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The Derby Family Festival

A racing experience for the whole family

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The Derby Family Festival is a ticketed enclosure on The Hill. In a new location for 2023, closer to the action on the racetrack, there will be plenty of family fun to keep everyone from young tots to teens entertained!

With the return of the Main Stage, a new food festival, plus The Racing Showcase, there is something for everyone. All rides and activities within this enclosure are FREE! 

The Derby Festival happens during the May half term so enjoy a fantastic family day out at The Derby Family Festival. 

Picnics are welcome within this area and you can bring foldable chairs and tables, too. Our security team will check picnics at the entrance as limited alcohol is permitted per person. You can see our picnic policy here.

Under 12’s admission FREE!

Half term fun

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There is something to do for everyone in The Derby Family Festival from young tots to teens!

  • Facepainters
  • Big Wheel
  • Carousel
  • Helter-Skelter
  • Soft Play
  • Inflatable Maze
  • Climbing Wall
  • Game Trucks 
  • A quiet space

The Main Stage is back for 2023 with an exciting line-up to keep the kids (and adults!) entertained!

Watch out for

  • Boogie Monsters
  • Comedy Club 4 Kids
  • Magician
  • Boom Circus
  • Bubbleologist
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Half term in full colour

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New for 2023! Choose from a wide range of food and drink stalls
  • Nachos
  • Bratwurst Burgers
  • Souvlaki Shack
  • Burgers
  • Pizza
  • Sushi 
  • Bao Buns
  • Churros
  • Tacos
  • Oysters
  • And much, much more!


Find out more 

The Racing Showcase
Visit our Racing Charity partners to find out more about the racing industry!
  • Pony Rides
  • Test your jockey skills on an equiciser
  • Derby Hoppers
  • Meet a retired racehorse
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Family Fun.

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Your ticket will include:

  • Exclusive access to a bright and colourful, family friendly haven on the famous Hill at the Derby
  • All day entertainment for the whole family, from tots to young teens, parents and grandparents 
  • Take your pick from a fun-packed programme of events and performances
  • Explore and enjoy each zone: entertainment zone, activity zone; food village & picnics zone
  • Welcome to bring your own picnic or choose from a selection of exciting food and drink stalls
  • Never miss a moment of the racing action and much more on the big screens
  • Easily place a bet with the Tote or with a bookmaker
  • Wet weather or shade cover available
  • Dedicated toilet facilities including baby changing


The Derby Festival Map 2023

Plan Your Day

Plan Your Day

All the useful information you need to help plan your day at The Betfred Derby Festival, including key timings, what to wear, how to get here and more.

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Raceday Style

What to wear to The Betfred Derby Festival, whether you're attending as a ticket holder, member or a guest in Hospitality.

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Soak up the carnival atmosphere with live entertainment and music throughout the day at The Betfred Derby Festival.

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