Donkey Derby to roll up in Peacehaven

Donkey race in Peacehaven
Donkey race in Peacehaven

The organisers of Peacehaven Donkey Derby are appealing for child jockeys to take part in the traditional summer races.

The annual event will take place on Sunday July 12 at the Dell just off South Coast Road with the first races starting at 1pm.

Peacehaven mayor Robert Robertson and Telscombe mayor Wayne Botting will open the event, which is organised by Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford Lions.

The day will feature donkey races with child jockeys, stalls and a bar, as well as cakes, coffee and tea.

The Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions will run a beer tent, there will be a fun fair, tombola and bricabrac.

And there will be games, crockery smashing, Punch and Judy and donkey rides for young children.

The event will finish at around 4.30pm.

It is one of the group’s largest fundraisers and a fixture of the summer for Peacehaven and Seaford residents.

The Seaford Half Marathon, together with the Donkey Derby in Peacehaven and Seaford raised between £15,000 and £20,000 a year.

Money goes into a fund administered by the Lions and local community groups and charities can apply for grants .

Peacehaven Donkey Derby attracts crowds of 5,000 and has been running for more than 20 years.

Lions president Trevor Gomersall said: “Lions are all about having fun and serving the community.

“Our motto is service above self so come along and support us to help your local community.”

Donkey riders are also needed for the Seaford Donkey Derby which will be held on Monday August 31.

Children will need parental consent to take part and be experienced riders who are capable of rising without a saddle and stirrups.

They will also need to be aged ten to 15, weigh no more than 51kg (8 stones) and have and wear their own correctly fitted hard riding hat and suitable clothing.

If you would like to take part in the Donkey Derby races send an email to giving details of the child’s name and date of birth, plus address and telephone number and name of parent authorising the child’s entry.