Epsom Derby Festival 2018 - THE GREATEST FLAT RACE IN THE WORLD
The Derby Festival at Epsom incorporating Ladies Day on Friday 1st of June and Britain's richest race, the Derby on Saturday 2nd June, are two of the biggest race days on the British racing calendar. Picnics, parties, people and prestige are the flavour of the Derby Festival and there's a real carnival atmosphere with live entertainment, amusement rides and more.
Join PP for a great value, fun day out at the races.
Summary of Tour Options for Epsom Derby (2018)
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Tour Date: Saturday, 2nd June 2018
Event and PP Tour Information
Britain's richest race and the world's premier flat race, the Derby has been creating champions since its first running in 1780. Set amongst the beautiful and picturesque Surrey countryside, the Epsom Downs Racecourse sits atop the rise proudly in all its glory.
There are two days to the Epsom Derby Festival incorporating Ladies Day on the Friday and the running of the Oaks and, of course, Derby Day on Saturday named after the world's most famous race.
This is one of the major events on the British social calendar. Epsom Ladies Day has all the fashions you would expect from such an event and Derby Day itself is a day that not even the Queen would dare miss out on. Her Majesty has now attended Derby Day for over 70 years and still maintains a horse drawn Royal Procession down the straight each year.
Look at the value inclusions in the PP Travel day tour packages;
* Return coach transport to Epsom Down Racecourse from London. * Picnic style buffet lunch upon arrival * Excellent bar service with quality varieties of red and white wine along with bubbly and beer! * Entrance provided to the Walton Enclosure and Hill Enclosure * Grandstand Enclosure upgrade options and meet there packages available * Tour leader for the day. * Typically great fun and PP organisation.
Derby Day - Running of the Derby: Saturday 2nd of June 2018
The meeting itself dates back to 1780, when the premier race of the meeting was named after the 12th Earl of Derby. Since then the name has become closely associated with the greatest and most prestigious of the world's flat races.
You also have the option of choosing to upgrade to Epsom's grandstand on any of PP's Derby Festival tours. It costs an extra £50 for a grandstand ticket on both the Friday and the Saturday of the meeting. It is here, in the grandstand, that you will have access to the parade ring, a larger range of facilities, be closer to the finishing post and you might also be lucky enough to have the opportunity to rub shoulders with various attending celebrities.
Please note that grandstand upgrades must be requested and paid for at the time of your booking and are subject to availability. Your lunch and drinks will still be served in the Tattenham Enclosure along with all our other guests. You will be issued with a separate entry ticket to the grandstand and you can come and go freely between enclosures.
Meet at Epsom Option:
If you are travelling from other parts of the UK or not from central London, it may be easier for you to make your own way to Epsom and join us at our lunch/party zone before entering the races. We offer a no transport option for £20 less than our coach tours - you get everything that a normal package includes, except the journey from central London to Epsom and back.
At Epsom in 2018 our cold buffet lunch is served right by the coach in the Walton enclosure, inside the last four furlongs of the home straight. The Royal Procession on Derby Day also travels right past our area about a half an hour before the first race which is usually around 2:30pm. You can certainly give the Royals a wave from here as they pass our setup close by.
All our tours include entrance to the Walton Enclosure. There is a more laid back atmosphere here than the main grandstand and there are plenty of facilities including bathrooms, bookmakers, food outlets, bars, live music and much more. With the enclosures proximity to the track, you can cheer the horses on as they gallop down the home straight by the rails. While the racing is certainly first class, it is sometimes the action off the track that can be the main attraction. The colourful clothes, amazing hats and range of outfits on display, coupled with the whole prestige of the Epsom Derby festival, make this awesome social outing and event much more than just a famous race meeting.
Lunch is provided in the Walton Enclosure from midday for all PP passengers. With a drinks service accompanying lunch and into the afternoon.
Frequently Asked Questions about Epsom DerbyWhat tours do we offer?
