The best of what's on for families this autumn at Polesden Lacey

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There's plenty to see and do at Polesden Lacey this autumn, from food festivals to scary Shakespearean villains.

Donkey Derby

Sunday 4 September, 10am-5pm

Bet on your favourite donkey and find out which dog has the waggiest tail at Donkey Derby. Enjoy a day of donkey races, dog shows, traditional funfair games and live bands, as well as local food stalls and gifts galore.

All the money raised by the Leatherhead Lions at Donkey Derby is donated towards local charities, including the Unlocking Polesden appeal.

Free entry all day.

A family fun day at Donkey Derby
A donkey race

Scary Shakespeare half-term trail

Saturday 22 - Monday 31 October

This Halloween half-term, step into Shakespeare’s world with a trail inspired by some of his most terrifying characters – from gruesome ghouls to bloodthirsty villains. 

£3 per adventurer, normal admission applies. Click here to find out more about our Scary Shakespeare trail. 

Get ready for some Scary Shakespeare!
A skull

Bat walks

6, 13, 22, 27 and 29 September, begins at dusk

Join our rangers at dusk for a guided walk to learn about and find some of the 12 varieties of bats that live on the Polesden Lacey estate. Using bat detectors you’ll be able to hear them flying around, and you may even catch a glimpse of some. 

Adults £8 and children £4. Call 01372 452048 to book.

Join us for a bat walk
A bat with its wings spread

Polesden Lacey food festival

1 and 2 October

Enjoy some of the best food the local area has to offer, from cookery demonstrations to everyone’s favourite: samples to taste! 

Normal admission applies.

Try something new at our food festival
People sit on bales of hay in front of a heritage home


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