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Journey beyond the scone with National Trust property Polesden Lacey

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Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham, DORKING, Surrey, RH5 6BB

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Journey beyond the scone with National Trust property Polesden Lacey


Journey beyond the scone with National Trust property Polesden Lacey

When people think of the National Trust, cream tea is often one of the first things to spring to mind. But there is so much more to experience. This year Polesden Lacey is sharing the secrets that keep a country estate great – taking you beyond the scone. 

“We love Polesden Lacey for its tranquillity, beauty and rich heritage. But few people realise the mammoth task of maintaining, conserving and improving this jewel in the Surrey landscape.

This year we welcome our visitors behind the scenes to experience the fascinating work our teams do, and the challenges they face, to keep Polesden Lacey safe for us all to enjoy.”
Lauren Milsom, Visitor Experience Manager at Polesden Lacey

Some of the activities visitors to Polesden Lacey can enjoy:

Visit the pop-up Conservation Studio to discover the techniques our dedicated team use to care for the textiles and ceramics in the collection - and even have a go yourself

Meet a Polesden Lacey gardener and take an extended tour to learn first-hand how we care for the stunning gardens

Take a ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ with one of our rangers to find out how we protect our estate, which is an area of Special Scientific Interest. You might even find yourself donning a pair of waders and getting stuck in with some pond clearing

Check the website for dates and times of pop-up events throughout the year


The program will run until November 2019.

Plant your own piece of Polesden Lacey’s Living Wall
Friday 26 – Sunday 28 April, 10am – 3pm. NAA.

To celebrate our ‘Beyond the Scone’ programme we’ll create Polesden Lacey’s first ever Living Wall.  Over this April weekend visitors and supporters can help plant the Living Wall which represents the rich variety of life at Polesden Lacey, and the dedication and specialist skills that go into keeping it special – for ever, for everyone.

The planting scheme was designed by Polesden Lacey’s garden volunteer and former garden intern, Judith McNickle. Plants were selected to highlight different aspects of Polesden Lacey: flowering plants represent the stunning formal gardens and will attract bees and butterflies. Striking ornamental grasses are included for our chalk grassland while lush foliage plants denote Polesden’s ancient woodlands. Edible plants highlight the productive parts of the garden which are used by chefs to create the menu for our café and coffee shop.

Come back in May to see the wall as it begins to flourish.




  • Bar
  • Café
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Food shop
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area

Children & Infants

  • Children's Meals
  • Cot Available

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Indoor Event
  • Outdoor Event

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Railway station within 5 miles
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted


Opening Times

Programme of Events - See Polesden Lacey website for details (26 Apr 2019 - 17 Nov 2019)

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