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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.
Details and booking

Events 2014

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

All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

12 February 2014, 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is also opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Dining Club

The Dining Club

13 February 2014, 07:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Enjoy a 'fine dining experience' in one of the historic rooms of the house followed by a talk from Bamber Gascoigne, the British television presenter and author, best known for being the original quizmaster on University Challenge.

Membership of the Dining Club is required - join now.

Adults only

Sold out


All events: Gothic

Gothic Bookclub

20 February 2014, 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Join us in the Gallery to discuss the first published gothic novel, Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto.  

Adults


All events: FoSH Exclusives

The Great Annual FoSH Quiz

21 February 2014, 07:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Doors open at 7pm and the quiz starts at 7.30pm. The Annual Friends of Strawberry Hill Quiz has become something of an institution... Join us and impress all with your general knowledge and enjoy our famous ploughman's supper. Bookings are made as tables of 8 @ £13.50 per head. This event is held at Clarendon Hall, York House, Twickenham.

Sold out


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

26 February 2014, 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: Lectures

Walpole's Lost Treasures

1 March 2014, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Strawberry Hill's Research Curator, Dr Silvia Davioli will explain her exciting role tracing Horace Walpole's renowned collection which was dispersed during the Great Sale of 1842.

Sold out


All events: Lectures

Walpole's Lost Treasures

1 March 2014, 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Strawberry Hill's Research Curator, Dr Silvia Davioli will explain her exciting role tracing Horace Walpole's renowned collection which was dispersed during the Great Sale of 1842.

Sold out


All events: Other

Behind Closed Doors

1 March 2014, 12:00 PM

On our first open day of 2014 visitors enjoy exclusive access to five rooms never before opened to the public before restoration work begins, alongside the beautifully conserved areas already on display.

Access to the Breakfast Room, Green Closet, Red Bedchamber, Mr Walpole's Bedchamber, and the Plaid Chamber will be included in the normal ticket price.This will be your only opportunity to see all of these rooms together before they reopen in 2015. 

While enjoying the house visitors will also have the chance to meet our craftsmen and quiz members of our architectural team. Afterwards there will be chances to try gilding (drop-in paid activity) or enjoy a lecture describing our hunt for Walpole's Lost Treasures (£5, advance booking required)

Buy admission tickets (last admission 4:20pm)

Purchase tickets for Walpole's Lost Treasures at 1pm or 3pm


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Exclusive FoSH Tour of The Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum

11 March 2014, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

We are delighted to be able to offer our Friends an exclusive, private tour of the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum. The Enlightenment was an age of reason and learning that flourished across Europe and America from about 1680 to 1820. This rich and diverse permanent exhibition uses thousands of objects to demonstrate how people in Britain understood their world during this period. It is housed in the King’s Library, the former home of the library of King George III. Objects on display reveal the way in which collectors, such as Horace Walpole, antiquaries and travellers during this great age of discovery viewed and classified objects from the world around them.

Please meet outside the Enlightenment Gallery at 11.15. The tour will start at 11.30 and last approximately one hour. The cost for the tour is £15.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

12 March 2014, 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

12 March 2014, 03:30 PM

Strawberry Hill's Eighteenth Century garden is one of the earliest in the English naturalistic style. This beautiful landscape offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy views of the fairy tale castle from Walpole's extraordinary recreated shell bench, see a rare example of a theatrical border and discover the quaint gothic revival style Priors Garden.

Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You can learn about its key features, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Other

Wedding Showcase

16 March 2014, 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Grab a glass of fizz and walk through your perfect day with us.

View the magnificent Gallery where your ceremony will take place, and continue into the stately Waldegrave Suite of St Mary's where your celebrations can continue long into the evening.

Meet our friendly staff, sample canapés and discuss menus. See bridal wear, meet local florists, photographers and other providers of wedding services to start planning for this important occasion.

This event is held in conjunction with St Mary's University College.

Any bookings taken on the day will receive a 10% discount on the hire of each site.

No booking required.


All events: The Garden

Seed Swap

22 March 2014, 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Annual Spring Seed Swap. A chance to meet fellow gardeners to swap seeds and growing ideas over a cup of tea. Swapping envelopes and refreshments provided. Please bring seeds to swap or a small donation.

All welcome

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

26 March 2014, 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+

Sold out


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

26 March 2014, 03:30 PM

Strawberry Hill's Eighteenth Century garden is one of the earliest in the English naturalistic style. This beautiful landscape offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy views of the fairy tale castle from Walpole's extraordinary recreated shell bench, see a rare example of a theatrical border and discover the quaint gothic revival style Priors Garden.

Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You can learn about its key features, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Gothic Bookclub

27 March 2014, 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Join us in the Gallery to discuss Vathek by William Beckford.   Described as one of the strangest eighteenth-century novels, it is the story of the ruthless Caliph Vathek's journey to damnation.  

Adults


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Tour and Talk in the Garden

27 March 2014, 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Friends of Strawberry Hill are invited to an event we are hosting here at Strawberry Hill House. Throughout 2014, the Friends are raising money to fund the living roof for the new visitors’ centre, due for completion in May 2014. We would be delighted if you would join us for a talk and tour of the garden on Thursday 27th March, when our gardener, Jenny Sarginson will be talking about the bio-diversity of the living roof. This event is free, but do please book. Please meet in the Cloister Coffee House at 3pm


All events: Music & Theatre

JMW Turner – Elemental

28 March 2014, 07:30 PM

A play for the Turner’s House Trust by Dianne Cutlack. Directed by Raymond Daniel-Davies. Original music by Leigh Stevenson.

From humble beginnings in Covent Garden, William Turner rose to become one of England’s most influential painters, a pillar of the Royal Academy.

Elemental is a spirited portrayal of a complex and headstrong man who defied convention and courted controversy in his lifestyle and his art. Revealing the individual behind such famous works as The Fighting Temeraire, the play brings Turner, his closest circle and his greatest foe back to life in the glorious Gallery of Strawberry Hill.

The play is 90 min in length plus a 20-min interval.

