Penarth’s Downhill Derby 2024 Open for Entries

Penarth’s wackiest event of the year is officially open for entries.

The Downhill Derby is the pride of the Penarth Summer Festival weekend, scheduled for Saturday 13th July on Penarth’s seafront. The event attracts thousands of spectators and entrants travel from far and wide to participate in the annual soapbox race.

Organisers especially welcome homemade go-kart racers who’ve never taken part before. Anyone can enter, including under-16’s, as long as the kart is human powered, homemade and able to stop!

Racers will rattle down the 300m length of Cliff Hill, with a finish line outside the Yacht Club. Karts battle against chicanes, water hazards and ramp jumps against the backdrop of the vibrant carnival atmosphere.

Prizes are awarded for speed and creativity in each age group and special prizes include most spectacular kart and the hotly contested 2024 King of the Hill title.

Co-founder of the race, Elliot Penn said, “We’re very proud of how Penarth has embraced the event. Every year gets bigger and better and 2024 is sure to bring new thrills and surprises. We welcome all entrants, whether they’re regular racers or new to the Derby.”

Entry is free!

More information and entry forms can be found at and enquiries can be made at or via the Downhill Derby Facebook Page.