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Come and enjoy exhibitions, join us for guided tours and walks, bring the family along for some arts and crafts or stroll through farmers’ markets, 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

Best of Music Fest
Date: Sundays 13 September & 11 October
Time: 11am-3pm.
Age: All ages.
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
Enjoy a delightful selection of acoustic music performances in a beautiful setting, each month showcasing different musicians & music styles. Arrive early to get the best spot! Picnics are welcomed but please bring your own seating or ground covers as chairs & blankets are not provided. Hosted by the Redbridge Green Fair Music Club and the Redbridge Music Lounge.

Best of Music Fest

Ilford Horticultural Society Autumn Show
Date: Sunday 13 September
Time: 11am-3pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
Come and see the best of the boroughs horticultural delights, including fruits, vegetables, flowers and cakes.

Ilford Horticultural Society Autumn Show

Open House London
Date: Sunday 20 September
Time: 11am-3pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
Visit Valentines Mansion as part of Open House, an annual festival of architecture and design celebrating the capitals wonderful buildings, places and neighbourhoods. Come and explore our Georgian bedroom, drawing room and dining room, Regency Parlour and Victorian kitchen and dairy, and enjoy the walled garden, lake and grottos. Enjoy free guided tours of the Mansion throughout the day (limited numbers, first come first served. Timings will be announced here closer to the time.)

PlUS! Meet local historian and author Georgina Green and hear all about her new book, Sir Charles Raymond of Valentines and the East India Company, between 1pm-3pm.

Open House London

‘Mr Taylor’s Valentines’ - A special exhibition
Date: Sunday 4 - Wednesday 28 October
Time: During normal opening hours
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
Come and see a fine selection of Victorian Shell Art by local artist and enthusiast Terry Taylor. After passing away in 2012, Terry left behind a collection of his beautiful shell art, including original Victorian pieces as well as his own creations which we are thrilled to be showcasing at Valentines Mansion.

‘Mr Taylor’s Valentines’ - A special exhibition

Vintage Film Night – Death on the Nile
Date: Sunday 11 October
Time: Doors open 5.30pm. Film start time 6pm.
Age: Film classification PG
Tickets: £8 per person (includes a serving of popcorn)
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the London Boroughs earlier this year, Valentines Mansion is delighted to invite you to a screening of Death on the Nile, featuring one of Redbridge s former residents and acclaimed actresses, Maggie Smith. The library Bar will be open during the evening.

Vintage Film Night – Death on the Nile

Guided Tour of Valentines Gardens - LAST TOUR OF THE YEAR
Date: Tuesday 13 October
Time: 11am-12noon
Age: All ages.
Tickets: £3.50 per person.
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
Join Valentines Park Manager Simon Litt Dip. Hort. for a guided walk around the incredible gardens at Valentines and learn more about the autumnal plants that provide such fantastic colour at this time of the year. Highlights include the Old English Garden and Walled Kitchen Garden. Simons in depth knowledge will give you a fascinating insight into the historical gardens at Valentines.

Guided Tour of Valentines Gardens - LAST TOUR OF THE YEAR

Flash, Bang, Wallop
Date: Friday 16 October
Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: Tickets £10 for members of the Friends of Valentines Mansion and £12 for non-members.
Bookings: To purchase tickets, please call Miss M Seviour on 020 8553 5940.
Explore the development of Victorian photography and the stories you can find out from those stern pictures of our ancestors. Why not bring a photo of your own family Victorian along! Presented by Pat and Barbara Elliott and brought to you by the Friends of Valentines Mansion. Refreshments included.

 

Blinging Blooming Marvellous!
Date: Sunday 18 October
Time: 2.30pm-4.30pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £10 per person, includes a glass of prosecco on arrival.
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100
Join us for this very special
event with floral designer David Thompson. A member of the National Association of Flower
Arrangements, David performs demonstrations of his fantastic flower arrangements all over the UK and internationally. Come along to this special event and watch him transform simple flowers into eight fabulous arrangements that will be raffled at the end of the event. David will also be holding a special masterclass in flower arranging at Valentines Mansion - see creative workshops for more details.