12 years +


All events: Music & Theatre

JMW Turner – Elemental

29 March 2014, 07:30 PM

A play for the Turner’s House Trust by Dianne Cutlack. Directed by Raymond Daniel-Davies. Original music by Leigh Stevenson.

From humble beginnings in Covent Garden, William Turner rose to become one of England’s most influential painters, a pillar of the Royal Academy.

Elemental is a spirited portrayal of a complex and headstrong man who defied convention and courted controversy in his lifestyle and his art. Revealing the individual behind such famous works as The Fighting Temeraire, the play brings Turner, his closest circle and his greatest foe back to life in the glorious Gallery of Strawberry Hill.

The play is 90 min in length plus a 20-min interval.

12 years +


All events: Music & Theatre

JMW Turner – Elemental

30 March 2014, 07:30 PM

A play for the Turner’s House Trust by Dianne Cutlack. Directed by Raymond Daniel-Davies. Original music by Leigh Stevenson.

From humble beginnings in Covent Garden, William Turner rose to become one of England’s most influential painters, a pillar of the Royal Academy.

Elemental is a spirited portrayal of a complex and headstrong man who defied convention and courted controversy in his lifestyle and his art. Revealing the individual behind such famous works as The Fighting Temeraire, the play brings Turner, his closest circle and his greatest foe back to life in the glorious Gallery of Strawberry Hill.

The play is 90 min in length plus a 20-min interval.

12 years +


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

All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

14 May 2014, 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

14 May 2014, 03:30 PM

Strawberry Hill's Eighteenth Century garden is one of the earliest in the English naturalistic style. This beautiful landscape offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy views of the fairy tale castle from Walpole's extraordinary recreated shell bench, see a rare example of a theatrical border and discover the quaint gothic revival style Priors Garden.

Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You can learn about its key features, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: The Garden

Chelsea Fringe: Making Meadows

17 May 2014, 02:00 PM

This year Strawberry Hill is delighted to be taking part in the Chelsea Fringe.

As part of the restoration of the 18th century landscape our garden team are installing a large area of wildflower meadow into the lawns and planting. A wildflower meadow is also being installed as a green roof on the new visitor centre roof.

Come and see the meadows being planted and hear about how you can do this in your own garden during a short walking tour.

This is a free event and booking is not required. We are also offering 2 for 1 entry to the house for anyone attending this event. If you would like to join the tour please meet us outside the shop at 2pm.

To find out about more Chelsea Fringe activities visit http://www.chelseafringe.com/

No booking required.


All events: The Garden

Chelsea Fringe: Making Meadows

17 May 2014, 04:00 PM

This year Strawberry Hill is delighted to be taking part in the Chelsea Fringe.

As part of the restoration of the 18th century landscape our garden team are installing a large area of wildflower meadow into the lawns and planting. A wildflower meadow is also being installed as a green roof on the new visitor centre roof.

Come and see the meadows being planted and hear about how you can do this in your own garden during a short walking tour.

This is a free event and booking is not required. We are also offering 2 for 1 entry to the house for anyone attending this event. If you would like to join the tour please meet us outside the shop at 2pm.

To find out about more Chelsea Fringe activities visit http://www.chelseafringe.com/

No booking required.


All events: The Garden

Chelsea Fringe: Arcadian Thames Walk

17 May 2014, 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Led by Chris Sumner, Garden Historian and Sally Williams, Keeper of the Inventory, London Parks and Gardens Trust, the walk will begin at Strawberry Hill, the extraordinary gothic which Sir Horace Walpole commenced building in 1747.

Both house and garden have recently undergone a major restoration. The walk will continue through Radnor Gardens and then trace what remains of the gardens of Pope's Villa before reaching Twickenham, its riverside gardens and the gardens of York House.

Please note that entry to Strawberry Hill House is not included in this event, nor is Pope's Grotto, which may be visited on one of the open days in July.

This free tour departs at 2p from the front of Strawberry Hill House.

To find out about more Chelsea Fringe activities visit http://www.chelseafringe.com/

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Windmills and Helicopters

24 May 2014, 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Join our drop in activity and catch the wind with your own homemade windmill or helicopter.

£2 a go, booking not required.

All ages welcome. Under 8's must be accompanied by an adult.

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

28 May 2014, 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

28 May 2014, 03:30 PM

Strawberry Hill's Eighteenth Century garden is one of the earliest in the English naturalistic style. This beautiful landscape offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy views of the fairy tale castle from Walpole's extraordinary recreated shell bench, see a rare example of a theatrical border and discover the quaint gothic revival style Priors Garden.

Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You can learn about its key features, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Fabulous Fairy Tales for the under 5’s: Three Little Pigs

28 May 2014, 11:00 AM

Listen to a famous fairy tale, the story of the “Three Little Pigs” then your little ones can make their own pigs and blow them over in this charming twist on a fairy tale classic. Advanced booking required. Please only book one place per child.

Under 5's. Must be accompanied by an adult

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

28 May 2014, 01:00 PM

Whip up a storm at Strawberry Hill. Make your very own kite and then fly it in the gardens of our magical white castle. Advanced booking required. Please only book one place per child.

For over 5's. Under 8's must be accompanied by an adult.

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Chelsea Fringe: Hahahopscotch, Garden Galavant

28 May 2014, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Enjoy a morning of children's games run by Hahahopscotch in the beautiful gardens of Strawberry hill as part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival.

Garden Galavant bounces through 600 years of gardening.

Booking not required. £4.50 per child.

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

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Chelsea Fringe: Hahahopscotch, Traditional Games

28 May 2014, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Enjoy children's games run by Hahahopscotch in the beautiful gardens of Strawberry hill as part of the Chelsea Fringe Festival.

Have a go at traditional games with sack races, tug of war and hoops

Booking not required. £4.50 per child.

All ages. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Festival of Fun

1 June 2014 11:00 AM

Get a taste of Summer at Strawberry as the garden plays host to a day of family fun. Have a go at archery, bring a stuffed toy to the Teddy Bear's Picnic and meet animals from Kidsrome Petting Zoo. Refreshments will be available from our new Cloisters Coffee House or bring a picnic and enjoy our fabulous gardens. The Festival launches our exciting range of summer workshops and drop-in activities until the end of August.  Entry to Festival of Fun is free but some activities will be charged.


