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House Guided Tours - On the Second and Last Sunday of the month. House Guided Tours - On the Second and Last Sunday of the month. Public Guided Tour of Strawberry Hill House

House Tours

Strawberry Hill House is internationally renowned as one of the best examples of Georgian Gothic architecture. Enjoy a guided tour of Horace Walpole's architectural masterpiece exploring the history, interiors and stories of its residents.

Tours departs at 10am. Booking is essential. If you are a group of 15 persons or more you may be interested in booking a private guided tour for preferential rates. Please e-mail tours@strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

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Summer Sounds: The Polka Dots Summer Sounds: The Polka Dots Summer Sounds: The Polka Dots

Summer Sounds at Strawberry Hill House: picnic, Pimm's and toe-tapping tunes

Enjoy a relaxing summer evening listening to talented and uplifting bands in the beautiful gardens at Strawberry Hill House. What better way to end a busy weekend than to unwind with a glass of bubbly or minty Pimm’s with family and friends whilst enjoying a picnic and music tailored to suit the mood. 

The Polka Dots: Sunday 9 June 

Back by popular demand, this year's Summer Sounds kicks off with a band who incapsulate the fun of Summer: The Polka Dots.

Take three smooth sassy voices, arrange a collection of toe-tapping original and cover swing songs, add sharp dance routines and on-stage chemistry, and you have The Polka Dots. 

Whether it's 1940s Swing or 1950s Rockabilly, The Polka Dots are guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, bringing glamour, fun and energy to every performance.

Refreshments, including Pimm's, prosecco, snacks and ice cream will be available to purchase from the Garden Café. You may like to arrive a little early to browse the unique and hand-made gifts and cards in our shop.

Event Details

Time: 4pm - 7.30pm

Gate opens at 3.45pm, with the performance starting at 4.45pm.

4.45pm - 5.30pm – first session 

6pm - 6.45pm – second session 

Fancy a hassle-free picnic?

You can pre-order a picnic hamper from Roots & Berries, our onsite café provider. Please contact enquiries@rootsandberries.co.uk for further details.

Come rain or shine, this event will go ahead no matter what the weather, so please come prepared with rain or sun protection. There will be no refunds made in the event of inclement weather.

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Summer Sounds: The Swing Ninjas Summer Sounds: The Swing Ninjas Summer Sounds at Strawberry Hill House: picnic, Pimm's and toe-tapping tunes Enjoy a relaxing summer evening listening to talented and uplifting bands in the beautiful gardens at...

Summer Sounds at Strawberry Hill House: picnic, Pimm's and toe-tapping tunes

Enjoy a relaxing summer evening listening to talented and uplifting bands in the beautiful gardens at Strawberry Hill House. What better way to end a busy weekend than to unwind with a glass of bubbly or minty Pimm’s with family and friends whilst enjoying a picnic and music tailored to suit the mood. 

The Swing Ninjas: Sunday 25 August 

Drawing on elements of New Orleans swing, spirituals, blues, cajun and jazz, all influenced by the UK new swing movement, The Swing Ninjas are a band you will want to dance to. Any live show is high energy, full of humour, passion and grooves that guarantee dancing across the ages.  

Event Details

Time: 4pm - 7.30pm

Gate opens at 3.45pm, with the performance starting at 4.45pm.

4.45pm - 5.30pm – first session 

6pm - 6.45pm – second session 

Refreshments, including Pimm's, prosecco, snacks and ice cream will be available to purchase from the Garden Café. You may like to arrive a little early to browse the unique and hand-made gifts and cards in our shop.

Fancy a hassle-free picnic?

You can pre-order a picnic hamper from Roots & Berries, our onsite café provider. Please contact enquiries@rootsandberries.co.uk for further details.

 

 

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Leigh Chappell Flowers. Janne Ford Photography. Flower and Photography workshop in the style of Jan van Huysum Saturday 18 May 2024, 10am-4pm. Doors open at 9.50am.  Learn how to channel the aesthetic of the Dutch Masters by creating and then photographing your own floral design.    ...

Saturday 18 May 2024, 10am-4pm. Doors open at 9.50am. 

Learn how to channel the aesthetic of the Dutch Masters by creating and then photographing your own floral design.   

Floral artist, Leigh Chappell, and flower photographer, Janne Ford, are experts at capturing the essence of the Dutch Masters through their floral and photography collaborations.  

