Things to see & do

Some of our summer favourites

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New features on the Natural Play Trail

The natural play trail at Box Hill is fun for all ages

The natural play trail at Box Hill is fun for all ages

We're installing some great new features along the Natural Play Trail this summer. In place from the start of August, you'll be able to climb, crawl, wriggle, balance and swing your way round at Box Hill. It's about 2 miles long - spend an hour or a whole day; watch out for woodland birds and animals along the way. There's lots more happening at Box Hill too - click below for our full events list.

Self-guided trails

We've just created a range of downloadable self-guided trails around Box Hill. They range from short, gentle strolls to longer hikes. Stroll around the hill top on our ½-hour walk. Play in the woods on our 2-mile natural play trail. Or test out your legs on our whole-day hike.

John Logie Baird

John Logie Baird plaque

John Logie Baird, the inventor of television, lived at Swiss Cottage on Box Hill from 1929 until 1932. He carried out his initial experiments by sending a TV signal from the top of the hill to the valley below.

Upside down grave

The upside-down grave of Major Peter Labelliere

Box Hill was chosen as the final resting place of Major Peter Labellière, an eccentric resident of Dorking. He was buried upside down in the belief that the world was 'topsy turvy'.

Box Hill Fort

Box Hill’s Fort is one of a line of 13 along the North Downs

The fort was built in 1896 as part of the defences of London. There are 12 similar forts in the south east of England. Bats have colonised it now, as the dark rooms and cool temperatures suit them well.