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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

War - An Exhibition
Date: Tuesday 1 July - Tuesday 30 September
Time: During normal opening times
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
'A state of armed conflict between different countries or different groups within a country'

'A state of competition or hostility between different people or groups'

'A sustained campaign against an undesirable situation or activity'

To mark the centenary of WW1, Valentines Mansion Studio Artists are responding to the theme of 'war' in this years annual exhibition. The artists all use diverse art forms and this will be a varied collective response.

War - An Exhibition

Art in the Park
Date: Wednesday 2 July - Sunday 31 August
Time: Wednesday and Sundays including Bank holiday Monday 11am-4pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free. This exhibition takes place in the Dovecote Gallery.
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
Visit the Dovecote Gallery this summer for an exhibition of local art groups, Redbridge U3A, Fullwell Cross Art Group, Ilford Art Society, Redbridge Art Group, Redbridge Marquetry Group, St Teresa's Art Group and Redbridge Photographers Association displaying watercolours, oils, acrylics, marquetry and photography. Come along and speak to some of the artists, enjoy the experience and vote for your favourites.

Art in the Park

Calling all local budding performers! Join the Community Chorus with Teatro Vivo at Valentines Mansion Gardens
Date: Mondays 21 & 28 and Wednesdays 23 & 30 July
Time: 4pm-6pm
Age: Open to anyone over the age of 18, or under if you bring an adult too
Tickets: Free
Bookings: For more information e-mail info@teatrovivo.co.uk or call 07733134701
Teatro Vivo are looking for Community Chorus members for their forthcoming production ‘The Hunters Grimm’, a theatrical journey inspired by the Household Tales of the Brothers Grimm and the Community Chorus will be involved in bringing some of their well-known characters to life.

Joining the Community Chorus will mean participating in 4 free workshops with an internationally acclaimed professional company, and then taking part in the performances of their production The Hunters Grimm.

Teatro Vivo are on the look-out for keen, enthusiastic people from all walks of life who enjoy being part of a team and are looking to do something a little different.

Anyone who is interested in performing and keen to develop their singing and acting skills or can play an instrument, should get involved in the Community Chorus! But if you feel you don't have any of those skills then come along and you’ll be given plenty of help to develop some.

Teatro Vivo are also looking for Volunteer Stewards who would be interested in working backstage and are looking to gain some experience working on a professional production. They would become part of the company and help prepare and manage each show.

Anyone interested in getting involved as a Volunteer Steward or as Community Chorus member should get in touch by contacting Teatro Vivo at sophie@teatrovivo.co.uk

Chorus and Steward roles are open to anyone over the age of 18, or under if accompanied by an adult. Specific dates are as follows:

21st July 6pm - 8pm – Workshop/rehearsal – Redbridge Drama Centre Studio

23rd July 6 - 8pm - Workshop/rehearsal – Redbridge Drama Centre Studio

28th July 4 - 6pm - Workshop/rehearsal – Valentines Mansion Gardens

30th July 4 - 6pm - Workshop/rehearsal – Valentines Mansion Gardens

31st July, 1st August, 2nd August – 2 Performances per day

Participants don’t need to be available for all dates, but do need to commit to 2 workshops and 2 performances.

Calling all local budding performers!  Join the Community Chorus with Teatro Vivo at Valentines Mansion Gardens

The Hunters Grimm
Date: Thursday 31 July, Friday 1 & Saturday 2 August
Time: 31 July & 1 August 11am & 2pm, 2 August 3pm & 6pm (Performance lasts 60 minutes).
Age: Recommended for children 6 years and over and their families.
Tickets: Adults £10, Concessions/Child £5, Family Ticket £25 2 Adults & 2 Children or 1 Adult & 3 Children only
Bookings: Box Office www.teatrovivo.co.uk Enquiries info@teatrovivo.co.uk or for more information call 07733 134 701.
A new promenade performance for all the family
The famous Brothers Grimm need your help. They need stories - a particular story that will save
one of their lives. And in Redbridge this summer they will need the help of every resident to capture the stories in Valentines Mansion Gardens before they escape out onto the streets.


Audiences will experience interactive stories as they travel in groups around the park, finding magic hiding behind every bush and water sprinkler. They will meet an anarchic frog, comfort a desperate prince, dance with the musicians of Bremen and talk to a very unusual sausage..

Internationally acclaimed site-specific theatre company Teatro Vivo bring their exciting and exuberant work to Redbridge for the first time. The Hunters Grimm will be a bucolic frolic for family audiences at Valentines Mansion & Gardens and will be suitable for adventurers over the age of 6. All hunters are requested to wear a stout pair of boots and clothes suited to the climate for who knows where these stories will take us…..

