West Horsley Place 2019

Join us for our festive event held in a floored and heated marquee within the grounds of West Horsley Place. The event features exhibitors selected from the finest designer makers in the UK and is a great place to start your Christmas shopping!

West Horsley Place has a fascinating history, further details can be found below.

Purchase from a stunning treasure trove of original and affordable designs created by some of the finest craftsmen and artists in the UK. Textiles, paintings, furniture, metal, leather, ceramics, jewellery, glass, fashion and more…


Terms & Conditions: The organisers reserve the right to refuse admission in reasonable circumstances or to request any ticket holder to leave the event and take appropriate action to enforce this right. No dogs allowed with the exception of registered support dogs.

Visit West Horsley Place Manor House!

Craft Fair visitors have a ​rare chance to visit the manor house - not usually open to the public - during the period of the craft fair.

​The house has been in private hands since it was built in 1425 and this is one of the earliest ​opportunities for the public to be able to access its formal rooms via a stewarded route. This beautiful medieval house has a fascinating past and exciting future as a heritage charity. The house has had many illustrious owners and visitors including Elizabeth I and Guy Fawkes.

  • Tickets will be available to purchase on the day at the craft fair.
  • Last entry 45 minutes before the end of the fair.
  • House admission is an additional £8 per person.
  • Tickets are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Groups of more than 10 should email in advance.
  • Due to the nature of the house the first floor is not accessible to those in wheelchairs.

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West Horsley Place - A Brief History

West Horsley PlaceWest Horsley Place is a Grade I listed medieval manor house and estate of great beauty and historic significance. The manor house dates from 1425, though there has been a building on the site since Saxon times. The house is currently on Historic England’s At Risk Register.

The house has had many illustrious owners and visitors, with strong connections to royalty down the centuries. Sir James de Berners a close friend of Richard II was executed by him in 1388. Henry VIII owned West Horsley Place himself for two separate periods in the 1530s and 1540s. Elizabeth I visited twice; once for an entire week in 1559, bringing her court with her and building a temporary theatre in the garden for their entertainment. In the seventeenth century Sir Edward Nicholas was First Secretary to both Charles I and Charles II. In more recent times Queen Mary, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret have been guests.

West Horsley PlaceThe exquisite red brick façade that greets visitors today was built around 1650, when Carew Raleigh (son of Sir Walter Raleigh) owned the estate. Records show that he spent £2000 improving and updating the manor house in effort to make it more fashionable; the façade was built in the very latest Dutch gabled style. It is actually a free-standing wall built on its own foundations and loosely attached to the medieval timber-framed core of the building.

West Horsley PlaceWest Horsley Place is full of a thousand years of stories. Guy Fawkes was a footman here and his master Lord Montague was sent to the Tower on suspicion of being involved with the Gunpowder Plot. Sir Walter Raleigh’s head was brought here by his widow (we have the bag she kept it in) and buried under the stairs. You can find out more by taking a guided tour of the house during the Craft Fair.

Bamber Gascoigne inherited the house in 2014 from his aunt Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe, whose parents bought it in 1931. Bamber and his wife Christina created the Mary Roxburghe Trust to rescue and restore the manor house, outbuildings and wider estate and to give it a bright future as a vibrant centre for the performing and visual arts and teaching of crafts. West Horsley Place is a location for films and television dramas including My Cousin Rachel, Vanity Fair and Ghosts.

Further details can be found here.