13th June 2019 - 13th June 2019 , 12:45 - 17:00
Polesden Lacey is a beautiful 1,400 acre estate, high on the North Downs, with stunning views across the Surrey Hills. On a clear day it is possible to see Leith Hill and the South Downs in one direction and the sprawl of London in the other. Polesden Lacey was owned by society hostess Margaret Greville, who entertained royalty, politicians and the cream of society. Following her death in 1942, the property was left to the National Trust.
We will be taking over the croquet courts, which sit on the lawns to the South West of the mansion, with stunning views across the valley to Ranmore Common. We have booked all four courts, which means that waiting times for a game will be minimal, but will give you a chance to chat with your fellow members and enjoy the views and gardens. Mallets and balls will be provided. At 4.15pm, join us in the Granary Café for a cream tea. We will be finishing by 5pm.
Polesden Lacey has a cafe serving cooked lunches, sandwiches and snacks and also a coffee shop offering hot drinks, sandwiches and cakes. The cafe, coffee shop, main toilets and gift shop are located before you pass the pay desk into the grounds. However you are free to leave and return to the grounds as frequently as you wish, in order use the facilities. There is a trailer selling drinks and snacks within the grounds and also portaloo toilets, but these are a short walk away from the croquet courts.
Meet by Visitor Reception at 12.45pm for those joining us for a picnic (bring your own) or 1.45pm for those coming later for the start of the Croquet.
If you are a National Trust member you should show your membership card on entry to the property. Non-members will need to enter with us as a group, as entrance to the grounds is included in the court fees. At 1.45pm we will need to collect the mallets and balls from visitor reception and carry them down to the courts.
The event is not suitable for young children or dogs. Although not a long walk, those with mobility difficulties may find the terrain challenging, but wheelchairs that can cope with grass, rough paths and shallow slopes are suitable. Suitable wheelchairs can be booked in advance by contacting Polesden Lacey direct. Suitable footwear and clothing for the weather should be worn, including sunscreen and sunhat if necessary. Bring water/drinks if hot.
Parking is free to NT members by getting a ticket from the parking machine by scanning your membership card. For non National Trust members, car parking is pay and display costing £5.00.
Booking is essential. This event is limited to 32 people and if you would like to join us, please book your spaces online at the bottom of the page and indicate in ‘Comments’ box if you will join us for picnic/lunch. Alternatively you can complete and return the downloadable form here below to arrive at Warren Farm Barns before Friday 7th June 2019. Please include your e-mail address or a stamped addressed envelope so you may be sent full details, directions and locations for the visit.
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