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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

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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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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: Other

Charity & Collectibles Valuation Day with Eric Knowles, Paul Hayes & Tom Keane

Wed 28 Jun 2017  at 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Bring your antiques and collectables along to Strawberry and have them valued by television antiques experts Eric Knowles, Paul Hayes and Tom Keane.

Entry to this event is free but if you wish to have your items valued there is a charge of £5 for up to 3 items.

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.


All events: Gothic

Public Guided Tour

Sun 9 Jul 2017  at 02:00 PM

Explore Strawberry Hill on a summers afternoon.

Strawberry Hill House is internationally renowned as one of the best examples of Georgian Gothic architecture.

Enjoy a 90 minute guided tour of Horace Walpole’s architectural masterpiece exploring the history, interiors and stories of its residents.

Recommended 16+


All events: Gothic

Public Guided Tour

Sun 9 Jul 2017  at 03:00 PM

Explore Strawberry Hill on a summers afternoon.

Strawberry Hill House is internationally renowned as one of the best examples of Georgian Gothic architecture.

Enjoy a 90 minute guided tour of Horace Walpole’s architectural masterpiece exploring the history, interiors and stories of its residents.

Recommended 16+


All events: Children & Families

Kings and Queens visit Strawberry Hill

Wed 2 Aug 2017  at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Make a headdress, crown or tiara. Look at a map and solve the riddle to find treasure in the garden. Enjoy a story in the enchanted wood, and make a treasure chest out of egg cartons to store your treasure in.

7 and under

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All events: Children & Families

Dragon Hunt

Wed 9 Aug 2017  at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Make a Dragon mask and then search for a very rare dragon's egg, before decorating your own papier-mâché egg to take home. Join in a dragon egg and spoon race before listening to an exciting story.

7 and under


All events: Children & Families

Mystical Unicorns and Rainbows

Wed 16 Aug 2017  at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Make a unicorn headdress before going on a unicorn horn and rain'bow' hunt. When you have found the horn and rain 'bow' pin them on the unicorn. Listen to an exciting story and make a colourful stained glass window to take home.

7 and under

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All events: Children & Families

Elephant Safari Comes to Strawberry Hill House

Wed 23 Aug 2017  at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Make elephant binoculars to use on an elephant safari and catch the elephant's tail. Listen to an elephant story and make an elephant using recycled milk bottles.

7 and under


All events: Music & Theatre

The HandleBards present ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Sun 3 Sep 2017  at 06:00 PM

Join us in the beautiful garden of fairytale castle, Strawberry Hill, for the Handlebards all-male, bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Four young lovers find themselves enveloped in the dream-like arms of a magical forest full of sprites, where a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war over the possession of an Indian boy. A group of amateur actors share the same forest. They’re rehearsing for a play. Fairies and humans collide. Hilarity ensues.

In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

Notes on Performance

• Doors open at 5.30pm, so why not bring a picnic and come and enjoy the beautiful surroundings before the show?

• Chairs, picnics, blankets and any other low level accessories are welcome.

• Bar

• In case of rain, please don’t bring umbrellas as they block sight-lines for other audience members. Ponchos and raincoats are just as fetching anyway, so please wear these instead!

Suitable for ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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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

Horace Walpole – Strawberry Hill’s Extraordinary Resident

Fri 8 Sep 2017  at 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

2017 is the tercentenary of Horace Walpole birth and you are invited to Strawberry Hill – Walpole’s eccentric and quirky Gothic castle to hear more about the man who built it .

This illustrated talk will examine various aspects of the life and friendships of this complex and multifaceted man. Historian, Member of Parliament, collector and antiquarian, playwright, novelist and perhaps the greatest social commentator of his day.

This event is part of the 'Know Your Place' heritage festival, celebrating the rich Heritage for Richmond Upon Thames. Find out about more 'Know Your Place' events here.

Recommended 16+


All events: Gothic

Gothic Bookclub: the Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

Mon 18 Sep 2017  at 07:30 PM

The Wasp Factory is the first novel by Scottish writer Iain Banks. Published in 1984, it is about a psychopathic teenager living on a remote Scottish island. The Wasp Factory is written from a first person perspective, told by 16-year-old Francis Cauldhame ("Frank"), describing his childhood and all that remains of it. Frank observes many shamanistic rituals of his own invention, and it is soon revealed that Frank killed three children before he reached the age of ten himself.

Adult


All events: The Garden

Strawberry Hill Tea Garden with Alan Titchmarsh and Fortnum & Mason

Fri 22 Sep 2017  at 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM

We’re delighted that Alan Titchmarsh will be joining us to open our newly redeveloped Woodland Walk and for a short stroll through our enchanting garden, recently restored to its 18th Century heyday. You will enjoy music from Manontroppo Clarinet Quartet, followed by an 18th century-style Tea Garden.

