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.

Thomas Hope - His Life and Collection by Philip Hewat-Jaboor

Date: Friday 10th November 2017, Time: 6.30pm       

The Deepdene Trail invites you to attend a fascinating, evening talk at Fetcham Park House.

Introducing the intriguing  story of Thomas Hope (1769 - 1831), bringing his personality and vision for design to life; this talk is set in the magnificent Fetcham Park House, Fetcham and will be preceded by drinks in the Great Hall.

Born into one of the richest banking dynasties in Europe, Thomas Hope used his great wealth to shape the arts in Regency England.  He amassed a remarkable art collection and installed it in the extraordinary interior of his London town house in Duchess Street and country estate at Deepdene, Dorking.  His interior decoration fostered what became known as the Regency style: a fascinating amalgam of decorative details, ornament and influences from Antiquity and British and Continental European art, architecture and design. 

Philip Hewat-Jaboor is an independent art consultant advising private and institutional collectors on the purchase or sale of works of art.  Philip was the curator of the Thomas Hope Regency Designer exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  He has curated a number of other exhibitions including William Beckford (An eye for the Magnificent) at the Baird Centre New York and the Dulwich Picture Gallery.  Philip is also chairman of the highly successful annual Master Piece Fair.

Tickets: £12 Book now via Dorking Halls Box Office, 01306 881717,  

Venue: Fetcham Park House, Lower Road, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9HD

Parking: Please note the entrance to Fetcham Park is via Badingham Drive. The Sat Nav reference is KT22 9ES and the gates are immediately on your right as you turn off Lower Road. Visitor parking is available in the grounds.

Download map for directions here.


Deepdene's Winter Wonders Weekend - SOLD OUT

Dates: 9th and 10th December, 10am - 3pm

Dorking is set for a wintery Christmas delight this December as the Deepdene Trail's historic gardens host their first 'Winter Wonders Weekend'.

On the 9th and 10th December from 10am - 3pm visitors to The Trail are invited to wrap up warm and enjoy the winter wonders of Deepdene's atmospheric gardens in the company of real reindeer, live festive music, enthralling children's storytelling, Christmas crafts and of course Father Christmas himself!

Our magnificent family of reindeer and their beautifully decorated sleigh will make the perfect backdrop for family photographs in this idyllic setting. The Rough Mechanicals, who delighted with the 'Shakespeare Live Weekend' at Deepdene this summer, are back to entertain us with their own winter wonders, a selection of fabulous festive tales from the Victorian world of Dickens. Be enthralled by tales of festive ghosts, family gatherings, and yuletide parties by the quintessential Victorian Christmas author - Charles Dickens'.

For a small donation there will be the opportunity to create a stunning Christmas wreath using natural materials. All children's craft for creating cards and decorations will be free of charge, as will soaking up the festive atmosphere.

Visit Santa - SOLD OUT

Booked your day tickets and visiting with little ones? Why not add to your day and book them in to see Father Christmas. Pre book an allotted time for your visit and be led by Deepdene's own cheeky Christmas elves through the festively trimmed gardens to meet Santa in his historic Grotto. Take a seat, take a photo and take away a brightly coloured gift!

It is £3 per child to visit Santa. All children must book a ticket including under 5's. Adults pay no extra to take their family to the Grotto. You must all have a day ticket before you can book to see Santa as you will have access to all the other winter wonders on offer above.

Tickets

Day tickets: £5 per adult, £3 per child (5-15), Under 5's FREE.

It is an additional £3 per child to visit Santa. Pre-booking only, all children must book a ticket including under 5's. No extra charge for adults accompanying the children.

Car parking tickets can be pre-booked at £2 per car.

Book via Dorking Halls Box Office www.dorkinghalls.co.uk   or  01306 881717


Surrey Countryside Watercolour Competition

Mole Valley District Council's Deepdene Trail project invites artists to submit water colour paintings based on or inspired by the Deepdene Trail situated within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Inspired by beautiful historic watercolours of Thomas Hope's grand Deepdene estate in Dorking, Surrey, 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.

How to enter

Visit our competition page to download your entry form, read the rules and guidelines and pay your £5 entry fee online via Dorking Halls Box Office, before emailing a photograph of your work, complete entry form and entry fee e-ticket to deepdenecompetition@molevalley.gov.uk

Artists must be over 18 and resident in England, Wales and Scotland. In entering the competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim, please see the rules and guidelines before entering.

Please see the rules and guidelines for details of what types of work will be accepted.

Entry fee is £5 per work - only one work per artist.

Deadline for entry: Sunday 31st December 2017, by 5pm (GMT).

Prizes

The Deepdene Trail Prize - £250.

Surrey Arts Prize - 1 year membership of Surrey Arts and a space in the Surrey Artists Open Studios 2019.

The winning entries and selected entries from the shortlist will go forward to exhibition at Bourneside Gallery, Dorking 5 Feb - 3 Mar 2018.

All shortlisted works will be exhibited online at www.deepdenetrail.co.uk.


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

Dates: Wednesday 18th October and Wednesday 15th November  - BOTH DATES SOLD OUT

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.


Sir John Soane and Thomas Hope: Rival or Disciple? By Tim Knox

Date: Thursday 1st February 2018,  6.30pm      

The Deepdene Trail invites you to attend a fascinating, evening talk at Fetcham Park House.

Introducing the intriguing  story of Thomas Hope (1769 - 1831), bringing his personality and vision for design to life; this talk is set in the magnificent Fetcham Park House, Fetcham and will be preceded by drinks in the Great Hall.

Born into one of the richest banking dynasties in Europe, Thomas Hope used his great wealth to shape the arts in Regency England.  He amassed a remarkable art collection and installed it in the extraordinary interior of his London town house in Duchess Street and country estate at Deepdene, Dorking.  His interior decoration fostered what became known as the Regency style: a fascinating amalgam of decorative details, ornament and influences from Antiquity and British and Continental European art, architecture and design. 

Tim Knox is the Director and Curator of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.  Prior to his appointment in 2013, Mr. Knox served as Director of the Sir John Soane's Museum in London where he had been since 2005.  Tim studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art and was appointed Assistant Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings Collection in 1989.  In 1995 Tim moved to the National Trust as its Architectural Historian, becoming Head Curator in 2002.

Tickets: £12 Book now via Dorking Halls Box Office, 01306 881717  

 
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 walks:  11th March 2018, 2pm and 13th May at 2pm.

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


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