The Derby Festival in Britain

The first racing event held at Epsom Downs Racecourse was recorded in 166. Its magnificent surroundings, rolling green landscapes and peaceful location have seen Epsom Downs Racecourse remain a favorite. The Derby Festival was established in 1779 by the 12th Earl of Derby, and over the years spectator numbers have grown. This year, the Derby Festival will be held on the 6th and the 7th of June, with thousands filling the stands and close to six hundred million watching from the comfort of their homes.

Organizers of the Derby Festival have noticed an increase in support of the festival, with tickets to this spectacular racing event being sold out weeks before the start. Even additional marquees tents have been added to accommodate a greater number of spectators.

The Derby Festival also serves as an elegant venue for companies to entertain their clients, with professional staff, great food and gracious facilities. The stands and marquees are sectioned off, with the Winning Post offering stylish tables for guests, a good view of the winning post and lounge suits are the required dress code. The Tattenham Corner is a little more relaxed, with a smart casual dress code, a view of the winning straight and superb hospitality.

After the Queen has officially opened the Derby Festival, by arriving at the racing event in a horse drawn carriage, Friday the 6th, known as Ladies Day, gets underway with the featured race of the day being The Oaks. It is the day where the ladies come to the races in their most extravagantly designed outfits to stand a chance at winning a brand new Jeep, which is this year’s prize. Derby Day takes place on Saturday 7 June 2008 and is known as one of the most anticipated flat horse racing events in the world. With more than a million pounds at stake, the three year olds will be battling it out for victory and a wealthy purse.

As tickets to this breathtaking horse racing event are selling out at record speed, racing enthusiasts are urged to secure their seats at the Derby Festival as soon as possible. With style, elegance, thrills and excitement waiting for spectators in June, Epsom Downs Racecourse is the place to be. The Derby Festival is a horse racing experience that cannot be compared, and is likely to retain its title as a premier racing event in the industry.