Donkey Derby 2020

The Leatherhead Lions Donkey Derby and Family Fun Day takes place at Polesden Lacey and is jointly organised by the National Trust and Leatherhead & District Lions Club. This year's event takes place on:

Sunday 6th September 2020
Gates open 10am - Event starts 11am - First race 1pm (TBC)

Entrance to the house, gardens, parking and the event is free for the day to the general public.

Donkey raceNow in its seventh year and with attendances in excess of 7000, the event which takes place on Sunday 6thSeptember at Polesden Lacey aims to provide a low cost day of family entertainment and offers the opportunity for retailers and craftsmen to sell their wares and for charities and community groups to in-crease awareness of their cause and raise funds. Entrance to the house, gardens and this event is free for the day to the general public. All proceeds will go to support local charities and community projects.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 we have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel this year's event. We apologise for the disappointment this will cause but trust that you understand the reasons.

What's on

There's so much to do:

  • Donkey Races
  • Donkey Rides
  • Fun Dog Show
  • Train rides
  • Games
  • Punch and Judy
  • Children's Rides
  • Bouncy Castles
  • Live music
  • Beer Tent
  • Food Court

All proceeds go to support local charities and community projects.

Book your stall Not currently available!

Book early to be one of the fantastic stalls at this year's Donkey Derby. Our booking forms give you the option of having a free entry on our event website as a pitch holder so as to advertise your presence on the day, with an option to link to your own website.

Pitches are 4m wide by 4m deep. Pitch cost is £30 for charities & community stalls or £45 for commercial organisations. Food and beverage pitches are treated separately and you should contact us directly. Either download the paper application form:

... or book right now on line: 

Become a Donkey Derby Sponsor

We have designed a flexible range of sponsorship packages that allow you to promote your business or organisation to a local market in a charitable context in a way that that best suits you:

Celebrate with a Donkey Sponsorship!

Something special to celebrate? Looking for that perfect, quirky present? Why not sponsor a donkey?

Fun Dog Show


Everyone loves a dog show - and with a choice of 10 classes to enter, your dog is bound to have a chance of winning. Just turn up and register on the day.

  1. Most appealing puppy—6-12 months old.
  2. Best condition veteran dog over 8 years.
  3. Prettiest bitch.
  4. Happiest dog with waggiest tail.
  5. Best mixed or matched pair of dogs.
  6. Best cross breed dog.
  7. Best pedigree dog.
  8. Most handsome dog.
  9. Best dog and handler look alike.
  10. The dog the judge would like to take home.

Dog registration 11:00am to 12:00 noon. No need to book in advance, just turn up on the day.
Judging commences 12:30pm
£2 per dog per class entered.

Please come prepared to clean up after your dog.

Lots of Stalls to visit

Take a break from the donkey racing to visit the wide variety of stalls from local organisations, shopping opportunities and activities like face painting.

Polseden Lacy

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