We’re thrilled that for this event we’re partnering with Fortnum & Mason, who will provide guests with their Royal Blend tea and Fortnum’s Eau de Nil gift bags for everyone to take away.

Tickets are £50 and include an afternoon with Alan Titchmarsh, Fortnum & Mason Royal Blend Tea, finger sandwiches, cakes, sparkling wine and Fortnum’s gift bag.

This event is part of Horace Walpole’s Tercentenary celebrations and will raise much needed funds for the ongoing care and maintenance of the House & Garden.

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All events: The Garden

Horace Walpole's Grand Birthday Picnic

Sun 24 Sep 2017  at 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

We’d like to invite supporters of Strawberry Hill from near and far to celebrate this milestone and join us for a ‘Grand’ birthday picnic in the beautiful garden Horace created.

Bring your hamper and blanket and enjoy an afternoon in gorgeous surroundings, with performances by community musicians and a cake and bake stall selling tasty creations by Strawberry Hill’s volunteers and friends. 

There will also be crafts, face painting, a bouncy castle and a BBQ for those that forget their lunch!

Mini bakers are also invited to celebrate Horace Walpole’s big 300th birthday and create him an amazing birthday cupcake! There will be a PRIZE for the best birthday cupcake in each age category; 3-6 years, 7-10 years, 11-14 years. Cupcakes will be judged on appearance only, leaving entrants to enjoy their yummy creations. Entrant should bring theit cupcake to the picnic ready for judging at 2.15pm. 

Admission is free but donations are welcomed to keep Strawberry Hill going for the next 300 years!

Please note we are able to admit only assistance dogs into the garden. 

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

No booking required.


All events: Gothic

Garden History Course: The Arts and Crafts Garden

Thu 28 Sep 2017  at 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Following on from Last year’s successful series of talks on the 18th century garden, this Autumn Strawberry Hill house will be offering a course on the Arts and Crafts Garden. The talks, held in the historic rooms of the house, will look at arts and craft garden design within it broader cultural context, examine its origins, key characteristics, role of Gertrude Jekyll before concluding with the spread and legacy of the movement. All talks will be delivered by experienced lecturers, including Stephen Smith, Cherrill Sands and Sandra Pullen.

For further information and a course outline, please contact claire.leighton@strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

Adults


All events: Children & Families

Sewing club

Sun 1 Oct 2017  at 10:45 AM - 12:45 PM

If your child is between 11-14 years and would like to learn how to sew, this could be for them.
During this 10 week course they will learn how to hand stitch different types of stitching and use a sewing machine.


A variety of fun projects will be created using coloured felts, fabrics, ribbons and buttons.

For further information email claire.leighton@strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

11 -14


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: Lectures

Collectors and the Country House Library

Thu 19 Oct 2017  at 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM

The shelves of Horace Walpole’s Library at Strawberry Hill, emptied in the great sale of 1842, have recently been filled with the loan of books from the library of Aske Hall, North Yorkshire. To celebrate this event we are holding a study day on the Country House Library. Particular themes of the study day are the evolution of country house libraries, and especially how the libraries of art collectors such as Walpole support and enrich our understanding of their broader collections. Country house libraries may develop over generations of owners, but they may also strongly reflect the personality and interests of one collector, whether as bibliophile or in the broader history of collections of works of art. We will be looking not only at Walpole, but at a broad range of other collectors and their collections to show how much these libraries can reveal.

Programme 


9.30–9.50 Coffee

9.50–10.00 Greetings and Housekeeping

10.00–10.25 Paper 1: Megan Aldrich – Saxon or Gothic? An Antiquarian Library at Stowe

10.25–10.50 Paper 2: Stephen Clarke- Quite a paradise of well-conditioned, beautiful books’? Horace Walpole’s Library at Strawberry Hill.

10.50–11.00 Questions

11.00–11.10 Break

11.10–11.55 Mark Purcell keynote paper  The Country House Library

11.55–12.05 Questions

12.05–12.30 paper 3: Claire Reed - The Library at Osterley Park House

12.30–12.35 Questions

12.35–2.15 Lunch and tours of the house

2.15–2.40 Paper 4: Giles Mandelbrote – A Metropolitan Collector: The Library of Sir Richard Ellys (1682-1742) at Blickling Hall

2.40–3.05 Paper 5: David Pearson –Bugs and Bindings: eighteenth-century insect rolls

3.05–3.30 Paper 6: Stephen Lloyd - The Library of the Earls of Derby at Knowsley Hall

3.30–3.45 Questions

Refreshements including a light lunch will be provided.

