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Celebrating the Heritage of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

May 26, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm


Members are able to benefit from a unique opportunity to learn more about the author and his home in Surrey, Undershaw, as we join Stepping Stones School as they open their doors this weekend.  Renovated in 2016 the house today is fully accessible and restored to its original plans. Now the host to Stepping Stones School, each room has a new function but the original features are still visible throughout the building reflecting the life he led in Surrey with his family and friends.  This is the latest in a series of events to celebrate the heritage of a great man and will include opportunities to walk in his footsteps, visit the home he designed and built for his family, sit in the study in which he brought Sherlock Holmes back to life and learn more about his interests.   Following his visit to the site when choosing to construct his new home he wrote: ‘If we could have ordered nature to construct a spot for us, it could not have hit upon anything more perfect.’   We welcome you all to come and find out for yourselves!

The day at Undershaw will cost £20 to cover the tour and talks, regardless of how many you sign up for.  The day at Undershaw will include an opportunity to enjoy the grounds and the house with refreshments on-site during the day.  The Cookie Bus, a restored London Routemaster Bus and social enterprise scheme, will provide coffee and cookies and light meals.  All proceeds from the day will be going to support the educational and heritage work of Stepping Stones School.

In the evening, Torchlight Theatre presents The Hounds of the Baskervilles.  There is an addition cost of £12 per person for this to cover production costs of the show.

Time Event
Sign up on arrival A tour of the Undershaw building with volunteers and students of Stepping Stones School to see the restoration of the home of Sir Arthur using notes from the architect and heritage team.
11am Talk by Ann Treherne, Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh:  Conan Doyle’s Early Life and interest in Spriritualism
1pm Talk by Dr Marion Dell, local historian, Haslemere:  “We could not have hit upon anything more perfect” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his family and friends at Undershaw
3pm Talk by Bonnie MacBird, Screenwriter, Hollywood and author :  Sherlock in Film & Print
6.30pm Theatre production of The Hounds of the Baskervilles by Torchlight Mysteries, Portsmouth: A fast paced, far-fetched spoof of this beloved Holmesian classic, Conan Doyle’s famous novel is given a fondly farcical overhaul in this caper through, London, Dartmoor, and back to Baker Street!

Members are asked to make their own travel arrangements.  There is plenty of parking close by, though not actually in the grounds of Undershaw itself.    There is a direct train service from London Waterloo to Haslemere, with trains running roughly every 15 minutes and taking around 50 minutes to 1 hour.  Staff from Undershaw will meet the trains with the school bus and drive people back to the station after the events – there is space on the booking form should you need that.

For those wishing to stay in the area the school has negotiated favourable rates with two hotels:

The Station Hotel is oppposite Haslemere Station and a 10 minute bus ride to Undershaw or walk to the centre of Haslemere:  33 Lower St, Haslemere GU27 2PD  Tel: 01428 776560  and can be booked online using the discount code STEP2018 at   www.thestationhousehaslemere.co.uk/

The Devil’s Punchbowl Hotel is a 2 minute walk to Undershaw and The National Trust’s property of the same name:  52 London Rd, Hindhead GU26 6AG   Tel: 01428 606565  and can be booked online with discount already applied for the 25th & 26th May at   www.devilspunchbowlhotel.co.uk

Further information available from fundraising@steppingstones.org.uk or on the school website  http://www.steppingstones.org.uk/Community/Conan-Doyle-Events/

  • Meet at Undershaw for 11am
  • Charge for the daytime –  £20.00 / US$30.00 per person
  • Charge for the evening play – £12 / US$18.00

Image Credit: By Unknown – Victorian Society, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11229287

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May 26, 2018
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Portsmouth Road
Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6SU United Kingdom
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