Strawberry Hill House Ice Rink

by richmond-rink in Twickenham

We did it
On 16th December 2014 we successfully raised £5,055 with 17 supporters in 42 days

We are raising funds for the temporary community ice rink at Strawberry Hill House to bring back Twickenham's heritage of ice skating.

by richmond-rink in Twickenham

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What will I use the extra money for?


Allow school children, youth groups and disabled groups to skate at a discount.

Fund ice marshalls to coach free of charge.

Help with the running costs of the project.

Richmond Rink at Strawberry Hill House Logo

We are raising funds for the temporary community ice rink at Strawberry Hill House.

Our ice rink is called Richmond Rink  (at Strawberry Hill House) after the well known rink in East Twickenham which closed down in 1992 and is known as the Most Famous Ice Rink in the World. Many famous people learned to skate at Richmond Rink including the princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.

The rink was not only a place for sport but a social hub which has been long missed. Twickenham Alive brought together many of the former skaters from the old rink last year at a temporary ice rink in York House in Twickenham and this year we are moving to the beautiful Gothic castle nearby in Strawberry Hill. The team of people who manage the rink are ex Richmond Ice Rink skaters and their families and friends.

This project is also a sports, community and heritage project: the heritage of skating in Twickenham. Also a percentage of ticket sales will go to the upkeep of historic Strawberry Hill House, the home of Horace Walpole who wrote the first Gothic novel. Strawberry Hill House has undergone restoration which is still ongoing and the pure white, turreted Grade 1 Listed building will make a spectacular backdrop to the rink.

Last year we organised Richmond Rink in the tennis court of the Council offices. Although a bit cramped it was very popular. Our feed back forms show that people thought that we had the friendliest and most helpful marshalls and the best ice.

We gave out free booklets last year which were memories and stories of people who skated at Richmond Rink. If you go to this website you will find a copy of this. Stories include "Condesation and tobacco smoke" by Richard Buxton, "Another fine Arosa Room romance" Helen Strutton, How can something dead remain so alive?" Gary Gibbs,"The heart of a proud, old local treasure" Chris Nelson and "Kings, Queens and Maharajas" David King.

We  have support from Stone Rowe Brewer, solicitors, the RFU and more (see the Richmond Rink partners page).

We hope to offer rewards which will be of interest to funders but the venue itself (the beautiful Gothic castle: Strawberry Hill House) and the presence of the Stormtroopers will be a draw to many if we can get the funding in place.

 Richmond Rink at Strawberry Hill House


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

2 of 100 claimed

£5 Reward

Your name on the Wall of Fame at the Richmond Rink skate exchange.

£6 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£6 Reward

Christmas Wine Tasting at Last Try Wines 18th December 6.30 to 9.30pm. Hot chocolate for children.

£10 or more

5 of 6 claimed

£10 Reward

Two adult tickets

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A thank you on the Richmond Rink website

£25 or more

3 of 4 claimed

£25 Reward

One family ticket

£50 or more

1 of 50 claimed

£50 Reward

A tour of Strawberry Hill House and two tickets for the rink

£75 or more

1 of 30 claimed

£75 Reward

Four adult skating tickets and a £50 voucher for restaurants in Church Street, Twickenham. Pledge provided by Crusader Travel.

£175 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£175 Reward

Birthday party for up to 15 children. 15 child tickets (shared rink) plus your own room in Strawberry Hill for an hour. Organised by Crusader Travel.

£180 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£180 Reward

Family season ticket for three weeks

£400 or more

2 of 6 claimed

£400 Reward

An advertising board 2m x 1m around the rink for five and a half weeks for half the usual price.

£500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£500 Reward

Exclusive use of the rink for one session for a young children's party with penguin aids and ice marshalls. (food on sale at the rink and catering can be arranged with a free room in Strawberry Hill House).

£700 or more

1 of 8 claimed

£700 Reward

Exclusive use of the ice rink for one session.

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