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Epsom's Derby Festival Week

EpsomDerbyFestivalWeekFriday 25 May - Saturday 2 June (Derby Day)
Epsom Town Centre
Enjoy a week of events to celebrate Epsom's connection with the greatest flat race in the world, The Investce Derby. Over the week there will be Fashion Shows, Movie and Afternoon Tea, Charity Race Night, Sunday Market, History Walks, Children's Fair and activities and ending with Epsom Derby Festival Party Night sponsored by TWM Solicitors a free concert in the marketplace from 5pm - 9pm. For more info visit:

Derby Festival Fashion Shows
Friday 25 May to Saturday 26 May; 11am - 4pm
The Ashley Centre, High Street, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AB
The Ashley Centre will be displaying the must haves for the season and showcasing ideas of what to wear to the races. There will be fashion shows on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May from 11am until 4pm on the hour each hour. The Fashion Shows at 1pm will include three models from The Sunnybank Trust, one of The Ashley Centre’s chosen charities.  This is a must-see event for fashion conscious racing fans! During the two days beauty advisers will also be on hand from 11am until 4pm demonstrating make up tips and stunning make overs. Customers will be able to take advantage of free hand massages being offered throughout the day.
Derby Day the film + Afternoon Tea
Friday 25 May; 1pm - 4pm
Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL
Derby Day is a 1952 British drama film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Anna Neagle,Michael Wilding, Googie Withers, John McCallum and Alfie Bass. An ensemble piece, it portrays several characters on their way to the Derby Day races at Epsom Downs Racecourse. It cleverly blends dramatic, romantic and comic elements, including the woman and lover who have murdered her husband, and the working class couple who are excited about their chance to go to the races, but end up listening to it on the radio in the car-park because they’ve got such a bad view. After the film join us in The Bar for tea/coffee and a slice of cake. Tickets are £5 with £2 going to the Mayor's Charities.BHM_DerbyHistoryWalks

Local history walks! Epsom’s Dodgy Derby’s, dark deeds and ghosts
Sunday 27 May; 4pm-5.30pm
Monday 28 May; 2pm-3.30pm and 7.30pm-9pm
Tuesday 29 May; 2pm-3.30pm and 7.30pm-9pm
Wednesday 30 May; 11am-12.30pm
Meet by the Clock Tower, Epsom Market Place
Look beneath Epsom’s respectable surface whilst you stroll around its ancient town centre. Discover dark deeds, wrongdoings and ghosts who won’t rest in peace. Hear tales of Epsom’s own highwayman and the life of the evil Lord Rochester, together with the even more wicked Lord Lyttleton. Discover the time when a visit to Epsom started a battle! Epsom’s spa was the height of fashion but the behaviour of some visitors was not as elevated as their pedigree such as Lord Baltimore. Hear how the 1919 Derby lead to the Epsom riot! Also discover why the 1844 race was the most crooked ever run, Please meet by the Clock Tower. Cost £5 per person. Places limited to 25, to book contact: David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, and Surrey, KT17 1UF Tel 020 8394 1734. Email    


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