Blinging Blooming Marvellous!

Diwali Fair
Date: Tuesday 27 October
Time: 7pm-9pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
Start the Diwali celebrations early with a visit to a special fair organised by the Valentines Mansion Trust, showcasing a superb range of items and services available through some of our boroughs finest retailers. Browse through stallholders offering a range of fashion and beauty products. For further details please contact Harminder Singh on 07958 946868 or by email harmanders@btinternet.com.

Diwali Fair

Halloween Special – Mind, Body & Spirit Fayre
Date: Saturday 31 October
Time: 10am-3pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
Valentines Mansion offers you the opportunity to explore the realms of the unknown; what better way to start your Halloween! There will be a number of stalls offering alternative healing, a variety of psychic readings as well as an opportunity for some retail therapy. If you are interested in taking out a stall at this event, please e-mail hiringvalentines@visionrcl.org.uk.

Halloween Special – Mind, Body & Spirit Fayre

Paranormal Halloween Special
Date: Saturday 31 October
Time: 8pm-3am
Age: Strictly 18 yrs+
Tickets: £44 per person includes light refreshments.
Bookings: Tickets at www.the-pigs.co.uk/ValentinesMansion.html or by calling 020 8708 8100
Are you brave enough to take part in a real paranormal investigation on the spookiest night of the year? Join the Paranormal Investigation Gathering Service as an investigator, attempting to find and record paranormal activity within Valentines Mansion in the dead of the night. You will have the chance to operate both traditional and modern equipment whilst taking part in experiments and vigils. Be prepared for a spine chillingly exciting evening. With special guest Michael Kingscote, a well known and well respected psychic medium.

Paranormal Halloween Special

Artists Open Studios
Date: Sunday 22 November
Time: 10am-4pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
Start your Christmas shopping at our Open Studios event and choose unique gifts your loved ones will cherish forever. Handmade jewellery and ornaments for the home and garden, paintings and more, our artists studios are a real treat to browse through. Situated on the top floor of the Mansion, the studios are normally a private workspace for our local artists and craftspeople. Their doors open to the public just a few times a year, so make the most of this special opportunity and come and meet our artists and see how their work is made. Plus you can enjoy a Christmas Fair throughout the house giving you even more reason to visit.

Artists Open Studios

Christmas Fayre
Date: Sunday 22 November
Time: 10am-4pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry (last admission 3.30pm)
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
There will be a host of exhibitors throughout Valentines Mansion offering a wide variety of stalls providing great Christmas gift ideas, crafts and artisan food and drink just right for the festive season. The resident artist studios will also be open during this event. If you are interested in having a stall at this fayre, please contact hiringvalentines@visionrcl.org.uk.

Christmas Fayre

The Secret World of Charles Dickens – Mirth, Marvels and the Mysteries
Date: Friday 4 December
Time: 2.30pm-4.30pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: Tickets £10 for members of the Friends of Valentines Mansion and £12 for non-members.
Bookings: Tickets will be available from mid- October by calling the Friends of Valentines Mansion 020 8554 9424.
The Friends of Valentines Mansion invite you to meet Ian Keeble for a magic show balanced in educational reveals and mind-bending sleight-of-hand mysteries, with a spooky Victorian literacy twist.

The Secret World of Charles Dickens – Mirth, Marvels and the Mysteries

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES  back to top

Festival of Stories
Date: Monday 26 October
Time: 11am-3pm
Age: 3 years plus
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
Calling all book lovers! Come along to this special half term event and meet local authors, join in with talks and workshops including story writing, illustrations and craft activities. This event is brought to you by Valentines Mansion & Austin Macauley Publishers.

Festival of Stories

Presenting Bram Stoker’s Dracula…..
Date: Tuesday 27 October
Time: 2pm-2.40pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: £5 per child (maximum 1 adult per child)
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100
Join us for spooky storytelling Dracula, if you dare. Audience participation may be required. Come dressed in your scariest Halloween outfit for a spine chilling visit to Valentines.

