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Accessibility

Access to the house by wheelchair or for those who have trouble climbing stairs is made very easy by a purpose built lift installed during the restoration. The only area not accessible is the Library, however staff can provide a short video showing the appearance of the room. Fully accessible toilets are available, as well as a hearing loop in the shop.

Buying your tickets online

Please select your event and follow the instructions.

Your e-ticket will be emailed to you upon completion - print it and bring to the event.

The Dining Club

Enjoy a ‘fine dining experience’ in one of the historic rooms of the house.
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Events 2017

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No events for January as yet. Please call back later.

All events: FoSH Exclusives

Art History Talks with Alison Meek: Two Temple Place

Thu 9 Feb 2017  at 11:00 AM

We are delighted that Alison Meek will be giving another series of talks to Friends.

In this series of art history talks, our visits will be to galleries where art was collected, commissioned or compiled by an individual, family or institution to their tastes and interests, often reflected in the design of the building itself.

This talk is taking place at 2 Temple Place, one of London's architectural gems and an extraordinary late Victorian mansion built by William Waldorf Astor on Embankment.

Tickets are £13.50 per lecture but you can book 4 for £45. We are limited to 20 people per lecture so book early for this very popular series.

Please note that this event is available to Friends of Strawberry Hill exclusively. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Friend please click here.

Adults only

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All events: Gothic

Gothic Bookclub: Émile Zola's Thérèse Raquin

Mon 13 Feb 2017  at 07:30 PM

Perhaps his most famous work, Émile Zola's Thérèse Raquin is a dark and gripping story of lust, violence and guilt, set in the gloomy back streets of Paris.

Adult


All events: Other

The Great Annual FoSH Quiz

Fri 24 Feb 2017  at 07:00 PM

Back by popular demand, the Friends of Strawberry Hill (FoSH) would like to welcome eggheads to their annual quiz.

Held this year in the spectacular surroundings of Strawberry Hill gallery, each £15 ticket will entitle visitors to a fantastic evening of quizzing and a delicious ploughman’s supper.

As usual tables will facilitate quiz teams of 8, so please organise a group of eight prior to booking and book all tickets in one transaction. Doors open at 7pm with the quiz beginning at 7:30pm.

For those seeking an extra treat, members of the public that would like to acquire FoSH membership prior to this event will be invited to join us for a complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival and an exclusive sneak peak of fabulous Strawberry Hill. If you wish to redeem this offer, please select the “New FoSH Member” ticket option when booking this event and purchase membership through our website by clicking here.

Please note that this offer is not available for pre-existing FoSH members.

Adults only

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All events: Other

Season Preview Guided Tour

Sun 12 Mar 2017  at 11:00 AM

Strawberry Hill reopens to the public in April, but if you can't wait that long to experience Horace Walpole's gothic castle then you might enjoy our 'Season Preview Guided Tour'.

Our guides will take you on a 90 minute tour of Strawberry Hill. You will learn about its history, architecture and restoration, and hear the stories of its residents.

This guided tour takes place when the house is closed to public opening. You may get the added bonus of seeing conservation in action or object installation. Please note the cafe will not be open on the day of your tour.

Recommended 12 years plus


All events: Other

"The Legacy and Ghost of Pope" Symposium

Fri 17 Mar 2017  at 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM

BOOKING CLOSED

Come along to Strawberry Hill as the Pope's Grotto Preservation Trust and the Strawberry Hill Trust join forces to present the symposium "The Legacy and Ghost of Pope".

World-renowned landscape architect Kim Wilkie will be in conversation with leading academics Professor Judith Hawley from Royal Holloway, University of London and Chris Sumner, architectural and garden historian. Topics of discussion will include 18th Century Twickenham's place in literary history, the Thames landscape and the major houses of the area.

There will also be an opportunity to receive an update on the conservation and restoration of Pope's Grotto and Strawberry Hill, as well as an exclusive preview of the exciting digital reconstruction of the Grotto.  

Your ticket will include lunch at Strawberry Hill's Cloister Cafe and a tour of Strawberry Hill House. There are also a limited number of places available to explore the Grotto by candlelight (£5 minimum voluntary contribution, bookable on the day)

Recommended 18+

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All events: Gothic

The Gothic Bookclub: The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte P Gilman

Mon 20 Mar 2017  at 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

The Greatcoat is set in the winter of 1952.  Isabel Carey moves to the East Riding of Yorkshire with her husband Philip, a GP. With Philip spending long hours on call, Isabel finds herself isolated and lonely as she strives to adjust to the realities of married life.

