What's On

The Trail is now open! Please come and explore for free anytime between dawn and dusk.

There are routes from 1 mile to 9 miles to explore, download our Trail map to find out more.

Coady's Halloween Hunt

23rd - 30th October, self-guided activity

Coady's creepy creature friends are coming to his Halloween feast at Deepdene. They are each bringing a spooky treat.  Put your costumes on and explore the Gardens of Deepdene to find out who is bringing what and which spooky treat is left for Coady to bring. Take your answer to Dorking Halls and collect a treat of your own!

Activity booklets will be available to download from mid-October and to pick up from Dorking Halls, and the Trail entrance.

Deepdene History Detectives Walk

25th October

Time: 10.30am, Duration: up to 1.5 hours, Meeting point: The Deepdene Trail main entrance

Price: £3 per ticket, under 5s go free.

Join us for the Deepdene's History Detectives Walk, perfect for those fascinated by mysterious maps, ancient remains and a cursed gem. 

This walk is ideal for families, lasting around 1.5 hours around the Gardens and Terrace of Deepdene and led by Gail Mackintosh our Activities Co-ordinator.  Gail will provide a fun, mini-adventure for all ages and light refreshments will be provided.

Book tickets via Dorking Halls Box Office from 22nd September.

Deepdene Bat Walk

Saturday 28th October

Time: 5.15pm, Duration: up to 2 hours, Meeting point: On the Village Green outside The Royal Oak, Brockham, Surrey, RH3 7JS. 

Price, £5 per person, £3 under 14's.  Not suitable for children under 8 years old.

Another chance to attend the popular Deepdene Bat Walk with expert guide Jim Storrar as the bats start to prepare for hibernation.This walk explores the nocturnal world of the Deepdene's landscape using professional bat detecting equipment to attempt to spot these fascinating creatures as they emerge at night.  This walk includes an atmospheric visit to Betchworth Castle, the perfect eerie backdrop for spotting bats.

Jim Storrar, an independent field ecologist, will lead you on this exploration tracking these often-misunderstood mammals.  Jim is an experienced group guide, with a personal passion for the countryside. He spent many years as a National Trust Ranger on Leith Hill and he currently utilises his wealth of ecological knowledge to inform and inspire others.

Book tickets via Dorking Halls Box Office from 22nd September.

Guided Walks with Dorking Museum

Hear the hidden stories of the Deepdene and gain exclusive access to the Hope Mausoleum with the Dorking Museum walks team.

Group Tours are available on any date to suit you, and regular walks open to all will be offered throughout the year for a small donation towards the Museum.

Next public walk:  Sunday 10th September, 10.30am

Visit Dorking Museum's website to find out more and book your tour.


Inspired by Thomas Hope - Embroidery Workshops  - New Dates announced!

Dates: Wednesday 18th October and Wednesday 15th November

Location: The Gilliangladrag Fluffatorium, 20 West Street, Dorking, RH4 1BL, UK

Time: All courses run from 2pm-5pm.

Cost: FREE

Learn to stitch an exquisite new design created and taught by Sophie Long - author of "Mastering the art of Embroidery" and "Ribbonwork Embroidery" - inspired by the style of Regency-era tastemaker, and one-time owner of the Deepdene, Thomas Hope. Sophie will take you through how to set out the delightful surface stitching, introduce a little gold metal thread embroidery and sequins and get you set to complete the wonderful work at home.

Visit the Fluffatorium's online store now to book your place.

Surrey Countryside Watercolour Competition

August 2017 - Watercolour Entries Invited...

We invite you to take part in our watercolour competition, inspired by the beautiful watercolours created in 1825 by William Bartlett who recorded the grand Deepdene estate.

Entries: Entries must be either based on, or inspired by The Deepdene Trail. We are looking for contemporary responses in watercolour that represent Surrey's countryside today. This competition is supported by Surrey Arts and the Arts Alive festival. Entry fee is £5 per piece.

Prize: Prizes include a top cash prize of £250 for the overall winner and the top entries will be exhibited in Dorking in 2018.

More details, including an entry form will appear on this page shortly, entries will be accepted from 20th October 2017 onwards, deadline for all entry submission 15th December 2017 5pm.

Walking for Health on the Trail

Last Tuesday of every month, 10.30am

Every month there is a chance to join one of the Walking for Health team's free and friendly short walks on the Deepdene Trail.

No booking necessary just meet walk leader Estelle Holmes outside Reception, Pippbrook MVDC Council, RH4 1SJ at 10.30am on the last Tuesday of the month. The walk lasts 60 minutes and is graded an intermediate walk; gentle to moderate pace, generally flat but uneven ground at times and possible steps.

Walking for Health Mole Valley is part of an England-wide network to keep you fit and healthy. With specially trained walk leaders, you are sure to be in safe hands, offering the opportunity to try new walks to enjoy again and again.

Download their walks booklet (PDF) to find out more about other healthy walks in Mole Valley.

Deepdene Trail App

Visiting The Trail with smart phone or tablet? Download the Deepdene Trail App before you go and enjoy fantastic extra features including: an interactive Trail map, family fun quizzes, Tales from Coady the lion to guide you around, interesting videos about the historic estate and audio versions of the interpretation panel text.

Download now at the App Store or on Google Play.

Deepdene Virtual Tour

Help us test out the new Deepdene Virtual Tour. Visit Dorking Museum to see it in its fancy new kiosk and explore the Deepdene Estate as it was in 1825 when owner Thomas Hope walked the grounds with this amazing interactive Virtual Tour.

Dorking Museum, 62 West Street Dorking is open Thursday to Saturday 10am - 4pm.

Entry is: Adult £2.00, Seniors & Under 18's £1.00, Under 5's Free, Family Ticket £4.50