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Ben & Holly come to Epsom Downs Racecourse

Press Release 11th August 2015 Epsom Downs

If you’re looking for a fun day out for all the family on bank holiday Monday 31st August, then look no further than the London Gatwick Family Fun Day at Epsom Downs Racecourse.  

Enjoy an afternoon of great racing and FREE entertainment for the kids including the hugely popular children’s TV characters Ben & Holly who will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day and doing some character narrations, with a narrator recounting tales whilst the characters act out the scenes alongside them.  There will be the opportunity to meet the characters and to have your photo taken with them so don’t forget to bring your camera. 

The day will start with the Epsom Downs Trainers’ Open Day where you and your children get to see what goes on behind the scenes at the training yards, getting up close with the stars of the track, their trainers and stable staff.  The visits commence at 9am until 12noon when the racing yards will be open for you to see the horses in their home environment and chat to the trainers and stable staff who look after them.  There will be a courtesy bus service from Car Park 15 on Tattenham Corner Road to the various yards.  All proceeds from the yard visits will go to the local charity, Epsom Racing Staff Welfare, which provides affordable accommodation and other welfare benefits for Epsom’s racing staff. 

Stables open include:

  • Simon Dow, Clear Height Stables, Derby Stables Road, Epsom
  • Michael Attwater, Tattenham Corner Stables, Tattenham Corner Road, Epsom
  • Roger Ingram, Wendover Stables, Burgh Heath Road, Epsom
  • James Boyle, South Hatch Stables, Burgh Heath Road, Epsom
  • Pat Phelan, Ermyn Lodge, Shepherds Walk, Epsom
  • Roger Teal, Shepherds Walk, Epsom
  • Laura Mongan, Condover Stables, Langley Vale, Epsom


In the afternoon an action packed afternoon of racing and entertainment awaits for the young and old alike with the opportunity to meet TV characters Ben & Holly, a Victorian Carousel, Traditional Helter Skelter, Face painters, Bouncy Castles Slides, Musical entertainment, Crocodile Encounters, Shetland Pony Derby, Kids Races and more!  All children’s entertainment is free. 

This is Epsom Down’s ultimate family day out and this year there will be more complimentary entertainment than ever before for children of all ages, so make sure you arrive early so that you can take full advantage of the fun filled day. It is the perfect way to treat your children to end the school holidays. 
Don’t forget children under 18 accompanied by an adult get in FREE. 


About Epsom Downs Racecourse

Epsom Downs Racecourse has been a venue for the sport of horse racing since the 17th Century, with the first running of The Oaks taking place in 1779 and The Derby a year later.  Since that time the Investec Derby has developed into the World’s Greatest Flat Race and is now part of the unique and vibrant Investec Derby Festival.

2015 will see eleven fantastic racedays including the Investec Derby Festival, Live At the Races with Madness and the Bank Holiday London Gatwick Family Fun Day.  More information is available at 

Epsom Downs Racecourse is part of The Jockey Club, which has been at the heart of British racing for more than 260 years. Today the largest commercial group in the sport, The Jockey Club runs the largest racecourse group in the UK by turnover (2014: £162.9m), courses (15) including those at Aintree, Cheltenham, Epsom Downs and Newmarket, attendances (2014: 1.8m), total prize money (2014: £43.7m), contribution to prize money (2014: £19.1m) and quality racing (Group and Graded races); more than 3,000 acres of world-class training grounds in Newmarket, Lambourn and Epsom Downs; The National Stud breeding enterprise and education provider; and the charity for racing's people in need, Racing Welfare. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny The Jockey Club makes it puts back into British racing.

About London Gatwick

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 200 destinations in 90 countries for more than 38 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the South-East region, generating around 21,000 on-airport jobs and a further 10,000 jobs through related activities. The airport is 28 miles south of London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.
In its December 2013 interim report, the Airports Commission included London Gatwick and Heathrow on its shortlist of potential locations for a new runway in the UK. Expansion at Gatwick will best meet the UK’s aviation needs for the future, can provide the greatest economic boost with the least environmental impact, and a new runway can be operational by 2025.


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