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.

Easter Egg adventure

Friday 14th - Monday 17th April

Come along over the Easter weekend to take part in our Easter Egg Adventure.

Coady the lion adores Easter chocolate and has locked away all the Deepdene's chocolate! He wants to keep it only for the best adventurers so has left clues to follow around the Deepdene Trail . . .Will you be able to crack Coady's code?

Successful code breakers will be able to pick up a chocolate prize from Dorking Halls Box Office. We hope you have a 'cracking' time!

To take part in the adventure:

Print an Activity Leaflet (PDF) 

Or pick up from Dorking Halls from Friday 24th March. 

Bring it to the Trail 14th-17th April and please remember to bring a pencil or pen to fill it in as The Trail is not staffed.

Once you have enjoyed the challenge, return your completed sheets to Dorking Halls box office to collect your chocolate prize!


Guided Walk with Dorking Museum

Next public walks:  Sunday 2nd April, 2.00pm and Sunday 11th June, 2.00pm

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.

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


Inspired by Thomas Hope - Embroidery Workshops

Dates: Saturday 22ndApril, Wednesday 3rdMay and Wednesday 24thMay

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

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

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.

This 'Embroidery' Course is FREE and all embroidery course materials provided, but booking is essential as we have a maximum 10 students per workshop on this course. You will also be entitled to 10% discount at "The Fluff-a-torium" on the day of your course!

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


Deepdene's Shakespeare Experience

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June at the Gardens of the Deepdene Trail

Promenade around the beautiful Deepdene Trail and experience live Shakespeare with us with a series of exciting scenes from his most celebrated works performed by local troupe, the Rough Mechanicals.


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