The Jockey Club has today announced details of a series of free activities at Epsom Downs Racecourse over the Platinum Jubilee weekend, including admission to The Hill to watch both days of the Cazoo Derby Festival on June 3rd and 4th.
It will be the first time the racecourse has been able to welcome racing fans and local families onto The Hill for The Derby for three years, after COVID-19 protocols forced the event to be held behind closed doors in 2020 and the closure of The Hill 12 months ago.
However, with a capacity of more than 30,000 in the ticketed enclosures on both the Friday and Saturday and tens of thousands more expected to take their place on The Hill, well over 100,000 people are expected at Epsom Downs over the two days next month.
Phil White, London Regional Director at The Jockey Club, said: “We’re all incredibly excited that this year’s Cazoo Derby is able to take place in front of the proper crowd it deserves for the first time since 2019 and also that it’s a part of the central weekend of Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
“We know that The Queen intends to be with us on Derby Day itself and we’re really hoping that people turn up in their thousands to fill The Hill over the two days and help us create that spectacular carnival atmosphere.
“A Platinum Jubilee is a genuine once in a lifetime occasion for us all to enjoy and we can’t wait for the whole of Epsom to really get into the party spirit, starting on the Bank Holiday Thursday.” Click Here Regarding Bank Holiday Thursday
There are also a number of free activities available on The Hill in the centre of the racecourse for families to enjoy on the two racedays themselves, when the Cazoo Oaks and Cazoo Derby take centre stage on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th June.
With only the last few tickets remaining for the paid enclosures on the racecourse side, on The Hill there will be live music, children’s entertainment, big screens and food and drink available in the free enclosures.
Also on The Hill, The Jockey Club is this year hosting The Jubilee Family Festival, offering a unique racing experience for the whole family.
Hosted by a top team including TV star, presenter and Strictly Come Dancing Star Karim Zeroual, CITV’s Kerry Boyne and model-turned-broadcaster Rosie Tapner, The Jubilee Family Festival will provide non-stop entertainment throughout both Friday and Saturday afternoons.
Children will be given free admission to The Jubilee Family Festival zone, while tickets are from £20 per adult. Families will be treated to music and dance performances from acts including Big Fish Little Fish, Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure, Raymond and Mr Timpkins, Boggle Beats, Thrill Collins and The Flying Seagull Project.
On Saturday 14th May The Epsom Downs Racecourse team will be at Go Epsom Hat Making Workshop in Epsom Square by Epsom Library where you will be able to buy your Cazoo Derby tickets, including an exclusive half price offer for the Jubilee Family Festival on Friday 3rd June.
Roaming acts inside the enclosure will also include Acro Chaps, Jumping Giant Jockeys and Flower Girls, while a helter skelter, big wheel, carousel, bungee trampolines and an inflatable maze will help create a carnival atmosphere as world class horseracing takes place just yards away.
Families are also encouraged to bring picnics to The Hill on both days to help make the Cazoo Derby an occasion to remember.
It is hoped Her Majesty The Queen will also be attending the Cazoo Derby – known as the world’s greatest and most prestigious Flat race – on the Saturday, along with other members of the Royal Family.
To recognise Her Majesty’s contribution to horseracing and her long association with The Derby – which includes missing just two Derby days between her 1953 Coronation and the start of the Coronavirus pandemic – dozens of jockeys wearing The Queen’s famous silks will form a guard of honour to greet her arrival. There will also be a performance from a military band and a spectacular parachute display from the Red Devils.
*The last few tickets for this year’s Cazoo Derby on June 3rd and 4th are still available, but are selling fast. For more details on how to enjoy the three days at Epsom Downs visit thejockeyclub.co.uk/epsom.