The Hunters Grimm

Best of Music Fest
Date: Sundays 10 August & 14 September
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

Our War - Pop Up Tea Parties
Date: Sunday 14 September and Sunday 28 September
Time: 11am and 2pm (each seating lasts around 90 minutes)
Age: Adults
Tickets: Free
Bookings: Eastside Community Heritage at www.hidden-histories.org.uk or call 020 8553 3116
This tea party will explore the British tea drinking habits which fortified the troops in the First World War. You will be encouraged to share family stories you may have about the war and can bring and mementoes you may have, although this is not essential. With a Redbridge Museum display about the local impacts of the war.

Our War - Pop Up Tea Parties

Open House London
Date: Sunday 21 September
Time: 11am-5pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free
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. You’ll also have the chance to visit our Vintage Wedding Fair which will be taking place throughout the house on this day.

Open House London

Vintage Wedding Fair at Valentines Mansion & Gardens
Date: Sunday 21 September
Time: 11am-3pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
If you love all things vintage and are planning your wedding, make sure you come along to our very special wedding fair. You'll get to meet fabulously vintage exhibitors and see their beautifully unique products and services, ranging from vintage and bespoke dresses and tiaras, film photography, vintage china hire and table styling to vintage inspired jewellery, wedding cakes, catering and floristry.

All exhibitor booking enquiries to Jules Armour at essexvintageweddingfair@gmail.com

Vintage Wedding Fair at Valentines Mansion & Gardens

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES  back to top

It's in the Bag!
Date: Tuesday 5 August
Time: 11am-12noon
Age: 4-11 years
Tickets: £4.50 per child
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100.
Make your own traditional heart or bird shaped lavender bag to take away, using lavender from Valentines Gardens.

It's in the Bag!

Green Fingers!
Date: Tuesday 5 (FULLY BOOKED) & 12 August
Time: 2pm-2.45pm
Age: 4 years and over
Tickets: £3.50 per child. Only one adult accompanying each child.
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100.
Come and help us in the kitchen garden! Come rain or shine there's lots for toddlers, older children and grown ups to do, from watering to picking vegetables. Get messy and learn with your family in beautiful surroundings.

Green Fingers!

Amphibian Reptile Discovery - FULLY BOOKED
Date: Wednesday 6 August
Time: 1pm-2.30pm
Age: 5 years and over
Tickets: FREE - limited spaces,
Bookings: Pre-booking essential by calling the Nature Conservation Team on 020 8559 2316.
Come and learn all about the wonderful world of reptiles and amphibians. Our Nature Conservation Rangers will teach you about those that can be found in the wild in the UK.And you'll then get the chance to meet some captive bred exotic species before finishing off the day with some arts and crafts - make your own snake stick to take home.

Amphibian Reptile Discovery - FULLY BOOKED

Magic Mosaic Treasure Boxes - FULLY BOOKED
Date: Tuesday 12 August
Time: 11am-12noon
Age: £4.50 per person
Tickets: £4.50 per child
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100.
Using our beautiful park mosaic as inspiration, make your own mosaic treasure box to take home and find out more about the ancient art form.

Magic Mosaic Treasure Boxes - FULLY BOOKED

Dazzling Decoupage
Date: Wednesday 13 August
Time: 11am-12noon
Age: 4-11 years
Tickets: £4.50 per child
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100.
Get creative when you make your booklet and decorate the front cover with Victorian or superhero decoupage. Back at home let your imagination run wild and write your very own story in your special booklet.

Dazzling Decoupage

Cool Corsages
Date: Wednesday 13 August
Time: 2pm-2.45pm
Age: 4-11 years
Tickets: £4.50 per child
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100.
Make a vintage corsage or sports rosette. Wear it with pride and be the envy of all your friends!

Cool Corsages

Rhyme Time for Under 5s
Date: Mondays 11 & 18 August
Time: 11am-11.30am
Age: Under 5s and families
Tickets: Free, limited spaces
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
Come along for a sing-along to your favourite nursery rhymes at the Mansion!

Rhyme Time for Under 5s

Creative Crockery - FULLY BOOKED
Date: Tuesday 19 August
Time: 11am-12.30pm
Age: 4-11 years
Tickets: £9 per child
Bookings: Pre-booking essential on 020 8708 8100.
Take inspiration from the gardens and transfer your fab ideas on to paper before painting your lovely design onto your cup and saucer. You'll always remember your wonderful visit to Valentines whenever you enjoy a drink in your hand-painted creation!

Creative Crockery - FULLY BOOKED

FARMERS MARKETS  back to top

Farmers' Markets
Date: Sunday 27 July
Time: 11am-3pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
The ever popular and crowd pleasing farmers’ markets are packed with a variety of stalls including delicious fresh foods and make a great day out at Valentines.

Farmers' Markets

Farmers Markets
Date: Sunday 24 August
Time: 11am-3pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free
Bookings: No need to book just drop in
Fresh bread, tempting cakes, homemade chutneys and jams – just some of the fantastic local foods on offer at the ever-popular farmers’ markets. You’ll also find a good selection of other stalls to stroll through, and don’t forget to visit the mansion and gardener’s cottage café whilst you’re here.

Farmers Markets