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Free National Heritage weekend

September 3rd 2015
By: Mary.Wilkins
Free National Heritage weekend

Next week we can enjoy some of the wonderful heritage sites and places across Surrey for free, as it’s the National Heritage four-day weekend from the 10-13 September. Thousands of volunteers come together to stage a weekend to show off some of the wonderful forgotten gems across the county, not normally accessible to the general public, as well as cultural activities.
 
Here are our favourite heritage cultural events for the weekend:
 
Manor Farm Tithe Barn
 
Saturday 12 September: 0900-1700
 
Manor Farm, Manor House Lane, Little Bookham, Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4EW
 
15th Century Grade II listed Tithe Barn, one of the largest in Surrey at 4,500 sq ft. Built originally for All Saints' Church, Little Bookham (also open on same day) - See more at: http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/manor-farm-tithe-barn#sthash.8diy3jJ7.dpuf
 
All Saints' Church, Little Bookham (also open on same day). Major conservation finally completed after 18 months of hard work. The full magnificence of the barn can now be fully appreciated for the first time in probably hundreds of years. The terraced courtyard garden has been recreated from photographs taken in the 1920's.
 
Directions - Manor Farm is off the A246 from Guildford towards Leatherhead, turn left into Manor House Lane, the barn is on the right-hand side opposite the 2nd school entrance.

Website www.visitleatherhead.com and www.molevalley-gov.uk
 
Cobham Mill
 
Saturday 12 September: 1300-1600; 1600 annual duck race
Sunday 13 September: 1400-1700
 
This is the only fully working water mill in Surrey, carefully restored 23 years ago by volunteers who continue to maintain and operate it. Local grain will be milled and guides available to answer questions. The Mill has a landscaped area with beautiful views. An informative DVD is played at intervals and there are quizzes for children to do.

On Saturday Cobham celebrates its Village day and there will be plenty going on beyond the Mill. At approximately 1600 the annual duck race takes place, starting from the Mill. Event not suitable for children under the age of 1.
 
Directions -On the A245 on the edge of the town. Right hand side coming from Painshill roundabout, left hand side coming from Leatherhead direction. 7-10 minutes from Junction 10 of M25.
Website www.cobhammill.org.uk
 
‘Owzat!’: A Celebration of Centuries of Cricket in Dorking
Sunday 13 September: 1430 - 1700
 
Vintage style cricket with two stumps, 1770 rules and appropriate attire. Challenge match: Ladies Stoolball team versus Gents in a glorious setting 'above' the town. Picnic space and teas available. Event not suitable for children under the age of 6.
 
Directions -From High Street post office, go up Dene Street opposite to find Cotmandene behind flats on left side
Website www.visitdorking.com and www.molevalley.gov.uk