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Come and enjoy exhibitions, join us for guided tours and walks, bring the family along for some arts and crafts, stroll through our specialist fairs, or simply make time for yourself with one of our creative workshops - there’s so much to do at Valentines, you’ll be surprised.

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SPECIAL EVENTS  back to top

Celebrating Music - A Special Summer Sunday event organised by the Friends of Valentines Mansion.
Date: Sunday 17 June 2018
Time: 11am-4pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free
A celebration of all things musical. Meet local music groups and organisations from Redbridge and beyond, and discover some of the interesting music themed activities going on in the community. For further enquiries please contact the Friends of Valentines Mansion on 020 8554 2414.

Celebrating Music - A Special Summer Sunday event organised by the Friends of Valentines Mansion.

Wine Tasting Quiz
Date: Sunday 1 July
Time: 2pm-3.30pm
Age: 18+
Tickets: £15 per adult
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
An afternoon to tantalise the taste buds of wine lovers everywhere. Whether you're a wine novice or expert, the afternoon offers a fun, relaxing day of sampling and learning about a wonderful selection of wines from around the globe. With your new found knowledge and tips on tasting we will have you guessing the country of origin, the grape variety and the retail price of each wine in our wine tasting quiz. You can work individually, as a couple or a team to see how good your palate and wine knowledge is. We'll also be holding a Food and Drinks Fair on the same day so you can continue enjoying the afternoon exploring new flavours.

Wine Tasting Quiz

Food and Drinks Fair
Date: Sunday 1 July
Time: 10am-4pm
Age: suitable for 16+. Stalls selling alcohol will only serve ages 21+
Tickets: Free
You're in for a culinary treat as you explore our mouthwatering range of delicious food and drinks. Discover new tastes whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings of our historic Grade II* listed building. We’ll also be hosting a Wine Tasting Quiz on the day from 2pm-3.30pm. Tickets for the Wine Tasting Quiz are £15 per person, and can be purchased on the day at the Food and Drinks Fair, or pre-booked online.For full details, or to pre-book your tickets for the Wine Tasting please view our Wine Tasting Quiz event listing on this page.

Food and Drinks Fair

Celebrating The Great Outdoors - A Special Summer Sunday event organised by The Friends of Valentines Mansion.
Date: Sunday 15 July 2018
Time: 11am-4pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free
Meet local wildlife and conservation groups from Redbridge and beyond. For further enquiries please contact the Friends of Valentines Mansion on 020 8554 2414.

Celebrating The Great Outdoors - A Special Summer Sunday event organised by The Friends of Valentines Mansion.

Teddy Bears Picnic
Date: Sunday July 22 2018
Time: 11am-4pm
Age: Suitable for children aged 4+
Tickets: £5 per child
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
A fun-filled day of crafts and activities including a meet and greet with our very own Valentines Mansion bear, and a honey trail that leads to some tasty treats. Don’t forget to bring a picnic to enjoy lunch on our stunning grounds, or pick up a snack from our Gardener’s Cottage Café. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Teddy Bears Picnic

Under the Sea
Date: Monday 23 July 2018
Time: 11.30am-12.30pm
Age: Suitable for children aged 4-8 years
Tickets: £5 per child
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office.
Discover some of the weird and wonderful creatures that live in the sea, before letting your creativity run wild in our arts & crafts session. Learn how to make your very own jelly fish and rainbow fish in one of the historic rooms in the Mansion. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Under the Sea

Farmyard fun
Date: Wednesday 1 August 2018
Time: 11.30-12.30pm
Age: Suitable for children aged 4-8 years
Tickets: £5 per child
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office.
Get crafty learning to make your own farmyard animals. Fill your field with colourful, cute animals as you create your own little farm. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Farmyard fun

Valentines Mansion Summer Exhibition
Date: Wednesday 1 August to Friday 31 August 2018
Time: During normal opening hours
Age: Suitable for all ages
Tickets: Free
A beautiful collection of work inspired by the suffragette movement and the 100th anniversary of the first women being given the right to vote. Set in our historic Grade II* listed building, this poignant exhibition is produced by the Mansion’s talented resident artists and showcases a stunning range of artistic disciplines.