For further information, please contact claire.leighton@strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

This event is kindly sponsored by the Delmas Foundation

Adult


All events: Gothic

Library of Screams: You thought you were alone. But soon, you'll be read and buried

Thu 26 Oct 2017  at 08:00 PM

Don't go Into the Cellar perform classic spine-tinglers from the Golden Age of Horror, giving them a new lease of blood in this original stage chiller. Join the mysterious librarian, Nathaniel Caldicott as he shares several curious tales of the macabre and the mysterious including brand new adaptations of some timeless tales of terror by W F Harvey and E Nesbit. Phillip Jennings performs a new promenade show using the atmospheric spaces and creepy Woodland Walk of Strawberry Hill House & Garden, Horace Walpole's little gothic castle. Pre-performance drinks and hot bites will be available to purchase in the cafe from 7pm. The macabre tales start 8pm, wrap up warm or it won't only be your spine that's chilled.

Adult


All events: Gothic

Library of Screams: You thought you were alone. But soon, you'll be read and buried

Fri 27 Oct 2017  at 08:00 PM

Don't go Into the Cellar perform classic spine-tinglers from the Golden Age of Horror, giving them a new lease of blood in this original stage chiller. Join the mysterious librarian, Nathaniel Caldicott as he shares several curious tales of the macabre and the mysterious including brand new adaptations of some timeless tales of terror by W F Harvey and E Nesbit. Phillip Jennings performs a new promenade show using the atmospheric spaces and creepy Woodland Walk of Strawberry Hill House & Garden, Horace Walpole's little gothic castle. Pre-performance drinks and hot bites will be available to purchase in the cafe from 7pm. The macabre tales start 8pm, wrap up warm or it won't only be your spine that's chilled.

Adult


All events: Lectures

Portraits, Authenticity, and Copies in the 17th and 18th centuries

Thu 2 Nov 2017  at 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM

‘Truth is the sole merit of most antiquities; and when we cannot discover the truth, what value is there in dogmatic error about things that have no intrinsic value?—and such were all our pictures before Holbein, and infinitely the greater part of our pictures since!’ (Horace Walpole to Sir John Fenn, in response to a query about a historic portrait, 17 September 1774)

Strawberry Hill was famously full of portraits, many of them collected as part of the broader antiquarian effort to form a narrative of British and European history. In this, as in other fields of painting, there was much less emphasis on the ‘original‘ than there is today. But, as a historian, Horace Walpole was greatly exercised by questions of authenticity, although his own collection of portraits included many later copies, both specially commissioned and unrecognized, as well as misdescriptions and deliberate fakes.

This study day will focus on issues and practices around meaning and authenticity in portraits in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is linked to the recent installation in the Holbein Chamber of digital facsimiles, made by Factum Arte, of George Vertue’s accurate copies, made in 1743, of 33 of Holbein’s famous drawings of the court of Henry VIII. Their acquisition in 1758 prompted Walpole to create the Holbein Chamber, inspired by Queen Caroline’s closet at Kensington Palace, where the original drawings were shown. The Holbein Chamber was in itself a partial facsimile, its ceiling being copied from that of the 16th century Queen’s Closet at Windsor Castle.

Refreshements including a light lunch will be provided.

For further information, including a list of speakers, please contact claire.leighton@strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

Adult


All events: FoSH Exclusives

Inns of Court - Visit to Middle Temple

Thu 9 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


All events: Other

Christmas Fair

Sun 26 Nov 2017  at 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

The annual Christmas art and craft fair returns to Strawberry Hill House and will once again be taking place in the rooms and grounds of Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic revival architecture. The gothic castle will once again house a unique range of Christmas gifts for sale, children’s arts and crafts activities, live music, and delicious Christmas fare from local producers. Entry is just £4 per person. Unfortunately, buggies are not permitted into the fair due to space constrictions but there will be crafts for children to enjoy in our learning department.

All welcome

No booking required.


All events: Masterclasses

Christmas Wreath making

Sat 9 Dec 2017  at 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Florist Leigh Chapel, will demonstrate how to put together festive displays before leading a masterclass in creating your own wreath. Your ticket for this creative workshop includes all materials and refreshments.


All events: Music & Theatre

Coro

Sun 10 Dec 2017  at 07:30 PM

Coro is back by popular demand to perform Christmas music. Accompanied by harpist  Jane Lister they will sing works by Britten, Faure, Durufle as well as traditional carols to be sung by all.

Minced pies and mulled wine will be served in the cafe between 6.45 and 7.30pm when the audience will take their seats in the Gallery for a performance which will start your Christmas in style.

adults and older children