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About Epsom

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Epsom is a market town in Surrey, England, 13.7 miles (22.0 km) south-west of London, between Ashtead and Ewell. It is also lucky enough to be in the area covered by DarkStar Discos, the Epsom marquee hire experts.

The town straddles chalk down-land (Epsom Downs) and the upper Thanet Formation. Epsom Downs Racecourse holds The Derby, now a generic name for sports competitions in English-speaking countries.

Epsom lies within the Copthorne Hundred used for periodic, strategic meetings of the wealthy and powerful in Anglo-Saxon England, and later having a Hundred Court. The name of Epsom is early recorded as forms of Ebba's ham (home or perhaps manor). Ebba was a Saxon landowner. Many settlements by springs in Anglo-Saxon England were founded at the foot of dry valleys such as here and Effingham, Bookham, Cheam, Sutton, Carshalton, Croydon and Bromley. A relic from this period is a 7th-century brooch found in Epsom and now in the British Museum.

The town also gives its name to Epsom salts, originally extracted from mineral waters there. By the end of the Georgian period, Epsom was known as a spa town. Remnants of this are its water pump and multiple exhibits in the town's museum. There were entertainments at the Assembly Rooms (built c. 1690 and now a pub). A green-buffered housing estate has now been built upon the wells in the south-west of the town.

Within the centuries-old boundaries is Epsom Downs Racecourse which features two of the five English Classic horse races; The Derby and The Oaks, which were first run in 1780 and 1779 respectively. On 4 June 1913, Emily Davison, a militant women's suffrage activist, stepped in front of King George V's horse running in the Derby, sustaining fatal injuries.


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Epsom Travel Links

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Rail -
Epsom railway station has frequent rail services to London and other local towns operated by the Southern and South Western Railway franchises. The town's other station, Epsom Town, was closed in 1929; although most of the listed buildings remain. The station is of historic interest being the arrival point for Queen Victoria and her entourage prior to taking a carriage up to Epsom Downs. Two other railway lines were built to serve the Epsom Downs Racecourse, with termini at Epsom Downs and Tattenham Corner. The Horton Light Railway was built around 1905, as a branch from the main line near Ewell West Station, to deliver building materials to the mental hospitals being built on what is now Horton Country Park.

Bus -
Bus services connect Epsom to neighbouring areas and a regular service connects with the London Underground at Morden. Some bus services are commercial, some run with the support of Surrey County Council, and others under contract to London Buses. Coach company Epsom Coaches and their bus division Quality Line are based in the town.

Road -
The A24 passes through the centre of the town. The M25 motorway can be joined at Junction 9 Leatherhead, via the A24 south. The B280 runs from Epsom (West Hill) through Malden Rushett (A243) to Oxshott.

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Taxi Firms in Epsom

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With so much to do within Epsom and the neighbouring towns, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside, it's worth renting a car or jumping in a taxi to see the local sights.

Epsom is well served when it comes to getting a taxi as there are local firms such as Viceroy Cars, Xpert Cars and Epsom and Ewell Cars.



Hotels and Guest Houses in Epsom

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Travelodge Epsom Central -
Across from Epsom train station, this contemporary budget hotel is 3.2 miles from Chessington World of Adventures amusement park and 8.6 miles from Hampton Court Palace, the seat of Henry VIII. The casual rooms come with custom-designed beds, desks, TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi with restrictions, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities. Family rooms are available, and children age 15 and under stay free. There's no parking but the Ebbisham Centre Car Park is 2 minutes' walk away.

Premier Inn Epsom South -
Surrounded by the greenery of Burgh Heath, this modern no-frills hotel is a 6-minute drive from Epsom Downs race course. Rooms range from singles to family rooms with 2 pull-out beds, where kids aged 15 and under eat and stay free with paying adults. In-room amenities feature free Wi-Fi, pillow-top mattresses and en suite bathrooms with showers, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities, TVs and desks. There's an adjoining Brewers Fayre pub/restaurant and free parking. Breakfast (an extra cost) includes all-you-can-eat and light choices. There's also a meeting room that can accommodate up to 50 delegates.

Broadway Lodge -
Off the A3, this traditional, family-run B&B housed in an unpretentious home is 3.6 miles from the Chessington World of Adventures theme park and 5.7 miles from historic Hampton Court Palace. Cosy rooms are decorated in a simple, warm fashion and come with en suite bathrooms, TVs and free Wi-Fi, as well as minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. A full English or continental breakfast is included, and there's an outside dining area.