No booking required.


All events: The Garden

Chelsea Fringe: Making Meadows

4 June 2014 04:00 PM

This year Strawberry Hill is delighted to be taking part in the Chelsea Fringe.

As part of the restoration of the 18th century landscape our garden team are installing a large area of wildflower meadow into the lawns and planting. A wildflower meadow is also being installed as a green roof on the new visitor centre roof.

Come and see the meadows being planted and hear about how you can do this in your own garden during a short walking tour.

This is a free event and booking is not required. We are also offering 2 for 1 entry to the house for anyone attending this event. If you would like to join the tour please meet us outside the shop at 2pm.

To find out about more Chelsea Fringe activities visit http://www.chelseafringe.com/

No booking required.


All events: The Garden

Chelsea Fringe: Making Meadows

4 June 2014 02:00 PM

This year Strawberry Hill is delighted to be taking part in the Chelsea Fringe.

As part of the restoration of the 18th century landscape our garden team are installing a large area of wildflower meadow into the lawns and planting. A wildflower meadow is also being installed as a green roof on the new visitor centre roof.

Come and see the meadows being planted and hear about how you can do this in your own garden during a short walking tour.

This is a free event and booking is not required. We are also offering 2 for 1 entry to the house for anyone attending this event. If you would like to join the tour please meet us outside the shop at 2pm.

To find out about more Chelsea Fringe activities visit http://www.chelseafringe.com/

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Sunshine and Rainbows

7 June 2014 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Celebrate the best of our British weather and make your very own 'smiling suns' and colourful paper rainbow mobiles.

Please note there is a small charge of £2 per child.

No age restriction. Under 8's must be accompanied by an adult.

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

11 June 2014 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

11 June 2014 03:30 PM

Strawberry Hill's Eighteenth Century garden is one of the earliest in the English naturalistic style. This beautiful landscape offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy views of the fairy tale castle from Walpole's extraordinary recreated shell bench, see a rare example of a theatrical border and discover the quaint gothic revival style Priors Garden.

Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You can learn about its key features, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Music & Theatre

Follia - Music from 18th Century Paris

13 June 2014 07:30 PM

William Summers: Baroque Flute
Diane Moore: Baroque Violin
Ibrahim Aziz: Viola da Gamba
Yeo Yat-Soon: Harpsichord

2014 marks the 250th anniversary of the deaths of Jean-Philippe Rameau and Jean-Marie Leclair, two of the most innovative and original composers in eighteenth century France. This concert explores the instrumental music of Rameau, Leclair and other composers working in contemporary Paris. The magnificently restored eighteenth century Gothic interior of the Gallery of Strawberry Hill House provides an appropriately atmospheric backdrop to this music of refined elegance and florid drama.

FOLLIA is a baroque ensemble with a flexible combination of instrumental and/or vocal musicians as appropriate to the repertoire being performed.
It is made up of experienced specialists in their respective fields. Programmes are based on specific themes drawing on the fascinating links between the music of each period and the historical context of contemporary thoughts, events and developments in the other arts. The music performed ranges from the early 17th century to the late 18th century.


All events: Children & Families

Bold & Bashful Bugs

14 June 2014 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Come and make your own beautiful bug and then join us on our big bug hunt and help us to discover both bold and bashful bugs! Garden Bug Hunts start at 1pm and 2pm.

Small charge of £2 per child.

All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult

No booking required.


All events: Exhibitions

Exhibition: Automata, a Collector's Collection

16 June 2014 - 9 November 2014 (as house opening times)

Automata and mechanical and moving toys from Sir Nicholas Goodison's contemporary collection will be shown in Walpole's original display cabinets. The display includes traditional toys from around the world and witty works by some of the best-known modern British makers.

Entry to the exhibition is free with a paid entry ticket to the house.

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Eco-Friendly Masterpieces

21 June 2014 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Come and help us make good use of recycled printing materials by turning them into your very own eco-friendly works of art. Small charge of £2 per child.

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult

No booking required.


All events: The Garden

CANCELLED: Herbal Remedies

22 June 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED

Learn about the therapeutic properties of plants and make a soothing lip balm using plants grown in the Strawberry Hill Community Garden.

The workshop includes a short tour of the garden and a cream tea. Anything produced at the garden can be taken home.

Recommended 18+

No booking required.


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

25 June 2014 03:30 PM

Strawberry Hill's Eighteenth Century garden is one of the earliest in the English naturalistic style. This beautiful landscape offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy views of the fairy tale castle from Walpole's extraordinary recreated shell bench, see a rare example of a theatrical border and discover the quaint gothic revival style Priors Garden.

Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You can learn about its key features, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: FoSH Exclusives

The FoSH Annual Summer Party

26 June 2014 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Our Annual Summer Party/AGM will be held in the Gallery with drinks on the terrace (weather permitting) and our traditional up-date from Nick Smith on the on-going renaissance of Strawberry Hill and from our gardener, Jennifer Sarginson. This is a free event, exclusively for Members of the Friends of Strawberry Hill, but booking is essential.


All events: Children & Families

Glorious Gilding

28 June 2014 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Take inspiration from the glorious gilding that adorns many of our beautiful rooms here at Horace Walpole's gothic castle and gild your own initials. Small charge of £2 per person.

All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult

No booking required.


All events: Exhibitions

Exhibition: Automata, a Collector's Collection

16 June 2014 - 9 November 2014 (as house opening times)

Automata and mechanical and moving toys from Sir Nicholas Goodison's contemporary collection will be shown in Walpole's original display cabinets. The display includes traditional toys from around the world and witty works by some of the best-known modern British makers.

Entry to the exhibition is free with a paid entry ticket to the house.

No booking required.


