Friends of Woking Palace announce series of talks with Heritage Lottery funding support!

20 March 2014

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The Friends of Woking Palace are delighted to announce an exciting series of talks to take place in Woking this spring/summer.

The varied talks will celebrate the Tudor period and archaeology as part of Woking Palace and its Park, a three year Heritage Lottery funded community-based project, led by the Friends of Woking Palace. It aims to cast light on the development of Woking Palace and its surrounding 590 acre deer park, from its earliest days right through to modern times, including its glorious Tudor heyday.

These talks should appeal to those wanting to know more about the continuing excavations at the site, as well as those interested in the history of the period and modern archaeological techniques.

Henry VIII developed Woking Palace, which became a much favored hunting retreat for himself and other monarchs, from the extensive manorial residence of his granddaughter Lady Margaret Beaufort (Philippa Gregory's "Red Queen") surrounded by its large Deer Park dating back as early as the 13th Century.

The talks are:
Saturday 26 April 2014
"Richard III in Surrey: A Drama in Four Acts"
The Lightbox, 2.30pm
Speaker: Mike Page, County Archivist, Surrey County Council
Tickets: 5 each

Friday 9 May 2014
"Archaeology without Digging: Aerial Photography, LiDAR and Geophysics"

The Lightbox, 1pm
Speaker: Richard Savage, Vice President Surrey Archaeological Society, and former Chairman Friends of Woking Palace
Tickets: Free but please book

Saturday 14 June 2014
"The Game of Kings: A rich history of Real Tennis, its origins, equipment, courts and colourful exponents through to the present day"

Surrey History Centre, 2.30pm
Speakers: Lesley Ronaldson, Hampton Court Palace Lecturer and Real Tennis Professional
Tickets: 5 each

The talks will take place at two local venues, The Lightbox (easily accessible from Woking Town Centre), and the Surrey History Centre (around 10 minutes walk from Woking Town Centre, with car parking facilities).

Booking is essential for all talks.

To book tickets, please email or call 01483 518722.

To book your ticket/s for each talk please indicate number of tickets required together with your name, address and telephone/email contact details and send payment by cheque, made payable to Friends of Woking Palace, to Rebecca Doorbar at:

Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking, Surrey
GU21 6ND

Booking form available on

There are exciting year-round activities planned as part of the Woking Palace and its Park project, which will run until March 2016. The Friends of Woking Palace are actively looking for new volunteers and participants to be involved. For more information on the project and the Friends of Woking Palace, please see:, email or phone 01483 768685.