Spectacular Heritage Open Days in Mole Valley

Celebrating Extraordinary Women, the World War one centenary and many fantastic places, Mole Valley will be hosting over 70 Heritage Open Days events from 13 to 16 September 2018. This year, 100 years since the Representation of the People Act gave some women the right to vote, Heritage Open Days nationally celebrates 'Extraordinary Women'.

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of culture comprising over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers across England (excluding London). More information about Heritage Open Days can be found at www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

Hope Mausoleum Open Day
Hope Mausoleum Open Day
Hope Mausoleum Open Day

Mole Valley Heritage Open Days is organised by a small committee of volunteers with support from Mole Valley District Council and the National Trust.

On September 14, Mole Valley launches their Heritage Open Day events with a talk by Sian Evans, historical author and journalist, on her new book on the rags to riches tale of Polesden Lacey's Mrs Margaret Greville, arguably one of Mole Valley's most extraordinary women. Hosted at Leatherhead Theatre, visitors can book their tickets in advance through the Theatre's Box Office from 6 August.

This year also marks 100 years since the end of World War One and Mole Valley recognises this significant event at this year's Heritage Open Days. Churches in Capel, Newdigate and Ockley are working together on 'Ringing Remembers' and events in Ashtead, Bookham, Capel, Dorking, and Leatherhead remember the impact of the war on their community.

Highlights this year around the themes of Extraordinary Women and World War One include:

- visiting Dorking Museum to discover more about Emmeline and Fred Pethick-Lawrence, key players in the Votes for Women movement

- taking a guided walk through Suffragette Dorking

- visiting the range of exhibits at the Leatherhead Institute celebrating the women of Leatherhead and the road to suffrage

- finding out what it was like to live in Mole Valley 100 years ago at the end of World War One 

- or just satisfying your curiosity by visiting places you have never managed to get into before


We are sorry that it has been necessary to cancel the appearance of the Horse Bus during Heritage Open Days. The reason for this is set out below:

A recent routine health and safety inspection has disclosed that the prolonged spell of hot weather has caused the appearance of ruts and changes in the camber of the roads on which the horse bus is scheduled to run, such that it would be unwise or even dangerous to both the vehicle and its passengers to drive the bus over the intended route. All the local minor roads are in a similar state so it has been necessary to cancel the appearance of the horse bus during the HODs this year. The disappointment is shared by the operators and greatly regretted. However there are plans for the horse bus to make an appearance in a Mole Valley town later in the year.

St Michael's and All Angles Church on Old London Road, Mickleham will be open over Heritage Open Days.

Opening times are: Saturday 15th from 1100-1700 and on Sunday 16th from 1200-1600.

In addition to visiting this historic Grade 2* listed church originating from the 10th Century within the picturesque setting of the Mickleham Conservation Area, historical memorabilia will be on display, there will be a churchyard trail and refreshments will be served.

Booklets is widely available to be picked from Pippbrook Council Offices, Leatherhead Institute, libraries and National Trust properties, or search for an event online by visiting www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Heritage Open Days events are free of charge and available to all, however some events do require booking in advance. Check online at http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/advanced-search or in the Mole Valley programme booklet for booking information.

This year Heritage Open Days are introducing a new feature - additional dates from the 6-9 September for events that cannot be run on the main weekend. In Mole Valley, St Martin's Shared Church in Dorking, St Barnabas' Church in Fetcham and the Fetcham United Charities will be taking up this new option on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9.

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Last Updated: 11/09/2018

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