The Yellow Wallpaper, a 6000 word short story first published in 1892, is a harrowing tale of a woman's descent into madness.

Adult


All events: Other

Season Preview Guided Tour

Sun 26 Mar 2017  at 11:00 AM

Strawberry Hill reopens to the public in April, but if you can't wait that long to experience Horace Walpole's gothic castle then you might enjoy our 'Season Preview Guided Tour'.

Our guides will take you on a 90 minute tour of Strawberry Hill. You will learn about its history, architecture and restoration, and hear the stories of its residents.

This guided tour takes place when the house is closed to public opening. You may get the added bonus of seeing conservation in action or object installation. Please note the cafe will not be open on the day of your tour.

Recommended 12 years plus


All events: Other

Season Preview Guided Tour

Wed 29 Mar 2017  at 11:00 AM

Strawberry Hill reopens to the public in April, but if you can't wait that long to experience Horace Walpole's gothic castle then you might enjoy our 'Season Preview Guided Tour'.

Our guides will take you on a 90 minute tour of Strawberry Hill. You will learn about its history, architecture and restoration, and hear the stories of its residents.

This guided tour takes place when the house is closed to public opening. You may get the added bonus of seeing conservation in action or object installation. Please note the cafe will not be open on the day of your tour.

Recommended 12 years plus


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Art History Talks with Alison Meek: Strawberry Hill House

Thu 30 Mar 2017  at 10:30 AM

We are delighted that Alison Meek will be giving another series of talks to Friends.

In this series of art history talks, our visits will be to galleries where art was collected, commissioned or compiled by an individual, family or institution to their tastes and interests, often reflected in the design of the building itself.

In this talk Alison will be exploring the collection at our very own Strawberry Hill House.

Tickets are £13.50 per lecture but you can book 4 for £45. We are limited to 20 people per lecture so book early for this very popular series.

Please not that this event is exclusive to Friends of Strawberry Hill. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Friend please click here.

Adults only


All events: Children & Families

Easter Trail 2017 Patapan’s Great Adventure

Sun 2 Apr 2017 - Mon 17 Apr 2017,

Explore our enchanting gardens this Easter holiday with a Spring in your step as you follow in the paw prints of Horace Walpole’s cheeky pooch Patapan. This year we are going nuts for nature in our ‘senses’ational new outdoor trail. Em‘bark’ on Patapan’s Great Adventure and don’t forget to collect your chocolate treat and enter the postcard competition. Why not visit our café or book on to a Walpole Wednesday children’s activity and enjoy the fairytale setting for a little longer!

£2 per child, no booking necessary. 2- 17th April 2017 Sun- Wed and Easter Saturday (as house opening hours). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Family Activities - Walpole Wednesdays: Colourful Castle

Wed 5 Apr 2017 , 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Get playful with colour, experiment with vibrant shades used in the House and make a stained glass window in magical multicolour to illuminate your home.

Under 5s. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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All events: Children & Families

Family Activities - Walpole Wednesdays: Golden Gilding

Wed 5 Apr 2017 , 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

Have you seen all that glitters on our Gallery ceiling? Try your hand at some gold leaf crafting to decorate magnificent treasures that Horace would have been delighted by.

Over 5s. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.


All events: Children & Families

Family Activities - Walpole Wednesdays: Once Upon a Time...

Wed 12 Apr 2017 , 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Our magical castle is the perfect setting for a fairytale workshop with stories, crafts and a sprinkling of glitter!

Under 5s. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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All events: Children & Families

Family Activities - Walpole Wednesdays: Create a Comic

Wed 12 Apr 2017 , 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

Transform yourself with our historical costumes, make your own props and bring your imagination to life by creating a graphic story using our iPads. Will you choose a creepy comic or a fairytale fantasy?

Over 5s. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.


All events: Gothic

Gothic Bookclub: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Mon 24 Apr 2017 , 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

 A searing, post apocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece.

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

Adult


All events: Other

DecorCafe Network Home & Garden Festival at Strawberry Hill House

Fri 5 May 2017  at 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Join us to discover original home and garden exhibitors, enjoy expert talks, demonstrations, tastings and consultations.  

