Epsom Derby this weekend

June 1st 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Epsom Derby this weekend

Epsom Derby Day on Saturday 2nd June 2018 has got to be one of the greatest horse racing dates in the British summer calendar. The widening appeal of race days means everyone can enjoy the carnival atmosphere and picnics on the Hill as well as the horse racing. Amongst the seven races is one of the supreme tests of horses The Derby with a prize pot of £1.5 million.

There will, of course, be top hat and tails in the Queen’s Stand but there is also loads of musical entertainment. This year the music is topped off by a post DJ set from BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley, on the Hyperion Lawn in the Duchess’s Stand.

Of course, the Derby is also a historical event. In a year that is celebrating the 100th year of women first gaining the vote in the UK, it is fitting to remember the dramatic events of the 1913 Derby.  Perhaps one of the most sensational races in the Epsom Derby’s history when protesting suffragette, Miss Emily Davison brought down the King’s horse by running onto the course at Tattenham Corner. Emily was part of the Women’s Social and Political Union, known as the WSPU, led by Emmeline Pankhurst, who defiantly believed that ‘direct action’ would lead to women gaining the vote.

The media’s cover at the time brought forth opinions from one extreme to the other. But the funeral of Emily Davison became an iconic event in women’s suffrage.  It started at Victoria Station where 6,000 suffragists, dressed in white and carrying white lilies, marched through streets to St George’s Church in Bloomsbury, where the funeral took place. The coffin then travelled by train from King’s Cross Station to Newcastle and the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, Morpeth in Northumberland, where 30,000 people attended. Her gravestone bore the WSPU slogan “Deeds not words”.

All this is just a short hop from our Cheam Village office a great way to find out more about living in South West London. We currently have available to rent this conveniently located bungalow to the Epsom Derby. An ideal location with fabulous views to watch the horse racing from. For more information please click here: or to get in touch with our Cheam Village Sales or Lettings department please call: 020 8643 5252.