Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom, Surrey
The first recorded race meeting in the country took place at Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey in 1661, watched by Charles II; for the past 70 years the Queen has been warmly welcomed here on the annual Derby Day, so it’s a right royal event that you should go along to. Get your favourite clobber out, get all dressed up, big hats and everything, and go and cheer on the nags with gusto; it’s great fun and besides the entertainment on the course, there’s plenty more to see. This is a great thing for groups to do, especially for hen parties and corporate treats; there are restaurants and bars on site, you can hire a private box or an open top double decker bus to watch the race from, and they do discounts for group bookings of 10 or more people.
A bit of history: Epsom Downs Racecourse is where suffragette Emily Davison ran onto the track and brought the king’s horse down in 1913 at Tattenham Corner.
The Derby Day races are run over two days in June, with the first day being Ladies Day.
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