PP Travel offers a complete day return coach package from London to Epsom Downs Racecourse for Derby Day with a choice of entrance options of either the Walton and Hill Enclosure or the Grandstand Enclosure. Both of these enclosures include entrance to The Hill Enclosure also which is the general admission area of the course in the middle of the track where the carnival and rides are located.
There is also a meet there package where you would make your own way to and from Epsom but receive everything else the same as per the coach package.
We also offer day trips to the Epsom Festival on Friday which is Ladies Day but this option is for coach or meet there group bookings of 40+ only.
Epsom Derby Festival tours all depart from Victoria Embankment near Westminster Pier.
Ladies Day: Friday 2 June 2017: 8:30am.
Derby Day: Saturday 3 June 2017: 8:30am.
Coaches cannot wait past their departure time so please plan to arrive at Embankment at least 30 minutes before departure times. Coaches will be there for loading 30 minutes prior to your departure time. It will not be possible to wait past the allotted departure time.
Victoria Embankment is a 4 minute walk from Westminster underground station.
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There are no other departure points either in London, en-route to Epsom, nor from anywhere else in the UK. However we do have an option for those who want to make their own way to Epsom to meet us at our lunch/party zone and join the tour there for £20 off the normal coach price.
If you have chosen our package without the transport to and from London, you will need to make your own way there to Epsom and meet us at the Tattenham Enclosure where our luncheon and bar will be set-up. Full details will be provided as to where to meet closer to the time.
Our full coach tour packages for the Derby Day Festival include return executive coach from London to Epsom, full and substantial cold buffet style lunch, red or white wine with lunch, along with more bubbles or beer. Walton Enclosure or Grandstand Enclosure entrance ticket, and, as always, an experienced PP Travel Tour Guide.
We offer a discount for groups of 20+ booked and paid by the same person on one invoice at the same time. Please use the promotional code GROUPDISCOUNT when booking online. You will not see a change in price online but the discount will be applied when the PP Travel office staff process your booking.
All our coaches are equipped toilets and heating/air conditioning. Refreshments will be available on the coach but you are unable to bring your own alcohol on board. All our coaches are non-smoking. Each coach has an experienced PP representative to assist passengers.
Epsom Racecourse is situated at the top of the Epsom Downs. Normally it would take about 90-120 minutes from central London, however on race day this can vary due to traffic. We depart Embankment at 8.30am sharp in the morning. On the return journey we depart Epsom at 7.00pm, about 90 minutes after the last race (which is around 5:30pm) is finished, and aim to have you back in London around 9.00pm depending on traffic. Your PP rep will give you instructions on the day.
The buffet luncheon PP Travel provides on all our Epsom Derby Festival tours are extensive. It is a cold buffet and there are plenty of vegetarian options. You will not go hungry, we assure you!
Lunch is served just in front of where the coach is going to be parked in the Walton Enclosure. The area is grassed and we recommend you bring a picnic blanket to sit on. You can bring fold up chairs for lunch if you desire and you can leave your chair under the coach during the day if required. If you are making your own way to the racecourse, it is your responsibility to make your own way to the Walton Enclosure for lunch.
Racing at Epsom over the Derby Day Festival, as well as hosting the richest race in Britain, is a BIG PARTY EVENT - so it would certainly be amiss not to provide drinks with lunch. You have the choice of quality red or white wine with your meal - and there will be plenty provided as well as bubbly and beer. Free non-alcoholic drinks are also available both on the coach journey and throughout lunch at the track.
We encourage all passengers to have adequate travel insurance on our tours as there is always the possibility for injury or loss. If you do not have your own travel insurance at the time of booking your PP Travel tour you can be offered the option to take out a travel insurance policy for the day with our provider.
During the Derby Day Festival meeting there are a number of Bookmakers on the Hill and in the Upper Tattenham and Grandstand Enclosures, as well as numerous TOTE outlets. All of them will be able to provide you with the necessary betting assistance and tools to have a flutter.
As all deposits are non-refundable after 7 days (see booking conditions) and you will lose at least this amount if you cancel. Please note that bookings and names are not transferable. If you have paid in full you may lose more than the deposit depending upon when we receive your written cancellation instructions.