Talk topics include: Colour your home with leading colour expert Karen Haller, The Healthy Home: eat to be the best that you can be with nutritionist Hilary Davies, style your garden with garden designer Sarah Speller.  Carolyn Dunster will be signing copies of her new book The Urban Gardner  

Tastings & Consultations include: ask the expert: interior and garden consultations, sensational summer wine and food pairings, making time for mindfulness, soft furnishing design, upholstery, lampshade making and furniture painting demos.

There will be delicious food and refreshments available throughout the day.

For further information and to book a ticket click here


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Guided Tour of Apsley House

Wed 10 May 2017  at 11:30 AM

Standing in the heart of London, Apsley House is the former home of the 1st Duke of Wellington, victor of Waterloo. Designed and built by Robert Adam in the 1770s, the house was bought by the duke in 1817. He transformed it into a palatial residence and filled it with works of art and gifts from grateful rulers across Europe. The public rooms now form a dazzling backdrop to Wellington’s outstanding collection. Join the Friends of Strawberry Hill as they explore this wonderful property.

Adults only


All events: Music & Theatre

Alexander Pope: A Search for Perfection

Wed 17 May 2017  at 07:00 PM

Written and performed by Giles Abbott

Alexander Pope: Celebrated poet, savage satirist, Twickenham resident.

Award winning blind storyteller, Giles Abbott weaves the complexities of Pope’s life into a piece commissioned by Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust.

"One of the best nights I've ever spent at a live performance". “Moved me to tears”. “Giles Abbott is absolutely fantastic. He brings it all to life in a magical way”.

Tickets £8, book at www.ticketsource.co.uk/popesgrotto


All events: Gothic

The Original Gothic Experience

Thu 18 May 2017  at 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Night, June 1764, Horace Walpole awakes with a scream. He is in his bedroom in his Gothic Castle, Strawberry Hill. His head full of the images and swirling thoughts left by a vivid nightmare, he rises, lights a candle, and starts to write … 'The Castle of Otranto' … the first Gothic novel is born. At night in Strawberry Hill, the dread and horror of Horace’s dream can still be sensed as you climb the stairs, walk the shadowy corridors and pass through the gloomth of rooms whose mirrors reflect ancient stained glass. Experience Strawberry Hill as never before. Suitable for 16-17 18+ 

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All events: Other

An Evening with Sir David Attenborough and the Letters of Horace Walpole

Wed 14 Jun 2017  at 08:00 PM

In celebration of Horace Walpole’s birthday, Strawberry Hill House is honoured that Sir David Attenborough is joining us to read from Everyman Library's newly re-issued 'Selected Letters of Horace Walpole'. 

Come and hear Britain’s best-loved voice reading the wit and wisdom of Strawberry Hill’s founding father, complemented by a rich repertoire of early music from period ensemble FOLLIA.

Tickets are £35, which includes the reading with accompanying period quartet and soprano, a glass of Prosecco or elderflower on arrival and exclusive out-of-hours access to Strawberry Hill House. The money raised from this event will support the ongoing maintenance of the House and Garden.

We hope to see you there.

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All events: FoSH Exclusives

Art History Talks with Alison Meek: UCL

Thu 15 Jun 2017  at 11:00 AM

We are delighted that Alison Meek will be giving another series of talks to Friends.

In this series of art history talks, our visits will be to galleries where art was collected, commissioned or compiled by an individual, family or institution to their tastes and interests, often reflected in the design of the building itself.

This talk will be focussing on the rising stars of the Slade School of Art, exhibited at the UCL Art Museum. Tickets are £13.50 per lecture but you can book 4 for £45.

We are limited to 20 people per lecture so book early for this very popular series.

Please note that this event is available exclusively to Friends of Strawberry Hill. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Friend please click here.

Adults only


All events: The Garden

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Sat 17 Jun 2017 - Sun 18 Jun 2017 at 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Strawberry Hill is taking part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 2017.

Over 230 secret, private and unique gardens open their gates to the public on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June. Ranging from historic and traditional to new and experimental, and including, roof gardens, community allotments, and gardens belonging to historic buildings, institutions, restaurants, schools and shops - this is London’s biggest garden-visiting weekend. The Weekend includes an exciting programme of tours, walks, talks and cycle rides - all for free with a weekend ticket - including art and sculpture, poets in residence and family-themed activities.

