Case Study: The Epsom Derby

With the sun shining, and just over two weeks to go until the 2019 Investec Derby Festival, what better time to reflect on the time we’ve spent working with the team at Epsom Racecourse over the past few years.

The Greatest Flat Race In The World takes place at Epsom on the first Saturday in June, watched by tens of thousands of people in the racecourse and by millions around the world. It is the highlight of the two day festival, but our work with Epsom ensures that customer experience is sustained at a high level for the duration. Our role incorporates everything from providing production for the after-racing DJs (who have included Jo Whiley, Vogue Williams and more); ensuring protocol is followed around the Royal arrival on Saturday, featuring both a full military band and stunning jumps from the Red Devils; creating a fun, family, festival vibe in the Hillside enclosure as well as providing memorable walkabout entertainment around the grandstands.

Epsom is a compact site, with a huge amount crammed into it. With the added pressure of only a very short time-window for build across the centre of the course, knowledge of the site, the team and their partners is crucial to delivering the excellent service that both the racecourse and its customers have come to expect. We’re thrilled to have nurtured such a fantastic working relationship with everyone there and to have seen the Festival grow and develop in the past few years, and have no doubt that 2019 will prove to be another one to remember!

“Accept have been working with us to provide entertainment and production across the Investec Derby Festival since 2014. This has included the development of our new family enclosure and the ‘pre-Derby show’ as well as continuing the tradition of great entertainment.  Their knowledge and experience of the event, together with their site awareness provides us with an extra layer of confidence and are very much seen as partners who help to deliver such an iconic event.” – Simon Durrant, General Manager, Epsom Downs Racecourse

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