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

We've got a fantastic programme of events for families this summer. From Polesdenopoly in the sun to summer crafts, you'll find a way to get creative, have a laugh or just have fun.

Lazy jazz Sundays

Sundays in June, July and August, 2pm – 4pm

We've got an exciting line-up of jazz musicians ready to serenade you this summer as you relax in the sunshine on the south lawn. Lazy jazz happens every Sunday afternoon in June, July and August and you can find a list of dates here on our full event list.

The only thing that improves a lazy jazz Sunday is good food and no one knows how to picnic better than Polesden Lacey. Choose from a selection of posh picnic pick 'n' mix in the Cowshed coffee shop, including fresh crudités and salad from our vegetable garden and delicious pies or mini sausage rolls from our tenant farmer, J Conisbee.

Lazy jazz is free for everyone but normal admission applies.

Enjoy smooth jazz in the sunshine
Three jazz musicians perform

‘Go Wild’ activity packs

Weekdays only from Saturday 22 July until Sunday 3 September, 10am - 3pm

Get crafty this summer and pick up a bag full of craft activities and games to explore the woods. 

£3 per activity pack or  and normal admission applies.

What will you discover in our garden?
A boy looks through a pair of binoculars

Open-air Shakespeare – Twelfth Night

Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2, 8 and 9 July from 3pm.

Enjoy this beloved comedy about love and mistaken identity performed on our open-air stage. Be sure to bring a fold-out chair, some cushions, a picnic blanket and plenty to eat and drink, while you sit back and enjoy some traditional British theatre. 

Tickets £12, children under 16 go free.

Click here to book your tickets through the Dorking Halls website. 

If music be the food of love, play on!
A pair of legs in yellow tights with crossed garters


Daily from Saturday 22 July until Sunday 3 September, 10am - 3pm

We've paid homage to everyone's favourite board game by creating our own life-sized alternative that you can play throughout the grounds at Polesden Lacey.  Buy up different parts of the property, do silly challenges to earn more money, and cheat when no one’s looking!

£5 per group of 5 and normal admission applies.

What fortune will you draw?
An outdoor community chest box

Pop-up Shakespeare

Saturday 17 and 24 June from 2pm. 

Explore the formal gardens and you may stumble upon scenes from Shakespeare’s most beloved plays being played out among the flowers.

Performances are free but normal admission applies.

Kite flying and other 50 things

If you're not yet 11 ¾  then you're at a very special age and there are lots of things we think you should try before you grow up. You can find the list of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ here, but of all of them we think you should try these at Polesden:

  • Fly a kite - we've got loads of open sky at Polesden
  • Roll down a really big hill - we've got one of them too
  • Make a daisy chain - the daisies are out in force at the moment
  • Build a den - we've got lots of sticks and stuff

You can do lots more of the 50 things at Polesden Lacey. 

We've got lots of space for kite flying
A little girl runs with a kite flying out behind her
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