All events: Music & Theatre

Hamlet

1 July 2014 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

The World’s A Stage – A Theatre Company For Young Players is devoted to letting children between 10 and 15 rehearse and perform Shakespeare’s plays. This is the first year of its’ existence and we have been rehearsing Hamlet within the Education rooms of Strawberry Hill House.

The Company will be performing Hamlet within the grounds of the Strawberry Hill House on two successive nights, the 1st & 2nd July. We would welcome all those who would like to support this project.

Tickets will be sold at the door only at £5 for adults, with children admitted free of charge. Please bring lawn chairs and a picnic.

No booking required.


All events: Other

The Strawberry River Experience

2 July 2014 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM

Join us for the Strawberry River Experience on Wednesday 2 July 2014, 8-9.30pm. Enjoy a summer evening cruising to Richmond along one of the most scenic stretches of the Thames in South West London. The Strawberry Hill tour guide, Raymond Daniel-Davies will give an interesting talk about the historic sites on the river including Orleans House, Ham House and the Star and Garter home. Tickets are £65 and include a delicious supper and wine. Embark and disembark at The Wharf pier, Teddington.

18+

Sold out


All events: Music & Theatre

Hamlet

2 July 2014 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

The second performance of Hamlet by The World’s A Stage – A Theatre Company For Young Players. See 1 July event for full details.

Tickets will be sold at the door only at £5 for adults, with children admitted free of charge. Please bring lawn chairs and a picnic.

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Royal Headgear

5 July 2014 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Turn yourself into a daring prince or beautiful princess in the magical fairytale surroundings of Strawberry Hill.

There is a small charge of £2 per child.

All ages. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult

No booking required.


All events: Exhibitions

Exhibition: Enchanting Words

5 July 2014 - 5 October 2014 (as house opening times)

Our second exhibition of the year in the Round Education Room has now opened. The South London Lettering Association are showing beautiful calligraphy and illuminated letters inspired by Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill. On Sundays throughout August and September, demonstrations of this wonderful technique will be given.

No booking required.


All events: The Garden

Flower Arranging on a Budget

6 July 2014 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Bring a bunch of your favourite supermarket flowers and we will demonstrate how you can transform these along with flowers grown in the Strawberry Hill garden into a beautiful creation for your home.

This workshop includes a short tour of the garden and a cream tea. Anything produced at the workshop can be taken home.

Recommended 18+

Sold out


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

9 July 2014 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

CANCELLED: Garden Tour

9 July 2014 03:30 PM

CANCELLED

Strawberry Hill's Eighteenth Century garden is one of the earliest in the English naturalistic style. This beautiful landscape offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy views of the fairy tale castle from Walpole's extraordinary recreated shell bench, see a rare example of a theatrical border and discover the quaint gothic revival style Priors Garden.

Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You can learn about its key features, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Exclusive FoSH Trip to Great Dixter and Tudeley Chapel

9 July 2014 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM

We are delighted to invite our Friends on an exclusive two-venue excursion on Wednesday July 9th to Tudeley Chapel in Kent, and then to the house and gardens at Great Dixter. Our day will begin with a rendezvous at Strawberry Hill House at 9.00am, ready for a 9.30 departure by coach to All Saints Church, Tudeley, Kent. Tea and coffee will be served on arrival, after which we will be given a guided tour of the Chapel. Our second venue will be the very beautiful house and gardens of Great Dixter, where we will have lunch. Afterwards we have arranged for a guided tour of the garden and entry to the house for self-guided tours. The cost of the trip is £40.00 which includes the refreshments at Tudeley, but does not include lunch. We are able to offer a pre-ordered picnic from our in-house caterers, Brula, at an additional charge of £10, or of course, you may bring your own.


All events: Children & Families

Bold & Bashful Bugs

12 July 2014 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Come and make your own beautiful bug and then join us on our big bug hunt and help us to discover both bold and bashful bugs!  Garden Bug Hunts start at 1pm and 2pm

There is a small charge of £2 per child. 

All ages. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Gothic Bookclub

17 July 2014 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Join us in the Gallery to read The Minotour Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill. Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs.

Adult


All events: Children & Families

Light Up Your Garden

19 July 2014 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Make a lantern and light up a garden in time for the summer.

There is a small charge of £2 per child.

Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Twickenham Alive Music & Fun Day

20 July 2014 12:00 PM

Enjoy live music, food, drink and family entertainment generously supported by the RFU.

Entry to the festival is free but donations are welcome and will be put towards the continued restoration and upkeep of Strawberry Hill House.

To find out more about the fun day visit www.twickenhamalive.com

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

23 July 2014 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

23 July 2014 03:30 PM

Strawberry Hill's Eighteenth Century garden is one of the earliest in the English naturalistic style. This beautiful landscape offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy views of the fairy tale castle from Walpole's extraordinary recreated shell bench, see a rare example of a theatrical border and discover the quaint gothic revival style Priors Garden.

Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You can learn about its key features, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Stained Glass Creations for Under 5s

23 July 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Take inspiration from the stained glass at Strawberry Hill and create your very own stained window hanger.

Advanced booking required. Please only book one place per child.

For under 5s. Must be accompanied by an adult

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Gothic goblets for over 5s.

23 July 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

SOLD OUT

PROMOTION: 10% OFF STANDARD TICKET PRICE

Take inspiration from the stained glass and paint your very own gothic goblet or stained glass window. Includes mini tour of the house.

Advanced booking required. Please only book one place per child.

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

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Teddy Bears Picnic

26 July 2014 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Will you be brave enough to go down to the woods today? If you are, come and join our storyteller in the grounds of Strawberry Hill for a traditional Teddy Bears Picnic. 

Bring your own picnic to eat in the garden.

No booking required. There is a small charge of £2.00 per child.

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Storytelling Hour: Peter Rabbit

30 July 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Enjoy this classic children's story in the enchanting grounds of Strawberry Hill House.

Then come and join us on a hunt for carrots in the community garden.

Please only book 1 place per child.

Under 5s must be accompanied by an adult

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Everlasting Bubbles

30 July 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Come and make a magical bubble wand that can blow everlasting bubbles!

Advance booking required. Please book 1 place per child.

