Join Virginia McKenna and Will Travers for a very special in person celebration to mark our Year of the Lion


Date & Time: Friday 23rd September 2022, guest arrivals 7pm

Venue: Denbies Wine Estate, London Rd, Dorking RH5 6AA

Dress Code: Lounge Suit

Tickets: £122 per person, and include a welcome drink, a three course meal with wine, and tea or coffee to finish. 

Will Travers OBE and Virginia McKenna OBE would love you to join them at our 'MANE Event' at the beautiful Denbies Wine Estate, set in the heart of the stunning Surrey countryside. The evening will feature live entertainment and exclusive auction hosted by Born Free Patron, auctioneer James Lewis. See what some of our special guests say below...

Join us as we ROAR for lions in 2022! By attending our special evening you will be supporting our vital lion rescue and conservation work through our Forever Lions fund, set up in honour of the 100th birthday year of our charity’s fearless founder and lionheart, Bill Travers MBE. 

We have tables for 8, 10 or 12 guests available if you would like to book as a group. There is also free onsite parking at the venue, and plenty of hotels in the area.


We’re thrilled that our friends at Shamwari Game Reserve are partnering with us for the MANE event – especially as it’s also Shamwari’s 30th anniversary year and marks 25 years of us working together! 

As home to the majority of our rescued big cats, including our most recent arrivals, The Lions of Lockdown, the team at Shamwari Private Game Reserve are integral to our work, and we are absolutely delighted that some of them will be joining us on the night.

A photo of a lioness roaring


"It is nearly three years since we have had the chance to be together, to share our passion for wildlife. So, it is especially thrilling for Will and I to personally invite you to the Mane Event, and we both hope very much to see you there."


"As a proud Born Free Patron, I'm so excited about the Mane Event in September. It's a very special in-person event to mark the Year of the Lion. I really hope you'll all be joining me at the stunning Denbies Wine Estate!"



"There’s always something so enjoyable and wonderfully comforting about being in the company of like-minded animal-lovers, all sharing a common goal. Born Free’s ‘Mane Event’ will be the epitome of that, and as much as I’m not wishing our summer away, I just can’t wait for September 23rd!"


Born Free Patron James Lewis will be hosting our special auction - there are some amazing lots to bid for, including a stunning original painting of King by artist Emma Bowring! James says: "Born Free stands for everything I do, everything I believe. I hope you will be able to join us on the night!"



We have a range of corporate sponsorship packages available to suit a range of budgets. You can also help by donating items or experiences for our live auction.

If you would like to know more about supporting Born Free through your business, please email Claire Roth - for details.





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