Leith Hill Place

Leith Hill Lane
Holmbury St. Mary



  • Adult : £6.00
  • Child : £3.00


Commemorating 60 years since the death of Ralph Vaughan Williams

This year Leith Hill Place, near Coldharbour, Dorking, will host a range of events commemorating the death of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams in August 1958.

To celebrate the life of one of the best known English composers, Leith Hill Place will host a range of events, including talks, music and an art installation.

The first event is a talk by writer, broadcaster and oral historian, Andrew Green, which will focus on the composer’s upbringing and inspirations from his childhood which influenced his work. This will be on Thursday 17 May from 2pm-4pm, costs £15 per person and includes a cream tea. This is part of a talks series with the second talk on Saturday 7 July at 6pm, which will explore the words from poetry and prose that inspired Vaughan Williams. Tickets for either talk can be booked on 0344 249 1895.

In August, local artist Gillian Collins will be creating a piece of work inspired by ‘The Lark Ascending’, using folded paper birds to notate the score of the piece. Visitors will be encouraged to create their own birds and leave their thoughts on the house and numerous gifts Vaughan Williams left the nation.

On Sunday 26 August, sixty years to the date Ralph died, there will be a ‘Busking for Vaughan Williams’ event where individual or small groups of performers can pre-book a slot to perform at Leith Hill Place. Visitors to the house will be encouraged to leave donations for the music and these will then be split between the performer and the house, with the funds being used to support the upkeep of Leith Hill Place.

Natalie Savage, Visitors Operations Manager for the National Trust at Leith hill Place, said “We wanted to mark this occasion with a celebration of the life and works of Vaughan Williams, rather than anything too morbid. From his published letters its clear Ralph was supportive of new performers, and we wanted to continue that support with our ‘Busking for Vaughan Williams’ event.”

If you’d like to find out more or sign up for a busking slot, please email leithhillplace@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Leith Hill Place was Ralph’s childhood home and when he inherited the estate in 1945, he gifted it to the National Trust. It was his particular wish that the public should have access through the land, which the National Trust have cared for ever since. The house has only been open to visitors for the last five years and is a up and coming venue for various events and activities.

About the National Trust

The National Trust looks after more than 600,000 acres of countryside, 775 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information and ideas for great value family days out go to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

About Leith Hill Place

Leith Hill Place is looked after by the National Trust, and is a work in progress. It has an unusually informal atmosphere for a National Trust place and we invite you to sit on the furniture, play the pianos and visit our famous volunteer kitchen for delicious home baked cakes and scones by donation. There is a guided audio tour about the life and music of Vaughan Williams and visitors can see the composer’s upright Broadwood piano, on which he composed most of his famous works.

2018 Opening hours for Leith Hill Place are Friday-Sunday, & Bank Holiday Mondays until 21 October, 11.00am – 5.00pm. Please go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leith-hill-place for more information.