Picnics were a regular fixture in the 18th and 19th century British social calendar as the upper classes became inspired to escape the formality of the dining room. In 1801 a group of frightfully fashionable Francophiles formed the Pic Nic Society and would meet for alfresco high jinks, where each member was required to bring along a dish and six bottles of wine per person.

Join us as we celebrate the launch of the West Horsley Place Picnic Society with an elegant evening Fête Champêtre. Bring your own blanket or chairs and find a secluded spot in the formal garden, Crinkle Crankle garden or ancient orchard. There are only 50 spaces available for this exclusive fundraising event.

Bring your own food or pre-book a delicious, elegant and stress-free hamper from The Posh Picnic Boys. Made by professional chefs using the best of local British produce. Choose between two delicious picnic basket options the Wimbledon or the Royal Ascot, prices start from £55 per basket. Click here to see the full menu for each basket. Please reserve your hamper at the time of booking. 

Please note: There will be no access to the manor house and no refreshments will be available to purchase on the day. Sorry no dogs, except for guide dogs.

Additional information

Accessibility: There is a wheelchair accessible route around the garden and accessible toilets. If you wish to reserve a disabled parking space or require any assistance we are happy to help, please let us know at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy: If any of the events are postponed due to COVID-19 guest will be refunded or offered an alternative date. We require a minimum of 72 hours notice to cancel picnic hamper bookings. 

COVID-19 safety measures for the event:

The health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers remains our top priority. We ask that everyone visiting West Horsley Place please familiarise themselves with the latest government advice and follow these measures:

  • Please read the public health messaging displayed at West Horsley Place
  • Wash hands more frequently for at least 20 seconds.
  • Maximum group size of 6 people from different household. Larger groups must be from a single household or support bubble. Stay within household groups.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 2 metre from people outside of your household.
  • Please follow guidance from West Horsley Place staff and volunteer stewards.

To help keep our visitors and staff safe the following measures have been implemented:

  • One-way route around the gardens.
  • Floor markings to indicate appropriate distances while queueing at the garden entrance.
  • Hand sanitiser available at strategic points.
  • The Manor House remains closed.
  • A limited number of people allowed entry to the WCs at any one time. Additional cleaning of the WCs throughout the event.

Please note: If you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms associated with Coronavirus (Covid-19) you will not be permitted entry to West Horsley Place.

 

Donate For the first time in 600 years West Horsley Place is no longer in private hands, but is for the community to share and enjoy. Support us to restore and bring life to this beautiful historic estate by donating today. Find out more

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