One of Penarth’s most weird and wonderful events is open for participants.


The Downhill Derby is a much-loved fixture of the summer and returns this year on Saturday 13th July. The annual soapbox race attracts thousands of spectators and entrants even travel from overseas.


Organisers have now opened entries for this year and welcome homemade go-kart racers who’ve never taken part before.


Anyone can enter, including under-16’s, as long as the kart is gravity powered, homemade and able to stop!


The event takes place as part of Penarth’s Summer Festival which runs over the weekend of 13th and 14th July at Penarth’s seafront.


Racers travel down a tricky course laid out on 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, with a Lego cup for under-16s, the title of most spectacular kart up for grabs and the ultimate achievement, the 2019 King of the Hill.


Co-founder of the race, Elliot Penn said “This competition is a real labour of love for our volunteers. We’re very proud of how Penarth has embraced the event. Every year gets bigger and better and 2019 is sure to bring thrills and surprises. We welcome all entrants, whether they’re regular racers or new to the Derby.”


Information and entry forms can be found at and enquiries can be made at