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

Sold out


All events: Exhibitions

Exhibition: Automata, a Collector's Collection

16 June 2014 - 9 November 2014 (as house opening times)

Automata and mechanical and moving toys from Sir Nicholas Goodison's contemporary collection will be shown in Walpole's original display cabinets. The display includes traditional toys from around the world and witty works by some of the best-known modern British makers.

Entry to the exhibition is free with a paid entry ticket to the house.

No booking required.


All events: Exhibitions

Exhibition: Enchanting Words

5 July 2014 - 5 October 2014 (as house opening times)

Our second exhibition of the year in the Round Education Room has now opened. The South London Lettering Association are showing beautiful calligraphy and illuminated letters inspired by Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill. On Sundays throughout August and September, demonstrations of this wonderful technique will be given.

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Bold & Bashful Bugs

2 August 2014 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Come and make your own beautiful bug and then join us on our big bug hunt and help us to discover both bold and bashful bugs! Garden Bug Hunts start at 1pm and 2pm.

Small charge of £2 per child.

All ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Fabulous Fairytales: The Frog Prince

6 August 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Come and enjoy this well-loved fairytale and make your very own frog. Please only book 1 place per child.

Under 5. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Horace's Historical Heraldry

6 August 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Enjoy a mini tour of Strawberry Hill, take inspiration from the stained glass to create your own coat of arms that can be painted on a wooden shield.

Please book 1 place per child.

Over 5's. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.


All events: Children & Families

Build a Giant Peacock

9 August 2014 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Come and join us in the grounds of Strawberry Hill to help create a giant peacock. This activity will help to raise money for our Strawberry Hill Peacock Appeal. Small charge of £2 per child.

All ages. Under 5's must be accompanied by an adult.

No booking required.


All events: Exhibitions

Anne Seymour Damer - Sculpture and Society

11 August 2014 - 9 November 2014 (as house opening times)

This loan exhibition is the first ever to be devoted to sculptor and author Anne Damer, Horace Walpole's cousin. He promoted her as a 'female genius' and bequeathed her Strawberry Hill. The exhibition reassesses her sculptural achievement and illuminates her life in a world of politics, the theatre and passionate private friendships.

Entry to the exhibition is free with a paid entry ticket to the house.

Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

13 August 2014 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+

Sold out


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

13 August 2014 03:30 PM

Strawberry Hill's Eighteenth Century garden is one of the earliest in the English naturalistic style. This beautiful landscape offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy views of the fairy tale castle from Walpole's extraordinary recreated shell bench, see a rare example of a theatrical border and discover the quaint gothic revival style Priors Garden.

Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You can learn about its key features, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Just So Story: How the Peacock Got His Feathers

13 August 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Come and learn how the Peacock got his feathers and then create your very own peacock.

Please book only 1 ticket per child.

Under 5's. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Proud as a Peacock

13 August 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Come and make your own fabulous peacock headdress. Please book only 1 place per child.

Over 5's. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Bold & Bashful Bugs

16 August 2014 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Come and make your own beautiful bug and then join us on our big bug hunt and help us to discover both bold and bashful bugs! Garden Bug Hunts start at 1pm and 2pm.

Small charge of £2 per child.

All ages. Under 5's must be accompanied by an adult

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Fabulous Fairytales: Hansel and Gretel

20 August 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Come and listen to this traditional fairytale and decorate gingerbread men. Please book only 1 place per child.

Under 5's. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Daring Knights and Perfect Princesses

20 August 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Come and make a crown, sword, shield, wand or tiara in our fairytale workshop to transform yourself into a knight or princess. Will include a mini tour of Strawberry Hill.

Please book 1 place per child.

SOLD OUT

Over 5's. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Teddy Bears Picnic

23 August 2014 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Will you be brave enough to go down to the woods today? If you are, come and join our storyteller in the grounds of Strawberry Hill for a traditional Teddy Bears Picnic. Bring your own picnic to eat in the garden. No booking required. There is a small charge of £2.00 per child.

All ages. Under 5's must be accompanied by an adult.

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

27 August 2014 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+

Sold out


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

27 August 2014 03:30 PM

Strawberry Hill's Eighteenth Century garden is one of the earliest in the English naturalistic style. This beautiful landscape offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy views of the fairy tale castle from Walpole's extraordinary recreated shell bench, see a rare example of a theatrical border and discover the quaint gothic revival style Priors Garden.

Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You can learn about its key features, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Fabulous Fairytales: Snow White

27 August 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Come and enjoy this well loved fairytale in the magical surroundings of Strawberry Hill. Will include a printing craft activity. Please book 1 place per child.

Under 5's. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Artistic Apples

27 August 2014 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Create a printed masterpiece on canvas using seasonal fruit and vegetables. Please book 1 place per child.

Over 5's. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Bold & Bashful Bugs

30 August 2014 12:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Come and make your own beautiful bug and then join us on our big bug hunt and help us to discover both bold and bashful bugs! Garden Bug Hunts start at 1pm and 2pm. Small charge of £2 per child.

All ages. Under 5's must be accompanied by an adult

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Halloween Trail: The Curse of the Black Strawberry

25 October 2014 - 29 October 2014 as house opening times

This half-term the Wicked Witch has cast a spell on Horace’s castle turning all his strawberries black.

Devastated Horace needs your help to remove this awful curse. Our chilling treasure hunt will test brave souls. Explore Strawberry Hill, solving the riddles and following the clues to complete a spell that will remove the witches’ evil curse and return the strawberries red. If you succeed Horace has a reward in store…

There's no charge for the trail and children are admitted free of charge to the house however they must be accompanied by a paying adult or member of the Friends of Strawberry Hill using their unlimited entry benefit.

The trail is available on 25,26,27,28,29 October during house opening hours. The last opportunity to do the trail is Wednesday 29th October  Entry tickets should be booked in advance in order to avoid any dissappointment.  

Under 16s

No booking required.


All events: Exhibitions

Exhibition: Automata, a Collector's Collection

16 June 2014 - 9 November 2014 (as house opening times)

Automata and mechanical and moving toys from Sir Nicholas Goodison's contemporary collection will be shown in Walpole's original display cabinets. The display includes traditional toys from around the world and witty works by some of the best-known modern British makers.

