Heritage Open Days at Polesden Lacey
Enjoy free entry to Polesden Lacey to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the property being gifted to the nation 15-17 September
- Booking not needed
- Free event
Polesden Lacey will be welcoming visitors for free from Thursday 15 - Saturday 17 September to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Margaret Greville's bequest of Polesden Lacey to the National Trust ‘for the largest number of people to have enjoyment thereof'.
Programme of events
11.00am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.00pm
- The Visitor Enhancement Experience will be bringing the house to life by performing fun and engaging pop-up scenes around the property. These will give a fascinating insight into life at Polesden Lacey in its heyday and into the life of a lady 'who made a difference'.
Thursday 15 Sept
10.15am - Tribute to Mrs Greville in the Lady's Garden
2.00pm - Author Pam Burbidge will read an extract from her book 'The Maggie Greville Story'
Saturday 16 Sept
10.30am-2.00pm - Meet the Rangers, sit on their tractor and learn more about the vital conservation work they do on the estate.
Afternoon - View an original 1933 Alvis car on display at the front of the property
- A house has existed in this beautiful valley for hundreds of years but it was its last owner, the society hostess Mrs Greville, who transformed the house into a luxurious country retreat fit for maharajahs and kings. Many 'astounding inventions' of the day underpinned this transformation, including the installation of an elevator. Margaret Greville died on 15 September 1942 and she left Polesden Lacey to the National Trust. Her wish was for the house and estate to be open 'for the largest number of people to have enjoyment thereof.' In celebration of the 80th Anniversary of her gift, Polesden Lacey will be open for free for three days as part of the National Heritage Open Days.