The Black Down and Hindhead Supporters Committee runs a programme of public events each year, which are offered free or at a reduced cost to our members.

We also support a number of other events organised by the local National Trust teams and local affiliated community groups. If you are considering hosting an event to support the National Trust, do get in touch. We will publish updates to all featured events as they become available.

Bird Walk

26 May 2023 at 8am
Pied Flycatcher – Photo: Edward Stubbs

Join bird-watching enthusiast Paul Matson to look for some of the birds that can be found on Black Down at this exciting time of year. As in previous years, Paul will lead a gentle walk around Black Down, looking for some of the birds that make this site so special.

Places limited to 15, and booking is essential.  Open to all, but members are given priority – please email: 

Educate and Inspire Lecture 2023

Monday 12 June 2023, evening
Hilary McGrady, ©National Trust/James Dobson

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear in person from Hilary McGrady, Director General of the National Trust, who will be our guest speaker for our Annual Educate and Inspire Lecture: Meeting the needs of the nation – 128 years of the National Trust.  Monday 12 June 2023.  Check back here or in the members’ e-newsletters for updates, or email:

Photographic Competition

Closing date for entries 30th November 2023
Photo: Clare Bent

The Black Down and Hindhead Supporters of the National Trust Committee runs an annual competition for the best photos taken of or from the National Trust properties around Hindhead and Haslemere. The full list of eligible sites is included in the rules (download here)

Entry is free, but donations towards the local National Trust sites are all warmly welcomed. Up to two images can be submitted, by email to indicating the photographer’s name, age (if under 16) and where each image was taken. Raymond Reid Photo is kindly sponsoring the event, with voucher prizes for the best three photos by adults and the best junior photograph. Deadline 30th November 2023.

Punch Bowl Challenges

2023 date to be announced, usually September
Highcombe Edge

Black Down & Hindhead Supporters of the National Trust have for several years worked with the Haslemere Border Athletics Club to run “The Punchbowl Challenges”, popular 10km, 5km and 1km runs in this iconic site. Visit Punch Bowl Challenges | Haslemere Border AC for more information.

Arrangements to be confirmed for the 2023 event – check back here or in the members’ e-newsletter.

Quiz Night, Fernhurst, Village Hall

Saturday 7th October 2023

The ever popular Fernhurst village hall quiz night returned in October 2022 and was a great success.

Why not make up a table of eight for the 2023 quiz?  Booking information will be published here and in our members’ e-newsletter nearer the time.

Fungal Foray

2023 date to be announced - Autumn
Photo: Hannah Trask

When mushroom season comes around again, join a guided foray in one of the National Trust’s autumnal woodlands.

Date and location to be advised here and in the members’ e-newsletter later in the year.

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