Entry to the exhibition is free with a paid entry ticket to the house.

No booking required.


All events: Exhibitions

Exhibition: Enchanting Words

5 July 2014 - 5 October 2014 (as house opening times)

Our second exhibition of the year in the Round Education Room has now opened. The South London Lettering Association are showing beautiful calligraphy and illuminated letters inspired by Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill. On Sundays throughout August and September, demonstrations of this wonderful technique will be given.

No booking required.


All events: Exhibitions

Anne Seymour Damer - Sculpture and Society

11 August 2014 - 9 November 2014 (as house opening times)

This loan exhibition is the first ever to be devoted to sculptor and author Anne Damer, Horace Walpole's cousin. He promoted her as a 'female genius' and bequeathed her Strawberry Hill. The exhibition reassesses her sculptural achievement and illuminates her life in a world of politics, the theatre and passionate private friendships.

Entry to the exhibition is free with a paid entry ticket to the house.

Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

10 September 2014 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

10 September 2014 03:30 PM

Strawberry Hill's Eighteenth Century garden is one of the earliest in the English naturalistic style. This beautiful landscape offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy views of the fairy tale castle from Walpole's extraordinary recreated shell bench, see a rare example of a theatrical border and discover the quaint gothic revival style Priors Garden.

Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You can learn about its key features, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: The Garden

Edible Gardens Open Afternoon

20 September 2014 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Enjoy a tasty afternoon in the Community Garden

Try produce from the beds, children's activities, a chance to take herb cuttings and sow salad.

Part of Urban Food Fortnight celebrating London's community food producers and growers

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Bronze Art Award

23 September 2014 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Work with practicing artists and make your own sketchbook, choose from a multitude of media to make your own art, including printmaking and marbling, visit arts events and share your skill with others. Grow your arts and leadership talents and gain a Bronze certificate awarded by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England. You will also have the opportunity to show your work at the Walpole and the Wider World Exhibition, the exciting culmination of our second phase of Lottery funded restoration, to be held at Strawberry Hill House in Spring/Summer 2015.

11-14 years


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

24 September 2014 03:30 PM

Strawberry Hill's Eighteenth Century garden is one of the earliest in the English naturalistic style. This beautiful landscape offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy views of the fairy tale castle from Walpole's extraordinary recreated shell bench, see a rare example of a theatrical border and discover the quaint gothic revival style Priors Garden.

Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You can learn about its key features, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

24 September 2014 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: Gothic

Gothic Bookclub

25 September 2014 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Join us in the Gallery to discuss Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Adults


All events: Children & Families

Halloween Trail: The Curse of the Black Strawberry

25 October 2014 - 29 October 2014 as house opening times

This half-term the Wicked Witch has cast a spell on Horace’s castle turning all his strawberries black.

Devastated Horace needs your help to remove this awful curse. Our chilling treasure hunt will test brave souls. Explore Strawberry Hill, solving the riddles and following the clues to complete a spell that will remove the witches’ evil curse and return the strawberries red. If you succeed Horace has a reward in store…

There's no charge for the trail and children are admitted free of charge to the house however they must be accompanied by a paying adult or member of the Friends of Strawberry Hill using their unlimited entry benefit.

The trail is available on 25,26,27,28,29 October during house opening hours. The last opportunity to do the trail is Wednesday 29th October  Entry tickets should be booked in advance in order to avoid any dissappointment.  

Under 16s

No booking required.


All events: Exhibitions

Exhibition: Automata, a Collector's Collection

16 June 2014 - 9 November 2014 (as house opening times)

Automata and mechanical and moving toys from Sir Nicholas Goodison's contemporary collection will be shown in Walpole's original display cabinets. The display includes traditional toys from around the world and witty works by some of the best-known modern British makers.

Entry to the exhibition is free with a paid entry ticket to the house.

No booking required.


All events: Exhibitions

Exhibition: Enchanting Words

5 July 2014 - 5 October 2014 (as house opening times)

Our second exhibition of the year in the Round Education Room has now opened. The South London Lettering Association are showing beautiful calligraphy and illuminated letters inspired by Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill. On Sundays throughout August and September, demonstrations of this wonderful technique will be given.

No booking required.


All events: Exhibitions

Anne Seymour Damer - Sculpture and Society

11 August 2014 - 9 November 2014 (as house opening times)

This loan exhibition is the first ever to be devoted to sculptor and author Anne Damer, Horace Walpole's cousin. He promoted her as a 'female genius' and bequeathed her Strawberry Hill. The exhibition reassesses her sculptural achievement and illuminates her life in a world of politics, the theatre and passionate private friendships.

Entry to the exhibition is free with a paid entry ticket to the house.

Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

8 October 2014 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

8 October 2014 03:30 PM

Strawberry Hill's Eighteenth Century garden is one of the earliest in the English naturalistic style. This beautiful landscape offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy views of the fairy tale castle from Walpole's extraordinary recreated shell bench, see a rare example of a theatrical border and discover the quaint gothic revival style Priors Garden.

Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You can learn about its key features, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

The Big Draw

18 October 2014 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Join us at Strawberry Hill to help us to create a giant walk in theatre book. Once upon a time Horace Walpole's castle was filled with treasures from all over the world. Come and join us on the magical journey that brought them here. Bring your own stories to the giant theatrical set and fill it with people, flora and fauna and creatures from our world.

all welcome

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

22 October 2014 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: The Garden

Garden Tour

22 October 2014 03:30 PM

Strawberry Hill's Eighteenth Century garden is one of the earliest in the English naturalistic style. This beautiful landscape offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy views of the fairy tale castle from Walpole's extraordinary recreated shell bench, see a rare example of a theatrical border and discover the quaint gothic revival style Priors Garden.

Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a free 45 minute walking tour of the garden. You can learn about its key features, restoration and place in the historical context of the Thames landscape.