Organised by the London Parks & Gardens Trust, and now in its’ 20th year, Open Garden Squares Weekend highlights the significant social, cultural, environmental and economic contribution that gardens, squares and green spaces make to the capital and its inhabitants.

There are 31 new gardens to explore in 2017 and a few surprises still to be announced so keep an eye on the website or follow @opensquares on Twitter.

Tickets are on sale now: £13 in advance / £15 over the Weekend / £10 Sunday-only. Under 12s go free.

For more information and tickets visit: www.opensquares.org

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Music & Fun Day

Sun 2 Jul 2017  at 12:00 PM - 07:30 PM

Our annual music and family fun day raises funds for the ongoing restoration of this important local house and garden, providing our local community with a wonderful fun day out.

Regarded as the biggest and best fun day in the borough with a number of attractions to enjoy – Live Music Stage, Crafts, Charity Stalls, Children’s Rides and Entertainment, Food Stalls, Ice Cream, Beer & Pimms Tent. Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy.

Performers

12.30 – 12.55: The Holt Brothers

1.10 – 1.50:     Big Tooth

2.05 – 2.55:     Big Steam

3.10 – 4.00:     Odgers, Simmonds & Bedford

4.15 – 5.05:     The Mustangs

5.20 – 6.00:     Nark Drool & The Shudders

6.20 – 7.30:     The Eel Pie Allstars

Entry: Suggested donation £4 adults, £1 0-16 years.

All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

No booking required.


No events for August as yet. Please call back later.

All events: The Garden

Join Alan Titchmarsh for a stroll around the garden and champagne afternoon tea in the Gallery

Wed 6 Sep 2017  at 02:30 PM

Join Alan and the gardening team for a short stroll through our enchanting garden recently restored to its 18th Century heyday and listen to the bird song in this little oasis, then enjoy Champagne afternoon tea in The Gallery.

On Wednesday 6 September, Alan Titchmarsh, Britain’s best-loved gardener and presenter will be opening our Woodland Walk. The Woodland Walk has been created by our Gardener-in-Charge and gardening volunteer team with students from Richmond College planting over 200 new trees, shrubs, flowers and bulbs. This project completes the final piece of our historic garden restoration and has been generously supported by Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, Richmond Borough Council Civic Pride and the Worshipful Company of Gardeners.

Tickets are £50 and funds raised will go towards the ongoing maintenance of our House and Garden.


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Inns of Court - Visit to Inner Temple

Thu 7 Sep 2017  at 11:00 AM

In the middle of the 12th Century, the Military Order of the Knights Templar built a fine round church by the Thames, which became known as the Temple Church.

Two Centuries later, after the abolition of the Order in 1312, lawyers came to occupy the Temple site and buildings, forming themselves into two societies - the Inner Temple and Middle Temple. Join the Friends of Strawberry Hill as they visit both Temples on two separate occasions, beginning with the Inner Temple.

Have a look at our 'What's On' page for November to book on to the Middle Temple visit.

Each £15 will include refreshments on arrival.

Adults only


All events: Lectures

Alison Weir talks about her new book Six Tudor Queens

Wed 18 Oct 2017  at 07:30 PM

The lives of Henry VIII’s wives make for dramatic stories. In her current and forthcoming series of novels, Alison Weir offers new insights into the real lives of these six queens, evoking the world of a court dominated by the will of an egomaniacal, suggestible king, and the power politics and ruthlessness that were the reality behind its magnificent façade. She will relate how Henry’s six queens lived a hair’s breadth away from disaster – and how it frequently overtook them. Theirs are grim and tragic stories, set in a lost world of splendour and brutality: a world in which love, or the game of it, dominated, but dynastic pressures overrode any romantic considerations. In this world, one dominated by religious change, there are few saints.

Adult


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Inns of Court - Visit to Middle Temple

Thu 2 Nov 2017  at 11:00 AM

In the middle of the 12th Century, the Military Order of the Knights Templar built a fine round church by the Thames, which became known as the Temple Church.

Two Centuries later, after the abolition of the Order in 1312, lawyers came to occupy the Temple site and buildings, forming themselves into two societies - the Inner Temple and Middle Temple.

Join the Friends of Strawberry Hill as they visit both Temples on two separate occasions, beginning with the Inner Temple. Have a look at our 'What's On' page for September to book on to the Inner Temple visit.

Each £15 will include refreshments on arrival.

Adults only


No events for December as yet. Please call back later.