Famous faces will join a celebration of 300th birthday of Strawberry Hill House’s creator and most famous resident.
Sir David Attenborough, Alan Titchmarsh and historian Alison Weir will take part in events to mark the tercentenary of Sir Horace Walpole’s birth.
Strawberry Hill House curator Michael Snodin describes the Twickenham building and its grounds as “the most flamboyant experiment in Gothic revival” and Horace Walpole as one of the most important figures in Georgian England.
Next month, everyone’s favourite naturalist Sir David Attenborough will be reading from Walpole’s letters, which have been captured by the Everyman library.
Historian Alison Weir will talk about her new book, Six Tudor Queens on October 18 - one of the ways the House will mark the arrival of 34 facsimiles of the Court of Henry VIII.
Alan Titchmarsh will be utilizing his famous green fingers to open the new Woodland Walk, as part of the Strawberry Hill garden restoration, on September 6.
£10million has been spent restoring the house and gardens back to their original splendour, with local volunteers contributing to work on the public garden.
Strawberry Hill House director Nick Dolan is eager to engage with the local community, and increase interest in the 18th century house. He said: “These events will hopefully inspire more people to find out more about Twickenham’s past.”
A community picnic thrown on September 24 will mark Walpole’s actual birth date and will be free for residents to attend. To register your interest visit facebook.com/strawberryhillhouse.
Tickets for the other events are on sale now. Go to strawberryhillhouse.org.uk.