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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 2014 - 2015

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  • Mar

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+

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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.

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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 AM - 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

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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.


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

All events: The Dining Club

The Dining Club

12 February 2015, 07:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Lord Waldegrave will be the guest speaker at the Dining Club evening in February 2015. The Provost of Eton College will be speaking after the dinner on the theme of Maria Walpole - Countess Waldegrave and Duchess of Gloucester.

Membership of the Dining Club is required - join now.

Adults only


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Members' Week: Exclusive Twilight Tour

16 February 2015, 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

In March 2015 five of Walpole’s private rooms will be opening to the public for the very first time following our second phase of HLF-funded restoration. Join the Chairman of Trustees, Michael Snodin, for an exclusive tour behind closed doors and learn more about these fascinating rooms and the restoration process they have undergone. Arrive at 6pm for a glass of Prosecco before the tour begins at 6.30pm. Tickets for this tour will be £10.


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Members' Week: Exclusive Twilight Tour

17 February 2015, 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

In March 2015 five of Walpole’s private rooms will be opening to the public for the very first time following our second phase of HLF-funded restoration. Join the Chairman of Trustees, Michael Snodin, for an exclusive tour behind closed doors and learn more about these fascinating rooms and the restoration process they have undergone. Arrive at 6pm for a glass of Prosecco before the tour begins at 6.30pm. Tickets for this tour will be £10.


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Members' Week: Specialist Lecture with Dr Silvia Davoli

18 February 2015, 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

Join us for a fascinating talk with our Research Curator Dr Silvia Davoli, as she reveals her methods and processes used in the hunt for Walpole’s lost treasures, as well as all the exciting things she has discovered so far. This talk will be held in the Square Education Room at 6pm, and will be free of charge.


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Members' Week: The Great Annual FoSH Quiz

20 February 2015, 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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. Doors open at 7pm and the quiz starts at 7.30pm.


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Members' Week: 'Bring Your Bling' Expert Jewellery Valuations

21 February 2015, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Join us for a fabulous evening in the Gallery with our very own jewellery specialist Justin Roberts and other expert valuers who will offer insightful professional opinions on your jewellery or any small miscellaneous items. Prosecco and canapés will be served throughout the evening. Tickets for this event will be £20.


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