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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 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
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

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.

Artists' Open Studio
Date: Sunday August 26
Time: 11am-4pm
Age: Suitable for all ages
Tickets: Free Entry
Bookings: No booking required
Meet our talented resident artists and explore their top floor studios, which was once the mansion’s old servants’ quarters. As well as an opportunity to chat with the artists you’ll also get the chance to view their latest works, which includes watercolours, conceptual work, ceramics and stained glass. There will also be a free drop in drawing workshop, where people can sit and draw either from a still life, or an image. Hosted by our artist Jason Rose, he will be on hand to provide handy tips and instructions.

Artists' Open Studio

Open House London 2018
Date: Sunday September 23
Time: 11am-4pm
Age: Suitable for all ages
Tickets: Free Entry
Bookings: No booking required
Valentines Mansion is proud to be participating in Open House London 2018, an annual festival of architecture and design celebrating the capital's wonderful buildings, places and neighbourhoods. Come and explore our historic grade II* listed building and discover the many original and period features that give the house its wonderful character. Set on the stunning grounds of Valentines Park & Boating Lake, the mansion also boasts its own beautiful garden and a charming seated café where you can sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

Open House London 2018

Vintage Fair
Date: Sunday September 30
Time: 10am-4pm
Age: Suitable for all ages
Tickets: Free Entry
Bookings: No booking required
Set in our historic building, this fair really is a vintage shoppers dream and brings together some of the UK's finest vintage traders. Bursting with original and bespoke retro finds, there's something for every vintage taste at affordable prices.
STALL HOLDERS: If you're a stall holder interested in selling your vintage wares at our fair, please get in touch with us via email hiringvalentines@visionrcl.org.uk or call 0208708 8100

Vintage Fair

Christmas Fair
Date: Sunday December 2
Time: 10am-4pm
Age: Suitable for all ages
Tickets: Free Entry
Bookings: No booking required
Our Christmas Fair is back by popular demand! As always, you will find a fantastic collection of hand-picked stalls selling a variety of original and handmade crafts, including jewellery, homeware, soaps, candles, food, and much more. The perfect stop for some Christmas shopping to pick up a really unique gift. The artists’ studios on the top floor will also be open throughout the day.
STALL HOLDERS: If you're a stall holder interested in selling your wares at our Christmas Fair, please get in touch with us via email hiringvalentines@visionrcl.org.uk or call 0208708 8100

Christmas Fair

Artists' Open Studio
Date: Sunday December 2
Time: 11am-4pm
Age: Suitable for all ages
Tickets: Free Entry
Bookings: No booking required
Meet our talented resident artists and explore their top floor studios, which was once the mansion’s old servants’ quarters. As well as an opportunity to chat with the artists, you’ll also get the chance to view their latest works spanning several artistic disciplines. Held in conjunction with our Christmas Fair – taking place on the same day, guests are invited to get creative and make their own fingerprint canvas Christmas tree decoration. This class is suitable for adults and children and a charge of £3 per canvas is applicable.

Artists' Open Studio

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES  back to top

Farmyard Fun
Date: Wednesday 1 August
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

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

FAMILY ACTIVITIES  back to top

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 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/505818 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

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS  back to top

Landscape Painting with Acrylic
Date: Tuesday July 24
Time: 10.00am-4.00pm
Age: suitable for for those aged 16+
Tickets: £45 per person
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Led by our talented resident artist Jason Rose, you will learn how to paint landscapes using acrylic paint. Let the Mansion’s beautiful surroundings inspire you as put your new skills to the test with your very own landscape painting. The cost includes the use of all tools and materials on the day.

Landscape Painting with Acrylic

Exploring watercolours: Landscape Painting Masterclass
Date: Thursday July 26
Time: 10.00am-4.00pm
Age: suitable for for those aged 16+
Tickets: £45 per person
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Whether you’re new to landscape painting or simply want to improve your technique, there is something for everyone in this fantastic masterclass. Led by our talented resident artist, Jason Rose you will learn how to paint landscapes in watercolours in the idyllic setting of the Mansion’s gardens. The cost includes the use of all tools and materials on the day.

Exploring watercolours: Landscape Painting Masterclass

Exploring watercolours: Landscape Painting Masterclass
Date: Tuesday 31 July
Time: 10.00am-4.00pm
Age: suitable for for those aged 16+
Tickets: £45 per person
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Whether you’re new to landscape painting or simply want to improve your technique, there is something for everyone in this fantastic masterclass. Led by our talented resident artist, Jason Rose you will learn how to paint landscapes in watercolours in the idyllic setting of the Mansion’s gardens. The cost includes the use of all tools and materials on the day.

Exploring watercolours: Landscape Painting Masterclass

A Touch of Glass - July Master Class
Date: Tuesday 31 July
Time: A Touch of Glass - July Masterclass
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 - July Master Class

Impressionism Masterclass - Paint like Turner
Date: Saturday August 25
Time: 10.00am-4.00pm
Age: suitable for for those aged 16+
Tickets: £45 per person
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Led by our talented resident artist Jason Rose, you will learn how to paint using impressionist techniques and styles loved by the maters including Turner and Monet. Let the Mansion’s beautiful surroundings inspire you as put your new skills to the test with your very own landscape painting. The cost includes the use of all tools and materials on the day.


Impressionism Masterclass - Paint like Turner