Saturday 28 September, 7.00-8.30pm.
In this 50th anniversary year of the lunar landings, artist Mary Branson will be creating a moon purely with people and giant moon lanterns viewable from Salomons Memorial, Box Hill as night falls.
As the choreographed piece takes shape, poetry, singing and percussion will ring out from the hillside. Supporting this visual spectacle will be music performed by I Speak Music and UP! Orchestra members reﬂecting the cultural diversity of our communities in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which we all share. Come and watch or even join in the singing from community choirs led by Anna Tabbush.
Bring a torch!
The National Trust cafe will remain open throughout this event.
For more information click here.
Jumping Through Hoops: Box Hill and The Olympic Road Cycling Race
Field Studies Council, Juniper Hall Field Centre, Old London Road, Mickleham, RH5 6DA
Box Hill’s fame as a beauty spot and important wildlife site is well known and goes back hundreds of years. But, arguably, nothing in recent times has put Mole Valley and Box Hill ‘on the map’ more than the hosting of the 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Race. In this talk, Andrew Wright, National Trust Countryside Manager for the Surrey Hills-East, provides a behind-the-scenes insight into planning and hosting the Olympic cycling road race in a “warts’n’all” entertaining but truthful account of the highs and lows relating to the event and its ongoing legacy.
■ Tuesday 17 September: 19:30
Talk lasts 60 minutes – in the Templeton Room.
Directions: Juniper Hall is a large red-brick building on the B2209 about 1 mile north of the A24 Burford Bridge roundabout.
The relaunch of the Discovery Zone will be happening this weekend, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July, at Box Hill. Staff and volunteers from NT and FOBH will be on hand at the Box Hill centre to chat with visitors and help explain the new activities and displays in the Discovery Zone. FOBH will also have their mobile displays up just outside the café (with our gazebo if the weather breaks and we get rain!). Please come along to enjoy the facilities and find out more about Box Hill’s wonderful wildlife.
The Discovery Zone within the Box Hill café has been updated by FOBH in conjunction with NT. New flooring and new colours on the walls have lightened up the whole area and several new features have been added with a number of the rather tired ones removed. The popular “touchy-feely” bench has been retained as have the colourful murals by artist Helen Shackleton. A new “match the butterfly with its food and caterpillar” with spinning cubes has been added for young children and a “Ranger’s Notebook” and “Count the Species” game for the slightly older visitor.
Several Friends gave up their Easter Sunday to help man the FOBH stand. Lots of visitors enjoyed the NT Easter Egg trail, earned their chocolate eggs, and then spent time on a very sunny and hot day just relaxing on the Donkey Green. Our displays and interactives were enjoyed by many and the Centenary Banners provided a good talking point about the history of Box Hill. The Friends had a good time as well!
The Zig-Zag road will be closed between East car park and the London road junction between 0900hrs to 1800hrs from Friday 19th to Monday 22nd inclusive. NT will close the road when the car parks are full, but assume from 0900 hrs. As spaces become vacant they will allow vehicles into the car park from the Box Hill end only.
NT will have marshals between the East car park and the Smith & Western, and “no stopping” cones to try and prevent any vehicles parking on the road and causing blockages. NT will be operating a free park and ride between Ashcombe school and National Trust centre Box Hill for their visitors (see their website for further information).
The National Trust apologies for disruption caused to Box Hill residents however they are putting significant resources into this to maintain access for emergency vehicles and keep control of the site.
NT are offering self-guided Easter Egg trails through part of the Box Hill Play Trail from 6th April to 22nd April, from 10am – 3pm at £3 per trail. The trails will have a bird theme. FOBH will have our gazebo up with children’s activities on Easter Sunday 21st April.
If you would like to help us on the day, or just come along for a chat about the Friends please contact Lyn using the email link below.
For those of you interested in military history, here is a link to a document describing the WW2 defences around the Mole Gap. These include those that can be found on Box Hill.
NT Box Hill ran a Christmas craft workshop this year which was very well attended. As well as the traditional wreath making there were some wonderful table decorations and lots of other ideas. Attendees were also treated to a lunch which included a superb chocolate yule log made by NT Box Hill’s resident chef and chocolatier, Carlo.
Autumn on Box Hill and the fine, sunny weather is showing off the colours at their best. As well as leaves changing colour, the many berries are also at their brightest – have a look at our quiz showing many of the berries found on a recent walk and see how many you know.