Don’t miss Hickstead’s top class Derby meeting

The Al Shire’aa Hickstead Derby is one of the most popular events in the British equestrian calendar and is fast approaching.

The Derby meeting at Hickstead takes place from June 20-13 this year, and offers the chance to see top class competitors in action.

Last year William Funnell joined Harvey Smith, Eddie Macken, and John and Michael Whitaker as a four-time winner of the Al Shira’aa Derby. Can he go one better this year to make history?

William Funnell

Around 45,000 spectators are expected to flock to the West Sussex showground in June, with visitor numbers peaking during the famous Al Shira’aa Derby on the Sunday afternoon.

The Derby course is outstandingly tricky, with iconic obstacles such as the Derby Bank, the Devil’s Dyke and the double of water ditches guaranteeing plenty of thrills and spills for spectators.

William Funnell coming down Hickstead’s Derby Bank at a past meeting. Photo: Nigel Goddard

But as well as the eight busy rings of equestrian action, there is a lot more to see and do during the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting.  A new family zone will feature a funfair, with half price rides on Thursday and Friday, as well as entertainment from popular local company Tomfoolery.

Admission is free for all children under five for the duration of the show, with discounts available for children aged five to 14, pensioners and on family tickets.

There are more than 150 stands in the Charles Owen Shopping Village, giving shoppers the chance to browse many of the leading countryside brands.

This year, there is free general admission on the Thursday of the show, to encourage people to come along to experience the outstanding shopping for themselves.

There is also the wide range of bars and eateries, from the street food vans, the artisan food hall or one of the many bars and restaurants, all the way up to fine dining in one of the hospitality options.

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