Places to Get Married in Epsom

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Ewell Court House -
With its fascinating past offers the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Set in beautiful, historical grounds complete with fountains, cascades, rock pools and its own secret grotto, the Grade II listed house stands proud at the entrance to the extensive green flag parkland. Its colourful history dates back to the late 1730s when Alexander Bridges moved into the original building on the land, Avenue House. In 1892, John Henry Bridges, who was high in County society, remodelled the house to make it suitable for grand Victorian entertaining.

The house takes bookings for room hire which is much favoured as a wedding venue as well as hosting meetings and various community activities. The beautifully renovated celebration and meeting rooms are regularly used and sets the perfect scene for any occasion. There are many excellent features throughout the house including the magnificent reception area, decorative ceilings, wood panelling, polished wooden floors, stained glass windows and the tegula paved terrace overlooking the lake.

Ewell Court House can accommodate 90 guests for your wedding breakfast and 120 guests for an evening party. The maximum seating available for ceremonies is 100. Ewell Court House is also not tied to an in-house caterer. Instead we have a list of approved caterers. With the provision of relevant references and certification any new professional caterer can be added to the approved list.

Nonsuch Mansion, Epsom –
Imagine an amazing setting, an atmosphere buzzing with excitement and emotion, sensational food, attentive service, flowing drinks, great music, happy guests… Nonsuch Mansion has a maximum capacity of up to 120 seated guests and 200 standing guests. Now put yourself at the heart of it all for your special day.

There are two key components to any successful wedding: the essentials which make it happen and the details which make it yours. The essentials: a stunning setting that you both love, an entire mansion available exclusively for your family and friends, absolutely delicious food that will wow everyone…

The details: planning your wedding with people who like to say “yes”, biting into a bespoke menu, dancing to the coolest DJ in town, leaving by lantern lit pathways…Yours could be a wedding dream come true at Nonsuch Mansion.

Woodlands Park Hotel, Cobham near Epsom -
Woodlands Park Hotel in Cobham, Surrey, near Leatherhead and Cobham, was originally commissioned by English industrialist William Bryant, son of the founder of the match company Bryant and May. Built in 1885, the house was a modern marvel and one of the first in the UK to have electric light. Over a century on, the house remains as impressive as ever.

Situated near to Cobham and within easy access of London, this 57-bedroom hotel is set in landscaped grounds and gardens, making our hotel one of the most perfect wedding venues in Surrey. Offering a range of classic and executive bedrooms and suites, Woodlands Park has a choice of bedrooms to suit everyone. It has two great restaurants: the wood panelled Oak Room and the more contemporary Bensons Restaurant.

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Event Planning in Epsom

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Complete your event in Epsom with DarkStar Discos, the Epsom marquee hire experts who offer the following services which can reduce your event planning stress. Bars - you don't need to spend too much time looking for the perfect drinks for your event, we have a team that can take care of that for you. Lights - no need to stress out in finding and setting up the lights for your event. DJ and Staffing - let our DJ take care of the music for your event. Our staff will also be the ones taking care of the needs of your guests. You might also want to consider asking us to arrange the following services for your event: Professional Photographer, Event Transportation and Event Catering. For all your event-planning needs, contact DarkStar Discos, the Epsom marquee hire experts.



Top Restaurants in Epsom

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El Rincon –
This Spanish restaurant has been serving truly authentic Spanish cuisine since 1992. Run by brothers José Antonio, Carlos and Conchita. If you're looking for quality Spanish tapas in Epsom, Surrey, then El Rincon is the only place you need. Tapas originally began as a small dish to enjoy while having a drink with friends. Now, this authentic Tapas bar is soaring in popularity, with many people enjoying the variety and flexibility of a range of tapas dishes as well as their world renowned, home-made paella. They have a choice of two set menus of three courses midweek and one for weekends. This family run Spanish Restaurant in Surrey is the ideal place to go to enjoy quality Spanish food in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The Neapolitan Kitchen -
Step through the door of this former 16th century Roman tavern to find a warm, vibrant restaurant featuring a rustic Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Tradition, family, perfection and warmth are just few of the ingredients that make this restaurant. Their passion is to cordially serve a real taste of Italian cuisine. Here in the heart of Surrey, Chef patron Enzo Baldascino offers his guests a truly new experience in eating out. Whilst offering a fine dining service, you will enjoy the most exquisite traditional Italian food, with authentic homemade dishes only found in the heart of Italy.