After a private view of the two Jan Van Huysum paintings, Janne and Leigh will talk you through the flowers and techniques used to create a Dutch Master-inspired floral arrangement and will guide you through creating your own design, using fresh seasonal British flowers.  

Once your floral design is complete, you will explore how the use of light and shadow is crucial to creating the aesthetic of a Dutch Master. Janne will talk you through the art of floral photography and show you how to achieve your own floral masterpiece, using one of the historic rooms at Strawberry Hill House as a backdrop. 

Please bring whichever camera you are comfortable using, this could be a Smartphone or a DSLR camera - the workshop is about creating a mood in the style of a Dutch Master and looking at lighting rather than technicalities of how to use a camera. All other equipment is supplied. 

Tickets price includes:

  • entry to the house and private view of the Jan van Huysum paintings
  • floral and photography workshops
  • materials 
  • buffet sandwich lunch served with hot drinks

Leigh Chappell 

Leigh Chappell is a floral designer who trained as a botanical illustrator before working in graphic design, and her eye for detail is apparent in her work. Leigh loves to create natural floral beauty in her designs, with sustainability at the core of her ethos. Leigh is a supporter of the British flower growing movement and had the seed of an idea for The Strawberry Hill Flower Festival as a way to exhibit the beauty of their growing skills and the art of the floral designers who use them. Leigh continues to be the co-curator of the now annual and enormously popular Flower Festival. 

www.leighchappellflowers.com

Janne Ford 

With a background in fashion and textile design Janne has always been interested in colour, texture and composition. Working as a floral stylist and freelance photographer she loves creating beautiful floral scenes for clients. Inspired by the seasons and her own cutting garden she loves a painterly floral style, when flowers and foliage, dried grasses and fruit add interest to her designs. Janne is co-curator of the Annual Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival. 

www.janneford.com

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Zomerschoon 1620 Fritillaria meleagris and forget-me-not by Tanja Moderscheim Talk: The development of the Dutch flower painting genre, 1600-1750, by Tanja Moderscheim Friday 12 July 2024, 10am-12:00pm (talk starts at 10:30am, entry to view the paintings will be from 10am). Doors open at 10:00am.  Dutch fine artist, Tanja Moderscheim presents...

Friday 12 July 2024, 10am-12:00pm (talk starts at 10:30am, entry to view the paintings will be from 10am). Doors open at 10:00am. 

Dutch fine artist, Tanja Moderscheim presents a fascinating art history lecture about the development of the flower painting as a genre in the Netherlands, culminating in Jan van Huysum’s work in the 1700s. The lecture will also discuss Tulip Mania and the painter’s palette.  

Enjoy a private view of the two Jan van Huysum paintings before and after the talk. The talk starts at 10.30am, entry to view the paintings will be from 10am. 

Tanja Moderscheim is a Dutch fine artist and a fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists. Her art celebrates and explores cultural heritage, in particular the 17th century Dutch Golden Age. Light and how it touches the subject is an important focus in her paintings. 

Tanja stays true to the period by only using 17th century techniques and pigments. 

Cultivating rare Dutch Heritage tulip cultivars in her own garden, Tanja has an extensive collection of tulip varieties to paint with, the oldest dating back to the late 16th century. 

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Andrew Graham Dixon In the Picture: Van Huysum and some other friends, with Andrew Graham-Dixon Friday 17 May 2024, Talk starts at 7pm. Arrival from 6.30pm.  Join us for a glass of prosecco and a fascinating evening with Andrew Graham-Dixon.   In his wide-ranging...

Friday 17 May 2024, Talk starts at 7pm. Arrival from 6.30pm. 

Join us for a glass of prosecco and a fascinating evening with Andrew Graham-Dixon.  

In his wide-ranging talk, Andrew plays the role both of biographer and detective to discuss the principles and practice of art appreciation. He will explore some of his favourite paintings from many different corners of the history of art, telling the fascinating stories that lie behind them and revealing their often-hidden meanings. 

Born in London in 1960, Andrew Graham-Dixon is one of the leading art critics and presenters of arts television in the English-speaking world. He has presented numerous landmark series on art for the BBC and other independents. In the course of his career, Andrew has won numerous awards for writing and broadcasting, and his achievements have been acclaimed by many of his most distinguished peers. 

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Talk & Garden Tour: Walpole, van Huysum and the Art of the Garden Talk & Garden Tour: Walpole, van Huysum and the Art of the Garden Sunday 26 May, 10:30am-12:00pm Wednesday 3rd July, 10:30am-12:00pm Join Strawberry Hill’s honorary librarian and tour guide, Carole Tucker, on this unique and fascinating...

