From spooky storytelling to the Surrey Hills Christmas Fair, there are activities galore to be enjoyed a West Horsley Place in the coming months!
Storyteller extraordinaire, Olivia Armstrong, will take visitors on a magical tour of the secret corridors and enchanted corners of Grade I listed West Horsley Place in a special storytelling experience. This half-term, families can discover the strange, spooky secret beneath the staircase, hear how a brave servant laid to rest a troublesome ghost, learn how to make a spell and more.
Suitable for all ages, Halloween Storytelling takes place on 25 and 28 October (Adults: £10, U12: £8, pre-booking essential via westhorsleyplace.org)
Hedgerow Adventure Bioblitz
In partnership with Surrey Wildlife Trust, this free family event explores some of the wildlife that lives in the many hedgerows of the ancient West Horsley Place estate. The team from Surrey Wildlife Trust will help visitors to identify signs of wildlife and to examine the hedgerows, discovering their hidden secrets!
This event is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Tuesday 25 October (FREE event, pre-booking essential via westhorsleyplace.org)
Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, this half-term West Horsley Place Trust has a special programme of free youth activities. Running daily between Monday 24 and Thursday 27 October, activities include opportunities to create notebooks and sketchbooks inspired by the magnificent West Horsley Place Library, fire craft and outdoor cooking, outdoor art and forest construction.
For young people between 13 and 18 years (FREE event, pre-booking essential via westhorsleyplace.org)
Also for young people, on 21 October West Horsley Youth Council will hold their first free Movie Night at West Horsley Place, with a screening of Grease at Place Farm Barn. This event is for people between 11 and 18 years who live in the Horsleys and the surrounding villages. For further information and to book westhorsleyplace.org
Estate Manager Matt Link will guide a walk around the 380-acre West Horsley Place estate, highlighting local landmarks, flora and fauna and sharing some of the interesting stories he has discovered through his work.
Wednesday 19 October (Adult: £15, U16: £10, pre-booking essential via westhorsleyplace.org)
Christmas Fair and Festive Activities
Celebrating the best of Surrey fine arts, crafts and artisanal produce, the Surrey Hills Christmas Fair returns to West Horsley Place on 25-27 November. The Fair takes place across the Grade I listed Manor House and Place Farm Barn and exhibiting partners include Surrey Hills Enterprises, Wey Ceramics, Surrey Guild of Craftsmen, Guildford Art Society plus leading local artists, makers and food and drink producers – with refreshments and light bites on sale in the Place Farm Barn courtyard.
Tickets £8. Pre-booking essential via westhorsleyplace.org
Other Christmas activities include a Suffolk Puff Workshop on 14 November, a Wrapping Paper Workshop on 18 November and Wreath Making Workshops with floral designer Celeste Rose on 23 and 30 November. Pre-booking essential via westhorsleyplace.org
Plus the always popular Nooks and Crannies Tours (dates in October and November until 30 November) and Open Days on 23 October and 20 November. Pre-booking essential.
Clare Clinton, Arts, Heritage and Learning Manager at West Horsley Place, said:
“We are really excited about our events programme over the coming months, with a particular highlight being the return of the wonderful Surrey Hills Christmas Fair – with even more exhibitors this year.”
“Through our diverse programme of activities and events, West Horsley Place is returning to life, although it remains at risk and requires substantial further funding. Income generated by events is crucial in continuing our work to create a welcoming space for the community to share and enjoy here, with arts, culture, community, history and nature at its heart.”
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