Café Rouge, Epsom -
The Café Rouge Epsom restaurant has been designed with beauty as the focus. As you enter the bistro to the left-hand side there is an impressive illuminated vintage perfume bottle on display. Next to the bar they offer a very intimate space in the window with a stunning decorative pendant above; and for those really special moments our restaurant features two 'love benches' to share a meal with that someone special. Whatever the time of day, they have a dish to suit your mood; from steak frites and boeuf bourguignon to a selection of croques, baguettes and vegan options too – all on their menu of classic French food with a contemporary twist. Being only a one-minute walk from Epsom station, the café’s location makes it the perfect place to meet up with friends. Catch up in the sun on our terrace or dine in the restaurant. Pop by and experience the best bistro in Epsom.


Top Things to do in Epsom

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Epsom Racecourse -
Epsom Downs is a Grade 1 racecourse on the hills associated with Epsom in Surrey, England which is used for thoroughbred horse racing. The "Downs" referred to in the name are part of the North Downs. The course, which has a crowd capacity of 130,000 when taking into account people watching from the Epsom Downs, an area freely available to the public, is best known for hosting the Derby Stakes which has come to be widely referred to as The Derby (note, 'Epsom' is not part of the title of the race), the United Kingdom's premier thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old colts and fillies, over a mile and a half (2400 m). It also hosts the Oaks Stakes (also widely referred to as The Oaks) for three-year-old fillies, and the Coronation Cup for horses aged four years and upwards. All three races are Group 1 races and run over the same course and distance. The course, owned by the Jockey Club, has enjoyed a long association with the British Royal Family, with the Queen attending most years for the Derby.

Chessington World of Adventure, near Epsom -
Chessington World of Adventures Resort now offers a theme park with over 40 rides and attractions a Zoo and Sealife centre with over 1000 animals, and an onsite Resort Hotel with 150 bedrooms. The latest attractions include launching an exclusive live show ‘Penguins of Madagascar Live: Operation Cheezy Dibbles’. The Resort also welcomed a newly themed Penguins of Madagascar ride for young adventurers and a brand new enclosure for our resident Humboldt penguins, including a walk-through experience. More recently, The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure opened in Wild Woods (previously Transylvania), replacing family favourite Bubbleworks after 26 years. The Gruffalo was welcomed across the Resort with The Gruffalo Arena, The Gruffalo Gift Shop, The Gruffalo Bites and new fully themed bedrooms within Safari Hotel.

Horton Country Park, near Epsom -
Horton Country Park Local Nature Reserve is situated in Surrey, within the borough of Epsom and Ewell, and it's open all year round. Horton Country Park is 400 acres in size and its recorded history goes back to medieval times. Activities that visitors to the reserve can enjoy include walking, cycling, running, dog walking, nature watching, events, kite flying, orienteering, fruit picking, golf and many more. The starting point for anyone wishing to study the Country Park's wildlife is to know it geology. The Country Park lies on a very thick layer of London Clay unlike the nearby chalk lands of Epsom and Walton Downs. The Country Park holds many wildlife treasures, such as bluebell woods and the Green Woodpecker; the symbol of Horton Country Park. Each time you visit you're sure to see something different.


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Epsom Today

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Epsom nestles in the northern part of Surrey is best known for its racing pedigree, through the internationally famous Epsom Race Course. Yet the area boasts so much more, Epsom’s Playhouse Theatre has a reputation for top quality drama, music and comedy, the nearby Ashley Centre offers all the High Street names and a host of independent retailers. Also in Epsom is The Ebbisham Centre accommodating a variety of rooms for hire, Epsom Library and Chapters Café. The nearby Rainbow Leisure Centre includes a sports hall, 25m swimming pool, a 140-station gym and an indoor bowling hall. Epsom & Ewell is a surprisingly green borough with a variety of parks and open spaces, Horton Country Park Local Nature Reserve, set in 400 acres boasts an excellent children’s farm and a 18 hole golf course. Nonsuch Park with the 1731 Nonsuch Mansion at its heart, is situated between Cheam and Ewell.

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