Friday 12 September 2014

Halloween at Strawberry Hill

Halloween  at Strawberry Hill  25 – 31 October
Events for children & adults - prepare to be horrified!

Murder at the Manor

7pm, 25th October
Calling all Super Sleuths.
Murder at the Manor launches our week of Halloween activities kindly sponsored by Milestone & Collis. This unique event offers amateur detectives the opportunity to interview suspects in the spooky surroundings of Horace Walpole's gothic castle.

A traditional Agatha Christie style murder mystery evening, Murder at the Manor is put on by 'The Company Upfront', who use professional actors to ensure a hilarious yet convincingly gruesome evening is had by all. Guests can dress up in 1920's or 30's style, or simply black tie to find out 'whodunnit' in the theatrical surroundings of Strawberry Hill House and the Waldegrave Suite, St Mary's University.

Interview the suspects over a glass of prosecco and explore Walpole's gothic villa before discussing your findings and questioning potential perpetrators further over a delicious three course meal. The murderer will then be revealed in a gruesome finale at the end of the evening.

Your £75 ticket for this exciting and unique event includes:

  • Prosecco on arrival
  • Exclusive access to Strawberry Hill House
  • Three course dinner and wine
  • All entertainment 
House of Horror for Children
Fill your half term with Strawberry Hill's Halloween activities for kids

Children will be bedazzled by our wondrous workshops on 29 and 31 October. Under 5' can become little witches and wizards in their ownPointy Hats and over 5s can befuddle their friend in Confusing Concoctions.  

Dragon Drama's popular spooky tour returns with Monstrous Masks on 30 and 31 October. Children will make their own mask before embarking on a terrifying tour led tour led by Old Madge the Zombie.

During house 
opening hours children can solve the Curse of the Black Strawberry, our chilling treasure hunt. Under 16's can enter the house for free but must be accompanied by an adult with a valid house ticket.

Workshops and spooky tours should be booked and paid for in advance on our website.
Strawberries and Sculpture

Enjoy an exclusive talk and reception on the life and work of Anne Damer
Anne Damer, Horace Walpole's second cousin, lived at Strawberry Hill after Walpole's death in 1797. She was an accomplished sculptor whose friends included leading members of the political, arts and theatre worlds.

In marble, terracotta or bronze, Anne Damer modelled friends, family and their animals, and also political heroes, including Admiral Nelson.  Anne Damer’s art provides a wealth of insight into 19th century British sculpture, including the negative reactions towards the work of a woman.  

On 9th October, Richard Webb, author of 'Mrs D: The life of Anne Damer' will give a insightful talk on the remarkable life and artistic achievement of this talented and interesting woman.

Tickets include the talk, followed by a drinks reception and exclusive access to our 'Sculpture & Society' exhibition.