Sunday 26 May, 10:30am-12:00pm

Wednesday 3rd July, 10:30am-12:00pm

Join Strawberry Hill’s honorary librarian and tour guide, Carole Tucker, on this unique and fascinating garden tour. The tour begins with a private view of what Art historian, Andrew Graham-Dixon, referred to as ‘the two most brilliant and perfectly preserved paintings’ by the celebrated Dutch artist, Jan van Huysum.  

Whilst Walpole never owned any the Master’s work himself, his fascination with nature, colours, surfaces and optical illusions is evident in both his garden and his art collection. Van Huysum’s compositions are indeed illusions, not only because the depicted surfaces appear almost palpable but because of the improbable representation of flowers and fruit from different seasons and climates. 

Take time to immerse yourself in the crystalline light, colour and detail of van Huysum’s paintings before a tour of the gardens. The tour will explore Walpole’s suggestion that a landscape garden contained and combined many art forms: architecture, sculpture, poetry and painting.  

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Garden Guided Tours - On the First Saturday of the month. Garden Guided Tours - On the First Saturday of the month. Guided Tour of the Garden at Strawberry Hill House

Garden Tours

The five-acre garden at Strawberry Hill House has been, as far as possible, restored to its original appearance using Eighteenth Century maps and paintings as well as Walpole’s own writing. Enjoy a guided tour of Horace Walpole's garden created to compliment his Gothic castle.

Tours departs at 11:15am. Booking is essential. If you are a group of 15 persons or more you may be interested in booking a private guided tour for preferential rates. Please e-mail tours@strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

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Gothic Book Club - Carmilla by J Sheridan Le Fanu Gothic Book Club - Carmilla by J Sheridan Le Fanu Date: Monday 13th May 2024, 6:30-8pm Adult Ticket: Free Title: Carmilla by J Sheridan Le Fanu Join us to discuss Carmilla by J Sheridan Le Fanu an Irish writer of Gothic tales...

Date: Monday 13th May 2024, 6:30-8pm

Adult Ticket: Free

Title: Carmilla by J Sheridan Le Fanu

Join us to discuss Carmilla by J Sheridan Le Fanu an Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels.

In an isolated castle deep in the Austrian forest, Laura leads a solitary life with only her ailing father for company. Until one moonlit night, a horse-drawn carriage crashes into view, carrying an unexpected guest – the beautiful Carmilla. So begins a feverish friendship between Laura and her mysterious, entrancing companion. As Carmilla becomes increasingly strange and volatile, prone to eerie nocturnal wanderings, Laura finds herself tormented by nightmares and growing weaker by the day…

Pre-dating Dracula by twenty-six years, Carmilla is the original vampire story, steeped in sexual tension and gothic romance.

For any questions, please contact the organiser Claire Leighton: claire.leighton@strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

 

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South Pacific promo shot Strawberry Hill House Summer Concert Tuesday 2 July. Doors open 6.45 pm, concert starts at 7.15pm Enjoy a concert in the Impressive Waldegrave Drawing Room after a summer evening drink in the Garden As Sir Karl...

Tuesday 2 July. Doors open 6.45 pm, concert starts at 7.15pm

Enjoy a concert in the Impressive Waldegrave Drawing Room after a summer evening drink in the Garden

As Sir Karl Jenkins, one of the world’s most performed composers, celebrates his 80th birthday with a major UK tour, we are offering as a tribute this performance of his masterpiece, ‘the Armed Man’, a deeply felt reflection on war and peace.  This evocative work, suffused with the words and melodies of a 14th century French battle song, will be brought to life with trumpet and drums. Join us as we embark on this journey to Medieval Burgundy and back.

We will conclude with something on the ‘lighter side’; a wonderful array of tunes from two favourite musicals, Oliver! and South Pacific

We are delighted to welcome back James Speakman on Piano and Josh Neale (percussion).

 

Tickets 

Standard Adult: £16 

Members / Patrons / Volunteers: £12

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Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival 2024 Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival 2024 Friday 13th – 15th September 2024, 10am – 5pm The Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival returns for a sixth successive year this September. This year, curators Leigh Chappell...

Friday 13th – 15th September 2024, 10am – 5pm

The Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival returns for a sixth successive year this September. This year, curators Leigh Chappell & Janne Ford have set the creative theme Nature Unbound to showcase the very best of British-grown, foam-free sustainable floristry, and the design creativity of the UK’s leading floral designers.

