Story Explorers - fun for pre-schoolers

Bring your little story explorers for a morning of fun with a story, rhymes and a fun nature-based craft activity. Every Wednesday from 8th June until 20th July from 10.30 until 12.00

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

'Story Explorers' aims to engage your little ones with nature through stories and fun activities. The session begins in our charming old Stable Block with action rhymes.

You and your little explorer will then be led on a trail to Crab Apple Orchard where there will be a story and a craft activity to complete in our beautiful bell tent, using items found in the orchard.

The sessions are free but normal property admission rates apply for adults (children under 5 do not have to pay an admission fee). Please go to Visitor Reception to collect your token for the session by having your National Trust membership card scanned or by paying the admission fee. When booking, please only book one adult place per child.


Event ticket prices
  • Child £0.00
  • All £0.00
    Book only one adult per child
View admission charges
Polesden Lacey


House and Gardens
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £15.40 £14.00
Child £7.70 £7.00
Family £38.50 £35.00
1 adult, 2 children £23.10 £21.00
Gardens only (when house is closed*)
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £10.00 £9.00
Child £5.00 £4.50
Family £25.00 £22.50

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

The gardens, estate, shop, and cafe at Polesden Lacey are open all year. 

*The house is open daily from 1 Mar - 30 Oct, and at weekends only at other times of the year.

To help plan your visit and avoid disappointment, please click here and use the calendar to check seasonal opening and closing times.  

Child Tickets:
Please note that child tickets are for those aged between 5 and 17 years.  Under 5s can visit for free. 

Members park for free. Please scan your membership card on the car park machine. Non-members: £2 up to and including 2 hours, £5 all day. 

The basics

Booking details
Call 0344 249 1895
This event is most suited to pre-school children.
Meeting point
Arrive at Visitor Reception to collect your token for the session by paying normal admission or having your membership card scanned. You will then be directed to the Stable Block.
What to bring and wear
Whilst the story time will be inside, part of the session will be outside in the orchard, so please wear clothing and shoes appropriate to the weather.
The Stable Block has good access through a glass door near the cafe. The craft activity will be on a grassy area which may be difficult for wheelchair users.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Contact Info

Box Office
Call 03442491895

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