Donkey Derby 2019

The Leatrherhead Lions Donkey Derby and Family Fun Day takes place annually  at Polesden Lacey and is jointly organised by the National Trust and Leatherhead & District Lions Club.

The last event took place on:

Sunday 1st September 2019
Gates open 10am - Event starts 11am - First race 1pm

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

Donkey raceNow in its sixth year and with attendances in excess of 7000, the event which takes place at the National Trust property of Polesden Lacey. Jointly organised by the National Trust and Leatherhead & District Lions Club, the emphasis of this charity event is to provide a low-cost day of family entertainment. Entrance to the house, gardens and this event is free for the day to the general public. 

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.

Our 2019 Donkey Derby Sponsors

Our donkeys come from Dashing Donkeys, a stable with an incredible track record - they've been running since 1961. The donkeys' welfare is of utmost importance, and all are cared for in the highest form. They are trained to high standards to do racing and absolutely love their job.

Our charities benefit from the kind sponsorship of our Race and Donkey sponsors. The race sponsors are on the right of this page and the donkey sponsors below:

Three Donkeys

Two Donkeys

One Donkey

Loads 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. Check out the 2019 stallholders:

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.

Polseden Lacy