The beauty and opulence of Strawberry Hill House creates the perfect backdrop to showcase the work of invited florists who will share their artistry, expertise, and passion for sustainable floral design, shining a spotlight on the beauty, variety and versatility of the fresh and dried flowers and foliage cultivated by British flower farmers.

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Lefty and Annie Burr Lewis, courtesy of Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University Lefty Lewis and the Waldegraves: Collecting, Obsession, Friendship To show how the finest collection of Walpole material in the world was built up at the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale, illustrated by the extraordinary story of the collector Lefty.

Friday 5 July, 11am (Doors open at 10:45am)

How did so many of Horace Walpole’s books and works of art end up in the United States?

Stephen Clarke’s fascinating talk explores the story of how one man’s determination to trace and recover Walpole’s books and correspondence, scattered in the infamous Strawberry Hill sale of 1842, led to the finest collection of Walpole material in the world being assembled in Farmington, Connecticut.

Walpole Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis (1895–1979), known to his friends as Lefty Lewis, was a collector obsessively devoted to Walpole. The talk also explores how the greatest collecting coup of Lewis’s life came when he secured the bulk of the Waldegraves’ Walpoliana for his own collection. It is a tale of both friendship and ‘banditry’ with the Waldegraves being both prey and, until the end of Lewis’s life, treasured friends.

The talk is based on Stephen Clarke’s book - Lefty Lewis and the Waldegraves: Collecting, Obsession, Friendship, published by The Book Collector in 2022 which will be available to purchase on the day. Peter Lindfield, the author of Unbuilt Strawberry Hill, will introduce Stephen before his talk.

Stephen Clarke is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Liverpool. He is Chair of Dr Johnson’s House Trust and of the Beckford Society and was for thirteen years a trustee at Strawberry Hill. He edited Walpole’s Selected Letters for Everyman’s Library (2017) and has written widely on Walpole, the history of collecting, book history and related subjects.

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Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival 2024: Curator Tours Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival 2024: Curator Tours Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival 2024: Curator Tours Friday 13 - Sunday 15 September  9.00-10am  Explore the Flower Festival with an exclusive morning tour with Leigh...

Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival 2024: Curator Tours

Friday 13 - Sunday 15 September 
9.00-10am 

Explore the Flower Festival with an exclusive morning tour with Leigh Chappell, Festival Curator, to learn more about the floral installations on display and gain a greater insight into top floral techniques, followed by Coffee and a croissant in the Garden Cafe.

Tickets

Standard Adult Ticket: £24
Members & Patrons: £18
Students: £18

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Simon Lycett - Credit Michelle Garrett Strawberry Hill Flower Festival Evening Tour & Talk with Royal Florist Simon Lycett Strawberry Hill Flower Festival Tour and Talk Friday 12 June, Doors open at 6.30 with talk and demonstration at 8pm An evening tour followed by a demonstration and talk with...

Strawberry Hill Flower Festival Tour and Talk

Friday 12 June, Doors open at 6.30 with talk and demonstration at 8pm

An evening tour followed by a demonstration and talk with Royal florist Simon Lycett. Tour the festival and then relax in the Gallery with a glass of fizz and listen to Simon who will be showcasing some amazing arranging inspired by the seasons and the spectacular setting of Strawberry Hill. Expect some unexpected combinations of colours, plant materials and all sustainably arranged - A Feast of Floral Fabulousness!

Since 1993 when Simon was asked to arrange flowers for Four Weddings and a funeral his spectacular floristry has been in high demand. His list of high-profile clients is synonymous with glamour. Simon has also worked on television and in 2023 was included in BBC’s Maestro line up. Simon and his team continue to create floral fabulous in venues across the UK and beyond.

Tickets £25 - Includes a glass of fizz.

Please arrive at the front of the house at 6:30pm

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Blooming Green Strawberry Hill House Flower Festival 2024: A year in the life of a No-Dig Flower Grower Talk/Demo: A Year in the life of a No-Dig Flower Grower Friday 13 September 11am - 12pm  Bek Bibby, co-founder of Blooming Green and organic grower with decades of experience,...

Talk/Demo: A Year in the life of a No-Dig Flower Grower

Friday 13 September 
11am - 12pm 

Bek Bibby, co-founder of Blooming Green and organic grower with decades of experience, will give an illustrated talk followed by a Q&As on this life-changing method of growing…

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