As Spring begins to emerge, it’s lovely to be outdoors, for myself as much as for Intrepid Bebe. And whilst she loves a soft play centre, it is great to be able to combine an activity which she enjoys, but so can I. Which is why I enjoyed our day at Polesden Lacey so much.
Polesden Lacey, originally built in the 1800’s, is in Dorking, Surrey, England. It is run by the National Trust, and open throughout the year.
There is a large cafe, with indoor and outdoor covered eating area. It offers a wide range of hot and cold food.
Changing facilities at the entrance, along with the obligatory Gift shop. Plenty of parking, and easy access from the car park to the main entrance. With lots of buggy friendly paths, and big open spaces for the little ones to run free. Although we were there in half term, there was enough open space for it not to feel too hectic.
Besides the striking house it’s self, there are well maintained grounds to explore, and eye catching vistas across the countryside. When we visited, the snowdrops were is full bloom, and glorious! If you’re a wild flower geek like I am, the following info (as copied from the National Trust website here) may be handy to plan your visit:
Here’s the best of what’s in bloom month by month.
January – Aconites flourish in the Winter Garden creating a blanket of yellow blooms beneath the ironwoods.
February – Look out for delicate yet hardy snowdrops along Lime Walk and on the South Lawn heralding the first signs of spring.
March – Spring has truly sprung when the daffodils are out on Walnut Lawn
April – Cherry blossoms are at their best in Preserve Copse, so enjoy the luscious pinks while they last.
May – Our ancient woodland comes alive with splashes or vibrant blue as the bluebells pop up all over the wider estate.
June – Deep purples fade to softer lilacs and whites in the lavender garden with many varieties of British lavender.
July – 26 varieties of British rose are in full bloom in the rose garden, enjoy the delicate colours and the sweet aroma.
August – The herbaceous border bursts with colour featuring mallow, pink jewell, and golden chimes.
September – Striking both in structure and colour, the dahlia are thriving in the cut flower garden.
October – Curling agapanthus are in flower in the house borders.
November – Smoke bush grows in the rose garden displaying foliage in moody burgundy and purple.
December – Catch the distinct scent of creamy winter jasmine as you pass the house.
I was also really taken by the idea of this ‘love tree’. A humble beech tree which has been turned into Surrey’s answer to Paris’ Ponte des Art bridge. Visitors had written love notes to those dear to their hearts.
if you have not already joined the National Trust, you can access over five hundred places they are responsible for, for little over five pound a month. a friend also gave us the tip that they joined initially because they knew they could guarantee good baby changing facilities & cafes, so would plan pit stops when travelling throughout the country.
There are various special events held at Polesden Lacey throughout the year, along with weekly events such as Monday’s buggy fit classes, dog walking club, and photography workshops. for up to date information, see their website, here.
I’d love to hear what your favourite National Trust site is, so I can plan a visit.