclosure On The Hill 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.

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Travel Information

How to find us

Directions

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 Investec 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.

Parking

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.

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 Investec Derby Festival.

All race meetings (including music nights), excluding the Investec 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.

Investec Derby Day

The dress code for The Investec Derby day 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

Racecourse Information

The History

Epsom Downs is the home of the derby, the greatest flat race on earth. Steeped in history and tradition, Epsom Downs is just 17 miles from central London, so hotel accommodation for visitors is plentiful both in and out of the capital. British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli called to mind part of the insignia of the Order Of The Garter when describing the Epsom Derby as the ‘blue ribbon’ of the turf. The rising ground at the beginning, the sharp bend at Tattenham Corner, followed by the steep descent of 40 feet in 300 yards makes the Epsom Derby a true test of the thoroughbred and a jockey. Lester Piggott was a legend round the track, winning his first Derby in 1954 on the appropriately named Never Say Die.

Early History

Although horseracing was banned under the Commonwealth (1649-60), upon its demise, the first recorded race meeting in the country took place at Epsom on 7 March 1661, in the presence of Charles II. Throughout the fluctuating fortunes in the town, race meetings on the downs became a regular feature from 1730, with prizes of cups and plates provided by the local nobility.

The Foundation of the Derby and Oaks

Its status as the world’s leading middle distance race for three-year-old colts has stood the test of time since the inaugural running in 1780, after the 12th Earl of Derby won a coin toss with Sir Charles Bunbury to name the race.

The two aristocrats wanted a companion for the Oaks – named after Lord Derby’s hunting lodge – that was run for the first time in 1779 when the Earl of Derby’s filly Bridget won the race.

At the Epsom May Meeting in 1778, Lord Derby invited a party of friends to his house, The Oaks, where it was proposed, that a single race over one and a half miles for three-year-old fillies would add some spice to the meeting the following year. The race, named after Lord Derby’s house, was first run on 14 May 1779, and was appropriately, won by Lord Derby’s Bridget, the well-backed favourite. The race was considered a great success and as a result, another new race for both colts and fillies was planned for the following year.

Legend has it that the 12th Earl of Derby and Sir Charles Bunbury (the leading figure in the Jockey Club, who was staying at The Oaks) spun a coin as to whether the race should be called the Derby or, the Bunbury Stakes. The first running of the Derby Stakes was over a mile and although Lord Derby won the toss of the coin, it was Sir Charles Bunbury who owned the first winner – Diomed. The current Derby course was first used in 1872 after complaints that the 1-in-18 gradient of the first 500 yards of the new 1848 course disproportionately influenced results.

The Prince’s Stand

The Stand dates in its present form from 1879, when the original Regency stand, built in 1784, was altered and enlarged. Used by the Prince of Wales, later King George IV, it housed the royal party celebrations when the Prince won the Derby with Sir Thomas in 1788. Up until 1829, it was the only permanent building on the Downs, although by 1831, when the Princess Victoria visited Epsom, it was struggling to keep the royal entourage comfortably ensconced.

In 1940, soon after the outbreak of war, racing at Epsom was abandoned for the duration and given over to the military; the Prince’s Stand was then commandeered as the Officers Mess. In 1979, as part of the celebrations for Derby 200, the Prince’s Stand was extensively refurbished and its continued use links together more than 22 decades of history.

The Great Metropolitan and City and Suburban Handicaps

Now run at the one-day, Spring Meeting, were the very first two races to be sponsored. With the Epsom management struggling to put up enough prize money, Samuel Beeton, a publican in Milk Street, opened a subscription for the first handicap and then, persuaded his fellow publicans in Fleet Street to follow suit.

At that time, many London pubs served both as betting shops and ale-houses. “The Great Met,” as it became known, was first run in 1846, and run over 2m 2f, until 1985, when changed to 1m 4f. The City and Suburban, run over 1m 2f, followed in 1851, with subscriptions raised from pubs in the City of London, stretching out to the suburbs – hence its name. Incidentally, the first occasion the photo-finish camera was used in Great Britain, was at Epsom, on 22 April 1947, to determine the placings for The Great Metropolitan Handicap.

Modern day Epsom

Epsom racecourse has moved into the 21st century with a succession of notable improvements. The Queen's Stand was opened by Her Majesty in 1992 (Derby won by Dr Devious), with the use of a new paddock behind the stands. In 1993 (Derby winner Commander-in-Chief), the first large screen was erected in the home straight; full colour racecards appeared in 1995 and most recently, the Duchess's Stand was opened by The Duchess of Cornwall in 2009 (Oaks winner Sariska). A year later, the 120 bedroom hotel, Holiday Inn Express, opened on the site of the old paddock, bringing the convenience of an overnight stay.

Meanwhile, after racing, an enterprising management has given Epsom Downs a series of top quality pop concerts, including, Boyzone and James Blunt as well as Blondie, who entertained a crowd of 13,000 on a warm July evening. Another summer highlight is the now traditional August Bank Holiday Family Fun Day which follows on from the Epsom Training Yards open day the day before.