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Prices Between £7.00 to £8.00 Fireside Folktales: Aesop's Fables Fireside Folktales: Aesop's Fables

Suitable for ages 3+

Three of Aesop's classic fables – The Ants & The Grasshopper, The Fox & The Stork and The Hare & The Tortoise – have been woven together into this delightful, funny and engaging play for children of all ages.  Harvest time is nearly here and there’s still so much work for the animals to do to make sure they will last through the winter.  Can they put their disagreements aside and get the job done in time for the festival?  

Fireside Folktales is the latest project from South West London-based theatre company Shadow Road Productions and is run by Emma King-Farlow and Amy Floyd.  They specialise in retelling myths, legends and folktales from around the world, each presented as an original short play performed by a company of professional actors to audiences of all ages in their magical 8m diameter Story Tent! 

Both child and accompanying adult must purchase a ticket. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

 

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Prices Between £7.00 to £8.00 Fireside Folktales: A Tale of Robin Hood Fireside Folktales: A Tale of Robin

September 1st - Suitable for ages 7+

With King Richard the Lionheart absent, corruption and injustice are rife in England.  The country cries out for a champion – and in the heart of the forest, a legend stirs...  Join Robin and his friends on a daring mission to save Sir Guy of Gisborne’s prisoner, Friar Tuck, from the hangman's noose.

Fireside Folktales is the latest project from South West London-based theatre company Shadow Road Productions and is run by Emma King-Farlow and Amy Floyd.  They specialise in retelling myths, legends and folktales from around the world, each presented as an original short play performed by a company of professional actors to audiences of all ages in their magical 8m diameter Story Tent! 

Both child and accompanying adult must purchase a ticket. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

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Prices Between £7.00 to £8.00 Fireside Folktales: Persephone & The Pomegranate Seeds 2nd September - Suitable for ages 7+ There are many versions of the classic Greek myth that explains how the seasons came to be - this is ours!  Learn how close the goddess...

2nd September - Suitable for ages 7+

There are many versions of the classic Greek myth that explains how the seasons came to be - this is ours!  Learn how close the goddess Demeter came to destroying the world when her beloved daughter Persephone was stolen away by Hades, the lord of the Underworld - and how Zeus and Hermes searched for a solution that everyone could live with.  Were they successful?  You'll have to see the show to find out...

Fireside Folktales is the latest project from South West London-based theatre company Shadow Road Productions and is run by Emma King-Farlow and Amy Floyd.  They specialise in retelling myths, legends and folktales from around the world, each presented as an original short play performed by a company of professional actors to audiences of all ages in their magical 8m diameter Story Tent! 

Both child and accompanying adult must purchase a ticket. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

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Prices Between £10.00 to £16.00 The HandleBards present 'Much Ado About Nothing' - 8th September The HandleBards present 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Performance starts at 7pm

Doors open at 6pm

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe.

Join their all-male troupe at Strawberry Hill House & Garden for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ’Much Ado About Nothing’ like no other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

And what’s the play about? Well – a group of soldiers returns from the war to a household in Messina, causing the kindling of new love interests and the re-kindling of old rivalries. The parallel love stories of Beatrice, Benedick, Claudio, and Hero become entangled with plotting, frivolity and melodrama in Shakespeare’s famous comedy.

This is an outdoor production, so please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic to dig into, and dress for the weather!

Notes on Performance

  • Doors open at 6pm, so bring a picnic and come and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
  • Chairs, picnics, blankets and any other low-level accessories are welcome.
  • 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, so please wear these instead.
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£8.00 Know Your Place: Strawberry Hill - From At Risk to Award Winning Know Your Place: Strawberry Hill - From At Risk to Award Winning'

Lecture commences at 7pm, doors open from 6.30pm

Twickenham’s historic gem, Strawberry Hill House was saved by the initiative of local supporters. This talk will cover how the house went from at risk to winning awards including the top European prize for restoration within 10 years of setting up the Friends of Strawberry Hill.  The lecture will illustrate the house before, during and after the restoration and take a closer look at some of the skills and craftspeople involved.  

Speaker Terry Smith is a founder member of the Friends of Strawberry Hill and a founder trustee of the Strawberry Hill Trust.  Terry is a Twickenham Architect and was a chair of the restoration project committee.

This lecture has been organised as part of the "Know Your Place - a Celebration of the Heritage of Richmond Upon Thames". All proceeds will continue to help fund the maintenance of the house. 

 

Tickets £8 when pre-booked online, £10 on the door

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Prices Between £20.00 to £25.00 Twilight Tour - 18th September Twilight Tour - 18th September

7pm for drinks. Tour commences at 7.30pm

Enjoy an exclusive out of hours tour during the magical time of day. Kicked off with a glass of fizz, you will be guided through Horace Walpole's theatrical masterpiece, his gothic castle of Strawberry Hill.  