Presenting Bram Stoker’s Dracula…..

Ghoulish Spiders, Pumpkins & Ghosts
Date: Wednesday 28 October
Time: 10am-11am
Age: 4 years plus
Tickets: £5 per child
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100
Get creative and make your own pom-pom spiders, pumpkins and ghosts to decorate your home with this Halloween.

Ghoulish Spiders, Pumpkins & Ghosts

Halloween Lanterns
Date: Wednesday 28 October
Time: 2pm-3pm
Age: 4 years plus
Tickets: £5 per child
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100
Have fun transforming old jars into amazing Halloween decorations, guaranteed to create a spooky atmosphere at home!

Halloween Lanterns

FAMILY ACTIVITIES  back to top

Fun Day Sunday - Georgian Beauty Regimes
Date: Sunday 20 September
Time: 11am-3pm
Age: Families
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
Learn about the bizarre and often deadly world of the Georgian beauty regime, design your own outrageous wig and learn how to talk with a handmade fan!

 

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS  back to top

NEW! Obelisk Willow Weaving
Date: Tuesday 6 October
Time: 9am-12noon
Age: Adults
Tickets: £50 per person, pre-booking essential, limited spaces.
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100
A fantastic opportunity to weave a plant obelisk for your garden. Our professional tutor will guide you through making your very own climbing frame for your plants which should last at least 5 years.

NEW!  Obelisk Willow Weaving

Flower Basket Weaving
Date: Tuesday 6 October
Time: 1pm-5pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £50 per person
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100
Weave a gorgeous willow flower basket with the guidance of our tutor Deb Hart. This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill and meet friends in a fun environment.

Flower Basket Weaving

Rag Rugging
Date: Tuesday 13 October
Time: 10am-2pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £30 per person, includes tea and cofee, please bring a packed lunch
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100
An ideal beginners course embracing the recycling and reusing of all your unwanted clothes. Maybe you will choose to make a remembrance cushion panel using your childrens old clothes? Or perhaps you will use your rag panel to make a cushion for your favourite armchair, a rug or something else, the possibilities are endless. Backing fabric and rug hook will be provided, bring along a basic sewing kit and a pair of scissors, your old clothes and a packed lunch. There will be some old fabric available but your creation will be more personal if you bring your own.

Rag Rugging

Christmas Willow Decorations
Date: Tuesday 3 November
Time: 10am-4pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £50 per person, includes tea and coffee, please bring along a packed lunch.
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100
Create beautiful willow decorations for Christmas which can be hung on the tree or individually. The workshop will be for all levels and you will make at least 3 rustic decorations such as small reindeer, large stars, Christmas trees, and more, all made from Somerset willow.

Christmas Willow Decorations

Festive Crazy Patchwork
Date: Tuesday 24 November
Time: 10am-2.30pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £30 per person, includes tea and coffee, please bring a packed lunch.
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100
An introduction to patchwork with a difference! Find out how to use up all your scraps of festive cotton fabric to create an amazing piece of patchwork to get your home all ready for the seasonal celebrations. This is a hand sewn piece of work so you will need to bring along a basic sewing kit, festive fabric will be provided but if you wish to bring your own along feel free. Crazy Patchwork can be embellished so bring along any old ribbon, buttons and beads.The panel you will be creating can be used as a cushion front, place-mat or as part of a table runner. Instructions for the panel will also be provided.

Festive Crazy Patchwork

Christmas Flower Arranging with David Thompson
Date: Tuesday 1 December
Time: 11am-3pm.
Age: Adults
Tickets: £30 per person, includes tea and coffee, please bring a packed lunch.
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100
Join internationally renowned floral designer David Thompson and learn how to create fabulous masterpieces out of simple flowers. David will guide you through making two festive arrangements to get your home ready for the seasonal celebrations. You will be required to purchase your own flowers (a simple bunch from the supermarket will be fine).

Christmas Flower Arranging with David Thompson