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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

Guests of the Nation - Belgian Refugees, the First World War and Redbridge
Date: Sunday 15 February - Sunday 31 May
Time: During Mansion's usual opening times
Age: Open to all
Tickets: Free
An exhibition by Redbridge Museum.
In the first few months of the First World War, several hundred Belgian refugees arrived in Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford, where they found a home. This Redbridge Museum exhibition explores where they stayed and what life was like for them. Many stayed at Valentines Mansion and the display recreates one of their rooms.

Guests of the Nation - Belgian Refugees, the First World War and Redbridge

Art @ Valentines - Open Studios
Date: Sunday, 31 May
Time: 11am - 3pm
Age: Families
Tickets: Free
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in!
A fantastic opportunity to meet our artists and see how their work is made and enjoy special demonstrations. Introducing artist Carley Lechner to the team of Valentines Artists. Come and meet Carley and see some of her wonderful paintings up close and watch her working on her latest masterpiece. At 1pm, Jason Rose will be holding a special portrait painting demonstration in his studio.

Art @ Valentines - Open Studios

A photographic exhibition by the Wanstead and Woodford Photographic Society
Date: Tuesday 2 June Sunday 14 June
Time: During normal opening times
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in.
Enjoy a wonderful display of photographs presented by members of Woodford & Wanstead Photographic Society. A wide range of subject matter will be on show and members will be in attendance to answer your questions be it about photography or the club.

A photographic exhibition by the Wanstead and Woodford Photographic Society

Best of Music Fest
Date: Sunday 14 June
Time: 11am-3pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free
Bookings: No need to book
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

Strawberry Cream Tea
Date: Thursday 25 June
Time: 2.30pm-4.30pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: Tickets 10 for members of the Friends of Valentines Mansion, and 12 for non-members.
Bookings: Contact Mrs A Ross on 020 8554 7001
Enjoy fresh English strawberries, cream and scones, dainty cakes and tea in the glorious Drawing Room at Valentines Mansion. Accompanied by tuneful live music. Organised by the Friends of Valentines Mansion.

Strawberry Cream Tea

Best of Music Fest
Date: Sunday 12 July
Time: 11am-3pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free
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 and music styles. Arrive early to get the best spot! Picnics are welcomed but please bring your own seating or ground covers as chairs and blankets are not provided. Hosted by the Redbridge Green Fair Music Club and the Redbridge Music Lounge.

Best of Music Fest

Redbridge Art Association presents its 7th Summer Exhibition
Date: Wednesday 15 July - Monday 31 August
Time: Wednesdays to Sundays, in the Dovecote Gallery, adjacent to the Gardeners Cottage Cafe
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in.
Visit the Dovecote Gallery this summer to browse exhibits by local art groups.

Redbridge Art Association presents its 7th Summer Exhibition

Taxidermy or Stuffed Animals? A Special Exhibition at Valentines Mansion
Date: Sunday 2 - Sunday 30 August
Time: During normal opening times
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in.
For many of us the dusty and tired-looking stuffed birds and animals that used to be the mainstay of small museums belong to a Victorian world-view of power, possession and destruction, best consigned to the storeroom. Yet these collections allow us to see close up and real the majesty and wonder of the natural world. Maybe we can hold both views? Come and see. This display will feature a collection of birds and animals in the Bird Room.

Taxidermy or Stuffed Animals? A Special Exhibition at Valentines Mansion

TALKS  back to top

Gardens Tour
Date: Tuesday 9 June
Time: 11am-12noon
Age: Adults
Tickets: 3.50 per person
Bookings: No need to pre-book, just drop in.
Join Valentines Park Manager Simon Litt Dip. Hort. for a guided walk around the incredible gardens at Valentines. Highlights include the Old English Garden, Victorian Rose Garden, Dry Garden and Walled Kitchen Garden. Simons in depth knowledge will give you a fascinating insight into the historical gardens at Valentines.

Gardens Tour

Gardens Tour
Date: Tuesday 14 July
Time: 11am-12noon
Age: Adults
Tickets: 3.50 per person
Bookings: No need to pre-book, just drop in.
Join Valentines Park Manager Simon Litt Dip. Hort. for a guided walk around the incredible gardens at Valentines. Highlights include the Old English Garden, Victorian Rose Garden, Dry Garden and Walled Kitchen Garden. Simons in depth knowledge will give you a fascinating insight into the historical gardens at Valentines.

Gardens Tour

FAMILY ACTIVITIES  back to top

Fun Day Sunday - Taking Tea the Victorian Way!
Date: Sunday, 31 May
Time: 11am - 3pm
Age: Families
Tickets: Free
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in!
Imagine you have been invited for tea at the Mansion! Get dressed up, try our teatime challenges, read some tasty stories and design your own plate!

Fun Day Sunday - Taking Tea the Victorian Way!

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS  back to top

Glass Fusion
Date: Tuesday 2 June
Time: 10am - 1pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: 30 (includes all materials)
Bookings: Pre-booking essential. Call 020 8708 8100
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. This would make a wonderful gift for someone special, perhaps for a birthday or anniversary. Whatever the occasion, make sure you book early, this workshop is extremely popular and spaces fill up fast.

Glass Fusion

Paint in the style of Monet
Date: Sunday 7 June
Time: 11am-3pm (includes a half hour break, please bring a packed lunch)
Age: Adults
Tickets: 32 per person
Bookings: Booking essential on 020 8708 8100
Local artist Jason Rose will guide you to complete a canvas painting in the style of Monet. This can make a beautiful, unique gift or a great addition to your home!
As part of the workshop you will learn impressionist painting techniques, and how to capture sunlight, texture, water.
Suitable for beginners or more experienced learners, all materials provided.

Paint in the style of Monet