Sunday, 27 August 2017

Strawberry Hill House & Garden - Strawberry Hill Tea Garden with Alan Titchmarsh and Fortum & Mason

Strawberry Hill Tea Garden with
Alan Titchmarsh and Fortnum & Mason
Strawberry Hill's Woodland Walk has been recently redeveloped and we would be delighted if you could join us at our opening celebrations. 

The afternoon will begin with an opening ceremony led by Alan Titchmarsh. Alan and the gardening team will then join us for a short stroll through the enchanting garden, restored to its 18th Century heyday. You will enjoy music from Manontroppo Clarinet Quartet, followed by an 18th century-style Tea Garden.

During tea, which will be taken in a marquee on the garden, you will hear extracts of wit and wisdom by Horace Walpole the ‘man of letters’, edited from his book On Modern Gardening and his 7000 letters. 
To cater for such growing popularity of tea, tea gardens were established from the 1730s to allow people to stroll and take tea - the fashionable thing to do. At the opening of Ranelagh Gardens, Horace Walpole said it attracted ‘everybody that loves eating, drinking, staring and crowding’!

With their rich 300-year history, 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 for this unique occasion are £50 and include an afternoon with Alan Titchmarsh, Fortnum & Mason Royal Blend Tea, finger sandwiches, cakes, sparkling wine and a special 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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SUN 24 SEP, 11AM- 3PM
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.

Admission is FREE but please donate to keep Strawberry Hill going for the next 300 years!