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Gothic Bookclub

23 October 2014 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Join us in the Gallery to discuss Thomas de Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium Eater. De Quincey is an early 19th-century adventurer involved with helping runaway slave girls and victims of a tong war in San Francisco. Garbed in black from head to toe, de Quincey narrates his adventures.

Adults


All events: Children & Families

Halloween Trail: The Curse of the Black Strawberry

25 October 2014 - 29 October 2014 as house opening times

This half-term the Wicked Witch has cast a spell on Horace’s castle turning all his strawberries black.

Devastated Horace needs your help to remove this awful curse. Our chilling treasure hunt will test brave souls. Explore Strawberry Hill, solving the riddles and following the clues to complete a spell that will remove the witches’ evil curse and return the strawberries red. If you succeed Horace has a reward in store…

There's no charge for the trail and children are admitted free of charge to the house however they must be accompanied by a paying adult or member of the Friends of Strawberry Hill using their unlimited entry benefit.

The trail is available on 25,26,27,28,29 October during house opening hours. The last opportunity to do the trail is Wednesday 29th October  Entry tickets should be booked in advance in order to avoid any dissappointment.  

Under 16s

No booking required.


All events: Children & Families

Confusing Concoctions for Over 5s

29 October 2014 01:00 PM

Cast a spell over Strawberry Hill and befuddle your friends by making powerful potions.

Advance booking required. Please book one place per participating child.

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


All events: Children & Families

Pointy Hats for Under 5s

29 October 2014 11:00 AM

Turn yourself into a little witch or wizard, make and decorate your own magical pointy hat.

Advance booking required. Please book one place per participating child.

Under 5s, children must be accompanied by an adult

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Monstrous Masks: A Spooky Tour

30 October 2014 05:00 PM

Create your own monstrous masks before embarking on a terrifying Dragon Drama tour led by Old Madge the zombie witch brought back to life when a group of children, quite by accident, discovered the spell that would release her.....

Through the dark gothic gloom of Strawberry Hill House children will follow Old Madge to discover the secret that lies within the beating heart heard all around the house.

But can Old Madge be trusted?

Hold fast children as the only thing keeping you safe and hidden from danger, is YOUR Monstrous Mask ....

Please only book one place per child. Parents must remain onsite for the duration of the activity, refreshments will be provided while you wait.

4 - 7 years

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Monstrous Masks: A Spooky Tour

30 October 2014 06:30 PM

Create your own monstrous masks before embarking on a terrifying Dragon Drama tour led by Old Madge the zombie witch brought back to life when a group of children, quite by accident, discovered the spell that would release her.....

Through the dark gothic gloom of Strawberry Hill House children will follow Old Madge to discover the secret that lies within the beating heart heard all around the house.

But can Old Madge be trusted?

Hold fast children as the only thing keeping you safe and hidden from danger, is YOUR Monstrous Mask ....

Please only book one place per child. Children who scare easily should go on the 5pm tour. Parents must remain onsite for the duration of the activity, refreshments will be provided while you wait.

8 + years

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Pointy Hats for Under 5s

30 October 2014 11:00 AM

Turn yourself into a little witch or wizard, make and decorate your own magical pointy hat.

Advance booking required. Please book one place per participating child.

Under 5s, children must be accompanied by an adult


All events: Children & Families

Monstrous Masks: A Spooky Tour

31 October 2014 05:00 PM

Create your own monstrous masks before embarking on a terrifying Dragon Drama tour led by Old Madge the zombie witch brought back to life when a group of children, quite by accident, discovered the spell that would release her.....

Through the dark gothic gloom of Strawberry Hill House children will follow Old Madge to discover the secret that lies within the beating heart heard all around the house.

But can Old Madge be trusted?

Hold fast children as the only thing keeping you safe and hidden from danger, is YOUR Monstrous Mask ....

Please only book one place per child. Parents must remain onsite for the duration of the activity, refreshments will be provided while you wait.

4 - 7 years

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Monstrous Masks: A Spooky Tour

31 October 2014 06:30 PM

Create your own monstrous masks before embarking on a terrifying Dragon Drama tour led by Old Madge the zombie witch brought back to life when a group of children, quite by accident, discovered the spell that would release her.....

Through the dark gothic gloom of Strawberry Hill House children will follow Old Madge to discover the secret that lies within the beating heart heard all around the house.

But can Old Madge be trusted?

Hold fast children as the only thing keeping you safe and hidden from danger, is YOUR Monstrous Mask ....

Please only book one place per child. Children who scare easily should go on the 5pm tour. Parents must remain onsite for the duration of the activity, refreshments will be provided while you wait.

8 + years

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Confusing Concoctions for Over 5s

31 October 2014 01:00 PM

Cast a spell over Strawberry Hill and befuddle your friends by making powerful potions.

Advance booking required. Please book one place per participating child.

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

Sold out


All events: Children & Families

Pointy Hats for Under 5s

31 October 2014 11:00 AM

Turn yourself into a little witch or wizard, make and decorate your own magical pointy hat.

Advance booking required. Please book one place per participating child.

Under 5s, children must be accompanied by an adult

Sold out


All events: Exhibitions

Exhibition: Automata, a Collector's Collection

16 June 2014 - 9 November 2014 (as house opening times)

Automata and mechanical and moving toys from Sir Nicholas Goodison's contemporary collection will be shown in Walpole's original display cabinets. The display includes traditional toys from around the world and witty works by some of the best-known modern British makers.

Entry to the exhibition is free with a paid entry ticket to the house.

No booking required.


All events: Exhibitions

Anne Seymour Damer - Sculpture and Society

11 August 2014 - 9 November 2014 (as house opening times)

This loan exhibition is the first ever to be devoted to sculptor and author Anne Damer, Horace Walpole's cousin. He promoted her as a 'female genius' and bequeathed her Strawberry Hill. The exhibition reassesses her sculptural achievement and illuminates her life in a world of politics, the theatre and passionate private friendships.

Entry to the exhibition is free with a paid entry ticket to the house.

Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

12 November 2014 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Portrait of a Lady

13 November 2014 06:45 PM - 08:45 PM

Join us for a delightful evening in the company of The History Wardrobe’s Lucy Adlington for her costume-in-context presentation ‘Portrait of a Lady’ which offers an enchanting view of the creation of beauty in eighteenth-century portraits. Marvellous anecdotes about Georgian life and utterly sumptuous costumes make this a delightful artistic experience. Whether you’re a fan of Sir Joshua Reynolds or Thomas Gainsborough, fashion, femininity and art history are all interwoven in a truly enthralling ensemble. Tickets for this exclusive evening will be £20, including Prosecco and canapés, as well as the opportunity to ask Lucy about her work. The presentation will take place in the stunning Gallery at Strawberry Hill House.


All events: Gothic

Twilight Tour

26 November 2014 08:00 PM

Explore Walpole's gothic castle out of hours and at a magical time of day. Our expert guides will show you the theatrical delights of Strawberry Hill and tell you about its unique history, architecture and restoration. There is opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco beforehand from 7.30pm.

Recommended 18+


All events: Gothic

Gothic Bookclub

27 November 2014 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

Join us in the Gallery to discuss Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame; the story of the Cathedral of Notre Dame and how the lives of strangers are connected in an intricate web of love, hate and despair.

Adults


All events: Masterclasses

Christmas Flowers

6 December 2014, 11:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Florist Henck Roling will show you how to arrange a beautiful wreath to decorate your door and table centres to compliment your Christmas table.

All materials will be provided and you will be able to create your own Christmas wreath which will be sure to bedazzle all of those who come to your front door during the festive season.

In addition to materials and your wreath to take home, this creative masterclass includes a sandwich lunch. There will also be opportunity to enter a raffle to take home Henck's beautiful table centre and wreath examples.

Adults


All events: Music & Theatre

Coro Christmas Concert

7 December 2014, 07:00 PM

Local Chamber Choir Coro return for another Christmas concert at Strawberry Hill House. Join us for a concert of Christmas music by the late Seventeenth Century composer Buxtehude, accompanied by Baroque instrumental group Follia, interspersed with traditional Christmas carols with the opportunity for some audience participation!

Seasonal refreshments will be served before the concert

suitable for adults and older children


All events: Masterclasses

Introduction to Linocut Printing

7 December 2014, 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

A step-by-step workshop in creating prints without a press, for absolute beginners and those with limited experience.

During this one-day workshop you’ll learn how to transfer your design onto a lino block, how to use lino cutting tools to carve the image and how to hand print using water based inks.

Printmaker Frances Kiernan will guide you through the stages to create your own one-colour hand printed Christmas cards or to produce an edition of prints to take home and frame.

Basic materials are included and refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. Additional blank Christmas cards and envelopes will be available for you to purchase.

Adults only


All events: Lectures

Lecture - Tribune: The Painted Glass

11 December 2014, 07:00 PM

Find out more about the restoration of the stained glass in the Tribune, Horace Walpole’s personal treasure house.

Léonie Seliger , Director of the Canterbury Cathedral Studios who are creating the replica stained glass will give an enlightening talk on the intricacies of such a task.

There is then the option to close your evening with a delicious three course meal at the Cloister Coffee House.

You can find a copy of the set menu here, please note drinks are not included. Notification of any dietary requirements are required in advance of the event, instructions for doing this are included in the booking confirmation e-mail.

Suitable for ages 18+


All events: Music & Theatre

Ghost Stories for Christmas

13 December 2014, 07:30 PM

In the macabre tradition of the BBC's classic 1970s programme, Ghost Stories for Christmas is a theatre show featuring new adaptations of classic spine-chillers.

An evening of vengeful revenants, restless spirits and malevolent ghouls is guaranteed for those brave enough to join us!

These event takes place in the festive and sumptuous surroundings of the Long Gallery where Horace Walpole's gothic inspired interiors compliment this festive yet frightening tale of terror.

There is also the option to enjoy a seasonal pre-show dinner in the Cloister Coffee House at 5.30 pm. If you're group would like to take advantage of this tasty diversion before please select the required number of show plus dining tickets to ensure a table together.

You can find a copy of the set menu here, please note drinks are not included. Notification of any dietary requirements are required in advance of the event, instructions for doing this are included in the booking confirmation e-mail.

Please note seating is unreserved and allocated on a first come basis.

Suitable for all over 11 years


All events: Children & Families

Pop up Christmas Cards

13 December 2014, 01:00 PM

Paper cutting, colouring and collaging are just a few of the thing we'll be doing at this fun and festive workshop.

You will create special cards which you take home and send to your family and friends.

Please only book one place per participating child. 

3+. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult


All events: Children & Families

Marbling Madness

14 December 2014, 01:00 PM

Using traditional marbling techniques, design Christmas wrapping paper and tags for that extra special gift.

Please only book one place per participating child. 

3+. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Visit to The Worshipful Company of Vintners

17 December 2014, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The Vintners' Company, with its first Charter in 1363, is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London and in 2013 it celebrated its 650th anniversary! With its origins steeped in the history of the City of London the Company continues to maintain strong links with the UK wine trade, and the Vintners' Hall is known as the trade's "spiritual home". Join us for an exclusive private guided tour of this fascinating building. We will be served refreshments on arrival at 10.30 before the tour begins. The cost will be £18 per person and the tour will last approximately 1 ½ hours.


All events: Lectures

The Castle of Otranto: 250th Anniversary Lecture

19 December 2014, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Christmas Eve 2014 sees the 250th anniversary of the publication of The Castle of Otranto, a story written, Walpole declared, ‘in spite of rules, critics, and philosophers’, and which changed the course of prose fiction.

To celebrate Otranto’s 250th birthday, Michael Snodin, Chairman of the Strawberry Hill Trust, and Fiona Robertson, Horace Walpole Professor of English Literature at St Mary's University, invite you to a special anniversary lecture followed by drinks and canapes in the Gallery at Strawberry Hill House.

The lecture will be given by Nick Groom, Professor of English at the University of Exeter, whose new edition of The Castle of Otranto for Oxford University Press will be launched at this event.