Patrons: Monty Don, Kim Wilkie
Pope's Grotto open days and
Alexander Pope: A Search for Perfection
Twickenham Festival 2017
Pope's Grotto, in Radnor House School, will be open on three Saturday mornings during the Twickenham Festival from 10am until 3pm, with last entrance at 2:30pm.
On Saturdays 10th and 24th June, there will be performances of 'Alexander Pope: A Search for Perfection' - a dramatic piece about Alexander Pope, commissioned by the Trust and performed by Giles Abbott, award-winning storyteller. Performances will be in the Grotto itself and will run throughout the day at intervals of approximately 30 minutes. Tickets are untimed so you can see the performance and explore the Grotto in your own time. Concessions and family tickets are available. This event is sponsored by Arts Council England
On Saturday 17th of June, the Grotto will be open and tickets are untimed, as in past years. Concessions are available.
Please note that space in the Grotto is limited and you may be asked to wait at peak times. The school's café, with a terrace overlooking the river with views towards Twickenham and Teddington, will be open for refreshments. Books and postcards will be on sale.
Some tickets may be available at the door on each day, but you are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
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"'Tis true, perfection none must hope to find"
Alexander Pope: Paraphrases form Chaucer, January and May
How can I get to the Grotto?
The Grotto is in Radnor House School and is reached by a staircase (unsuitable for disabled or infirm visitors). The school is on Cross Deep near the end of Pope's Grove and close to Radnor Gardens. Please use the entrance to the left of the building.
Buses R68 and 33 from Richmond, Twickenham and Teddington pass the school - the closest bus stop is "Pope's Grotto"!
The school is 15 minutes walk from Twickenham Station and 10 minutes from Strawberry Hill Station.
There is limited free on-street parking in the surrounding area on Saturdays.
Should I to bring my printed ticket to the event?
It will help us if you print and bring your ticket.
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Pope's Grotto Preservation Trust
The purposes of the Trust are to support the restoration, conservation and maintenance of Alexander Pope’s Grotto in Twickenham, to promote interest in and knowledge of the Grotto and its significance in local and national history and to raise funds in support of the above objects.