An Ice Rink for Horace Walpole’s Gothic Castle in Strawberry Hill
Following the very successful ice rink at Christmas and New Year in the grounds of York House in Twickenham two years ago, it was decided to move the ice rink to the gardens of Horace Walpole’s Gothic house in Strawberry Hill where Walpole wrote the first Gothic novel, the Castle of Otranto in 1764. As its backdrop the rink has the newly restored Strawberry Hill House, a pure white and turreted Grade 1 listed building. A more spectacular spot, with beautiful gardens, would be very difficult to find.
Skating next to Strawberry Hill House is a truly magical experience which is very hard to beat. From dusk the House will be lit from within highlighting its unique collection of Renaissance stained glass windows. The House will have special opening times with tours for skaters.
A percentage of all ticket sales at the rink will go to Strawberry Hill House to provide additional funding for its on-going restoration and educational programmes.
The lavishly refurbished rooms in Strawberry Hill House can host private parties and corporate events.
Strawberry Hill is easy to get to as it has its own train station just a few minutes’ walk from the House and buses stop close by. It is only a short walk from Twickenham town centre and very close to Teddington.
Twickenham Alive’s Richmond Rink was a great community success last year opening its doors to thousands of local residents and school children. The rink staff were said to be the friendliest and most helpful staff ever encountered. On days when other rinks closed due to rain Twickenham Alive’s rink was the only rink open in the London area.