Valentines Mansion Summer Exhibition

Celebrating History & Heritage - A Special Summer Sunday event organised by The Friends of Valentines Mansion.
Date: Sunday 19 August 2018
Time: 11am-4pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free
Meet local historical and heritage societies from Redbridge and beyond. For further enquiries please contact the Friends of Valentines Mansion on 020 8554 2414.

Celebrating History & Heritage - A Special Summer Sunday event organised by The Friends of Valentines Mansion.

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES  back to top

Mini Beast Trails and Crafts
Date: Tuesday 29 May 2018
Time: 11.30am-1pm
Age: 5+
Tickets: £5 per child
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Hunt around the gardens in search of the weird and wonderful bugs that live amongst the plants, flowers and herbs growing in our gardens. Once you've discovered them, get creative in our arts centre and make your very own little mini-beast finger puppets.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Mini Beast Trails and Crafts

Tweet, Tweet
Date: Wednesday 30 May 2018
Time: 11.30am-1pm
Age: 5+
Tickets: £5 per child
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Visit the aviary in the gardens and find out more about our colourful, feathered friends. You'll also get the chance to make a little mobile house for the birds in our arts centre, so let your creativity run wild! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Tweet, Tweet

Lavender Bags
Date: Monday 6 August 2018
Time: 11.30am-1pm
Age: Suitable for children aged 4-8 years
Tickets: £5 per child
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Design and create your own wonderful smelling Lavender bags in our fun-packed craft session. Take your designs home and show them off as the scent of lavender fills your room. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Lavender Bags

Funky Fish & Crazy Crabs
Date: Wednesday 15 August 2018
Time: 11.30am-12.30pm
Age: Suitable for children aged 4-8 years
Tickets: £5 per child
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
The ocean is full of colourful fish and nippy crabs. Discover more about them as you get crafty in the Mansion making your own funky fish and crazy crabs. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Funky Fish & Crazy Crabs

Sunflower Fun
Date: Wednesday 22 August 2018
Time: 11.30am-12.30pm
Age: Suitable for children aged 4-8 years
Tickets: £5 per child
Bookings: : No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Learn about sunflowers and create your own beautiful sunflower picture using real sunflower seeds. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Sunflower Fun

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS  back to top

A Touch of Glass
Date: Tuesday 22 May
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: adults
Tickets: £47 per person (includes all materials)
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Studio artist Amanda Seljubac is back with our best-selling fused glass workshop. Make a decorative piece to take home, using specialist techniques and materials, including frit, stringers, metal inclusions and compatible glass.

A Touch of Glass

A Touch of Glass
Date: Tuesday June 19
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: adults
Tickets: £47 per person (includes all materials)
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Studio artist Amanda Seljubac is back with our best-selling fused glass workshop. Make a decorative piece to take home, using specialist techniques and materials, including frit, stringers, metal inclusions and compatible glass.

A Touch of Glass

Floral Cake Decorating Masterclass - Friends of Valentines Mansion
Date: Wednesday 11 July 2018
Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Age: 18+
Tickets: £8 members of Friends of Valentines Mansion and £10 non-members.
Bookings: Book tickets via www.ticketsource.co.uk or send a s.a.e. to FOVM, 115 The Drive, Ilford. IG1 3JD. For further enquiries please call 020 8554 2414.
Roll up your sleeves and plunge yourselves into a bouquet of summery buttercream.
The Curtis Cakery will provide a live cake decorating demonstration, before teaching you how to create the perfect floral cake decoration in buttercream. Once you've mastered the techniques, treat your taste buds to a decadent slice of freshly decorated cake and tea.

Floral Cake Decorating Masterclass - Friends of Valentines Mansion