A new after-dark experience is coming to the Edwardian gardens at the National Trust’s Polesden Lacey this autumn.
From 22 October – 7 November, visitors will have the chance to see Polesden Lacey like never before at the first-ever IGNITE at Polesden Lacey.
Deep in the Surrey Hills, only four miles from Dorking, Polesden Lacey was once home to the famous Edwardian hostess Margaret Greville, who entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time. The gardens offer something for every season and autumn is no exception: once the vibrant and rich greens of summer disappear the whole estate is encompassed in gold as the leaves turn.
As twilight falls, the IGNITE magic begins. Expect the unexpected, with glimpses of fairies that could be dancing in lanterns, fiery fish and woodland wildlife sculpted in willow, as you stroll through an enchanting landscape.
Lit by lanterns, wander between flickering flames and majestic trees – from one amazing space to another – on a quietly magical meander.
Within this fiery interpretation of flora and fantasy, set to an atmospheric soundscape, there are moments of playful discovery and reflection.
The trail has been specially designed for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
“We’re so excited to welcome visitors to Polesden Lacey for this enchanting trail this autumn. It is the first time we’ve hosted something like this at Polesden Lacey and we can’t wait to see the gardens illuminated in such a magical way,” said Katherine Mills, National Trust General Manager for Polesden Lacey.
Book your tickets safe in the knowledge that if Covid-19 Government legislation requires cancellation, you can re-book your slot or get a refund. COVID-19 guidelines are being followed and processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.
IGNITE trails are brought to you by leading events promoter Raymond Gubbay Limited, a division of Sony Music and hosted by the National Trust. The trail is created by Culture Creative.
What: IGNITE at Polesden Lacey – A trail of light, fantasy and fire
When: Open on selected days between 22 October – 7 November 2021
Visit website for opening times.
Time slots vary, visit ignitetrails.co.uk/polesdenlacey for info
Why Visit: Discover a magical trail for all the family set within the beautiful
Edwardian gardens of Polesden Lacey
Admission: Advanced From: Adult £15, Child £10.00, Family £45 (2 adults & 2 children).
Free entry for carers and children aged 2 & under.
Parking £7.00 per car and free for National Trust members
Website: nationaltrust.org.uk/polesden-lacey-ignite| #igniteatPolesdenLacey
Address: Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD
For more information please contact:
Nikki Smith | firstname.lastname@example.org | 01637 873379 or 07525 780624
Notes to Editors
- For full pricing details and booking please visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesden-lacey-ignite
- IGNITE Polesden Lacey has been awarded the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry-standard mark, in recognition that government and industry COVID-19 guidelines are being followed by the organisation, and processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.
- For information about COVID19 and booking tickets with confidence visit: https://ignitetrails.co.uk
About Polesden Lacey
Polesden Lacey, nestled in the Surrey Hills, is your space to enjoy. A place of contrasts with both a touch of Edwardian elegance, muddy countryside walks and lots to explore. The formal gardens offer colour and fragrance throughout the year, from the walled Rose Garden in summer to the Graham Stuart Thomas designed Winter Garden during colder months. There are natural play areas, trails for families and picnic spots. Discover world-renowned collections of maiolica and Dutch Old Masters in the 19th-century house. (Opening times vary). Normal entry to the house and gardens is by pre-booked ticket www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesdenlacey
About the National Trust
The National Trust is a conservation charity founded in 1895 by three people, Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley who saw the importance of the nation’s heritage and open spaces, and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. This year, the charity celebrates its 125th anniversary, and these values are still at the heart of everything it does.
To help mark this significant moment in its history, the Trust has committed to achieving carbon net zero emissions by 2030, and establishing 20 million trees to help tackle climate change, creating green corridors for people and nature near towns and cities, running a year-long campaign to connect people with nature and continuing investment in arts and heritage.
Ensuring everyone who visits feels welcome, and more people can access its places continues to be another key aspect of the charity’s work.
Entirely independent of Government, the National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 780 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The National Trust receives more than 26.9 million visits each year to the places it cares for that have an entry fee, and an estimated 100 million visits to the outdoor places looked after by the charity. Together with 5.9 million members and more than 65,000 volunteers, they help to support the conservation charity in its work to care for nature, beauty, history. For everyone, for ever.
About RGL, a division of Sony Music
Leading events promoter, RGL (Raymond Gubbay Limited), a division of Sony Music, has been delivering illuminated Christmas trails for over eight years. Each trail is carefully designed to showcase the natural and unique environment of the individual location. There are currently 22 trails across the UK, Europe, USA, and Australia within the My Christmas Trails and Lightscape portfolios.
The chosen partners for national and international heritage and prestigious venues include: Blenheim Palace; The National Trust; Forestry England; The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh; Botanic Gardens, Chicago, USA and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
RGL also presents a variety of concerts and tours across the UK and globally.
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About Culture Creative
Culture Creative is a creative project and production management company based in the North East of England. The Company works across a wide-range of cultural fields including art, sport, heritage, tourism, festivals and events, developing projects from concept to delivery. Since 2013, Culture Creative has worked closely with leading entertainment promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd. a division of Sony Music, to create illuminated trails in various venues across the UK and overseas.