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The 34th Theydon Bois Donkey Derby

Since its establishment in 1987, the Donkey Derby has become a beloved community event that brings people together for a day of fun and charity, the event is held on Theydon Bois village green and brings not only Theydon Bois together but the surrounding areas like Epping, Abridge, Loughton and even further afield. Supported by Butler & Stag, the event has grown in popularity, attracting over 4000 people each year.

The Donkey Derby is a testament to the power of community spirit. Year after year, the event brings together individuals from newborns to our older generation along with our furry friends, fostering a sense of togetherness and camaraderie. The community's dedication and hard work in organizing the event have contributed to its success and continued growth.

Butler & Stag take great pride in being the main sponsor of the Donkey Derby. Our commitment to the event showcases our dedication to the local community and our appreciation for the hard work put in by the organizers. Butler & Stag's support plays a crucial role in making the Donkey Derby a memorable experience for everyone involved.

One of the highlights of the Donkey Derby is the annual penalty shootout. This engaging activity not only brings out the competitive spirit among participants but also serves a noble cause. All the money raised during the shootout is donated to charity, making it a win-win situation for both the community and those in need.


The Donkey Derby is not just about the events and attractions; it's also about teamwork. The community comes together to set up stalls, assemble goalposts, and erect gazebos. This collaborative effort fosters a strong sense of teamwork and allows participants to take pride in their contributions to the event's success.

The Donkey Derby has something to offer people of all ages and interests. From thrilling fun fair rides to the classic coconut shy, there is no shortage of entertainment options. Local businesses also participate, setting up stalls that showcase their products and services, creating a vibrant marketplace atmosphere.

At the heart of the Donkey Derby is the highly anticipated donkey race held in the centre of the event. This thrilling spectacle draws cheers and laughter from the crowd as donkeys and their riders compete for victory. The race has become a symbol of the Donkey Derby's unique charm and attracts participants and spectators alike.

Butler & Stag express deep gratitude for the overwhelming support they receive from the community every year. The success of the Donkey Derby is a testament to the dedication, enthusiasm, and generosity of the individuals who make it possible. The event's impact extends far beyond a single day, leaving a lasting impression on all those involved.

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