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FREE Open House London: Guided Tour Open House London: Guided Tour

Tickets Available from 10am on 20th August

4.30pm & 5pm

Strawberry Hill House & Garden is delighted to be part of Open House London 2019. We have 40 spaces available for a private guided tour of Horace Walpole's gothic villa.   The first tour starts at 4.30pm and the second tour at 5pm. Due to the size of some of the historic rooms we can only offer 20 places per tour so do not delay and book your ‘free’ tour now.   The tours will last about 40 minutes.

Strawberry Hill House’s story begins in 1747, when Horace Walpole discovered and purchased ‘Chopp’d Straw Hall’, one of the last remaining sites available on the banks of the Thames in fashionable Twickenham. He set about transforming what was then a couple of cottages into his vision of a ‘little Gothic castle’ with pinnacles, battlements and a round tower. Thus Strawberry Hill House was born – the House became a tourist attraction in Walpole’s lifetime and beyond.

Tickets must be pre-booked. No more than 4 tickets can be booked per person.

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Prices Between £20.00 to £25.00 Twilight Tour - 30th October Twilight Tour

6.30pm for drinks. Tour commences at 7pm

Enjoy an exclusive out of hours tour during the magical time of day. Kicked off with a glass of fizz, you will be guided through Horace Walpole's theatrical masterpiece, his gothic castle of Strawberry Hill.  

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Prices Between £15.00 to £40.00 FAIRYTALE GOTHIC NIGHT GARDEN Take a walk on the wild side after dusk and wander on into Strawberry Hill’s enchanting pleasure garden.

Saturday 28th September, doors open at 6.30pm

Strawberry Hill House & Garden joins the line-up for Emerge Festival 2019, which will see a creative kaleidoscope of events take over 11 London Boroughs. With one ticket, you’ll have access to all the night’s venues and some of the best breakthrough artists in town. 

Take a walk on the wild side after dusk and wander on into Strawberry Hill’s enchanting pleasure garden.

Against the backdrop of an 18th century Gothic fairytale castle, explore a secret world of follies, harlequin characters, clairvoyants and spell-binding storytelling. Walk through a fairy woodlands and willow grottoes magically lit by lanterns and fairy lights.

Why not wear a Venetian mask and mingle with the Gothic masquerade?

Emerge Festival is over 18s only. All customers in possession of an 18-30s ticket will be IDd at a wristband swap point.

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£16.00 Charity Fashion Show Charity Fashion Show

Wednesday 16 October 2019, 6.30pm doors open, Show at 7pm

The Friends of Strawberry Hill welcome you to an exciting evening of fashion in our stunning Gallery, with local boutique ROCC. Fashionistas will receive a glass of fizz on arrival, followed by the catwalk and the opportunity to undertake a spot of retail therapy!

All funds raised from this event will support the ongoing care and maintenance of the house and help strengthen our collection and conservation needs.

Tickets: £16

The Gallery, Strawberry Hill House & Garden, 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4ST

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Prices Between £14.00 to £16.00 Gothic Stories for Grown ups Horace Walpole invites you to take a turn in his Little Gothic Castle at twilight.

Thursday 31st October & Friday 1st November, 2019, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Horace Walpole invites you to take a turn in his Little Gothic Castle at twilight.

On arrival you will be greeted at the castle gates by Philip Colomb, Walpole’s Valet for a pre tour fizz. One of our guides will then collect you for a 60 minute tour of the house where you will be able to explore all that is gothic and gloomth at this most eerie time of year.

Those with a nervous disposition should heed this warning, keep your wits about you, as who knows which other characters from Walpole’s past might appear from shadows.

Tour time slots: 6.30pm, 7.00pm, 7.30pm, 8.00pm

Tickets

Early Bird Tickets – end 2 September

£16 Standard
£14 Members

Standard Tickets

£18 Standard
£16 Members

This event is restricted to over 16’s.

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£5.00 Christmas Festival at Strawberry Hill House Christmas Festival at Strawberry Hill House

The DecorCafe
Christmas Festival at Strawberry Hill House
In Partnership with St Mary’s University

Sunday 17th November 2019, 10am - 4pm

Now in it’s fifth year, Strawberry Hill House and St Mary’s University have come together to create an even more exciting Christmas Festival in 2019. Visitors can enjoy:

• Bespoke and original hand-made gifts
• Local crafts & produce
• Delicious seasonal food
• New for 2019 – Christmas styling and food talks along with demonstrations by The DecorCafe experts

Entrance Price: £5 entry per person, pay on the door or book in advance.
Get free entry to the Christmas Festival when you book a ‘Author Talk’ Ticket.

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