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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

An Evening of Classical Music and Costumes
Date: Friday 14 October
Time: Starts 7pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £10 per person (includes refreshments
Bookings: To book, make your cheque payable to Friends of Valentines Mansion and send with a stamped addressed envelope to FoVM, c/o 270 Cranbrook Road, Ilford IG1 4UR Enquiries 020 8554 7001
An eminent Chinese musician, Joanna Zenghui Qiu, and talented players from the Redbridge Music Service, followed by an illustrated talk by John Bright, director of Cosprop, a costume house, on costumes made for major films, TV dramas and theatre. Organised by the Friends of Valentines Mansion.

An Evening of Classical Music and Costumes

Line art of Exotic Animals - An Exhibition
Date: Sunday 16-Sunday 30 October
Time: During normal opening hours
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free Entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in.
Nina Gores artwork of exotic animals showcases her
uniqueness and creativity. Keeping to her style of drawing traditional henna patterns and line work within her art, she produces intricate and elaborate free-hand pieces. This is done in her style using a range of different art forms such as Inks, pens, henna on paper and canvas and this gives her work a distinctive edge and a sense of beauty. During the exhibition prints will be available for purchase and do not miss the
opportunity to talk with Nina to find out more about her.

Line art of Exotic Animals - An Exhibition

Paranormal Halloween Special
Date: Friday 28 October
Time: 8.30pm-2.30am
Age: Strictly over 18s only
Tickets: £44 per person includes light refreshments
Bookings: www.the-pigs.co.uk/ValentinesMansion.html
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, attempts 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.

Paranormal Halloween Special

Mind, Body & Spirit Fair
Date: Sunday 30 October
Time: 10am-3pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free Entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in. For stall enquiries call 020 8708 8100 or email hiringvalentines@visionrcl.org.uk
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.

Mind, Body & Spirit Fair

Christmas Fair & Artists' Open Studios
Date: Sunday 27 November
Time: 10am-4pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free Entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in. For stall enquiries email hiringvalentines@visionrcl.org.uk
Start your Christmas shopping at our Christmas Fair & Artists Open Studios and choose unique gifts your loved ones will cherish forever. Handmade jewellery and ornaments for the home and garden, paintings and more made by our artists to lots of wonderful Christmas gift ideas from our carefully selected suppliers of unusual crafts, artisan food and drink. This is sure to get you in the mood for Christmas.

Christmas Fair & Artists' Open Studios

An Evening of Traditional Christmas Words and Music
Date: Thursday 8 December
Time: Starts 7.30pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £10 for members, £12 for non-members (includes seasonal refreshments)
Bookings: Tickets available from October by sending a cheque payable to Friends of Valentines Mansion and a stamped addressed envelope to FoVM, c/o 93 Westbury Road, Ilford IG1 3BW. Enquiries 020 8478 7248
Presented by the Friends of Valentines Mansion.

 

Christmas at the Mansion
Date: Sunday 11 December
Time: 11am-3pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free Entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in.
A festive open day at the Mansion with costumed guided tours and seasonal refreshments.

Christmas at the Mansion

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES  back to top

Spooky Spiders, Webs & Masks
Date: Monday 24 October
Time: 11.30am-12.30pm
Age: 4 yrs+
Tickets: £5 per child, pre-booking essential
Bookings: Valentines Box Office
Get creative and make spooky spiders, webs and masks to get you ready for Halloween.

Spooky Spiders, Webs & Masks

Classical Mosaic Workshop
Date: Monday 24 October
Time: 10am-2.30pm
Age: 8 yrs+
Tickets: £30 per child
Bookings: Valentines Box Office
A workshop devoted to creating your own mosaic in the style of Classical Roman and Greek mosaics from around the ancient world. Please bring a packed lunch.

Classical Mosaic Workshop

Close Encounters
Date: Tuesday 25 October
Time: 11.30am-1pm & 12.30pm-2pm
Age: 3 yrs+
Tickets: £10 per child
Bookings: Valentines Box Office
Meet Vincent the Siberian Fox, Squirt the Skunk and their lovable friends at this fantastic event. You will learn all about the animals, have the chance to pet them all and make a mask of your favourite species to take home with you.

Close Encounters

Haunted Happenings in a Mansion
Date: Wednesday 26 October
Time: 2pm-3pm
Age: 4 yrs+
Tickets: £5 per child
Bookings: Valentines Box Office
Three superbly written and performed stories especially developed for Valentines Mansion by John Kirk. performing at his most spookiest in Valentines Mansion. Come dressed up in your scariest outfits.

Haunted Happenings in a Mansion

In the Ghostly Gardens…
Date: Wednesday 26 October
Time: 4.30pm-5.30pm
Age: 4 yrs+
Tickets: £5 per child
Bookings: Valentines Box Office
Join storyteller John Kirk for a performance of haunting tales of ghostly happenings in the gardens! Please note this is outdoor, suitable attire is recommended to compliment weather conditions at the time. In extreme weather conditions, the performance will be inside the Mansion. Come dressed up in your scariest outfits!

In the Ghostly Gardens…

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS  back to top

Festive Fused Glass
Date: Tuesday 29 November
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £43 per person
Bookings: Valentines Box Office
After the popularity of Amanda Seljubacs fused glass workshops, shes back with a real festive treat. Hand make fabulous fused glass pendants using plants and flowers from the gardens at Valentines - perfect gifts for your nearest and dearest (if you can bear to give them away) plus, as an added bonus, make your very own Christmas Tree decoration.

Festive Fused Glass