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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

Strawberry Cream Tea
Date: Thursday 20 July
Time: 2.30 - 4.00pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: 10 members of the Friends of Valentines Mansion, 12 for non-members.
Bookings: Call 020 8554 7001
Join the Friends of Valentines Mansion in the Drawing Room for a traditional strawberry cream tea, with live music.

Strawberry Cream Tea

India and Redbridge - An Exhibition
Date: Sunday 30 July-Sunday 3 September
Time: During normal opening times
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in.
This special Redbridge Museum exhibition explores the 400 year old links between India and Redbridge. From local East India Company merchants to the different communities who have lived in Redbridge for over 50 years, the displays feature objects and local stories from the collections of Redbridge Museum.

This event forms part of An Indian Summer at Valentines. Throughout August, we will be celebrating the UK India Year of Culture, a nationwide initiative to celebrate the long standing relationship between the two countries.

India and Redbridge - An Exhibition

Studio Artists Exhibition - Part of An Indian Summer at Valentines Mansion
Date: Tuesday 1 - Wednesday 30 August
Time: During normal opening times
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in.
Throughout August, we will be celebrating the UK India Year of Culture, a nationwide initiative to celebrate the long standing relationship between the two countries.

Come and see our artists interpretation of this celebration, in the year which marks 70 years since Indias Independence, featuring works in fused glass, ceramics, paintings and more.

Studio Artists Exhibition - Part of An Indian Summer at Valentines Mansion

Tea Party at the Mansion
Date: Wednesday 9 August
Time: 12.30pm-2pm
Tickets: 12.50 per person
Bookings: Valentines Box Office
Enjoy a fusion of English and Indian treats in our
special tea party at the Mansion.

Tea Party at the Mansion

Memories of India - Part of An Indian Summer at Valentines Mansion
Date: Tuesday 1 - Wednesday 30 August
Time: During normal opening times
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in.
Throughout August, we will be celebrating the UK India Year of Culture, a nationwide
initiative to celebrate the long standing relationship between the two countries.

The Bird Room Cabinets will showcase our crowd sourced show, a collection of peoples memorabilia, photographs and souvenirs picked up from visits to India or gifts they have been given. To take part and display an item, please get in touch by calling 020 8708 8100.

Memories of India - Part of An Indian Summer at Valentines Mansion

In Search of Gold
Date: Sunday 3 - Tuesday 26 September 2017
Time: During normal opening times
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in.
This September, Valentines Mansion will open a new exhibition featuring local artist Eliyah Qureshi from Barkingside. In Search of Gold is portraiture which gives prominence to bees, subtly crafted from gold acrylic and ink. The bee is vulnerable yet commands great power within nature, and the collection seeks to accentuate the melancholy of this paradox. Watch this space for workshops and meet the artist sessions.

In Search of Gold

London Open House
Date: Sunday 17 September
Time: 11am-3pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in.
Valentines Mansion will take part in the annual national celebrations of buildings and architecture. Look out for full details here.

London Open House

Artisan Food & Drink Fair
Date: Sunday 15 October
Time: 10am-4pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: For sstall bookings, call 020 8708 8100 or email hiringvalentines@visionrcl.org.uk
Get in touch to take part in our artisan food and drink fair and showcase your delicious treats in the beautiful setting of Valentines Mansion.

Artisan Food & Drink Fair

Christmas Fair & Artists' Open Studios
Date: Sunday 3 December
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
We are now taking stall bookings for our massively popular Christmas Fair. Get in touch to take part, we are looking for makers and sellers of quality Christmas gifts, artisan food and drink, unique handmade products and more.

Christmas Fair & Artists' Open Studios

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES  back to top

It's in the Bag!
Date: Wednesday 2 August
Time: 11.30am-1pm
Age: 5 years +
Tickets: 5 per child.
Bookings: Valentines Box Office
Make your own lavender bag to take away, using lavender from Valentines Gardens.

It's in the Bag!

Sow N Grow
Date: Wednesday 9 August
Time: 11.30am-12.30pm
Age: 5 years +
Tickets: 5 per child
Bookings: Valentines Box Office
Calling all keen little gardeners. Come and help us in the kitchen garden and get busy digging, planting seeds and exploring the wonderful gardens at Valentines. You will even get to take home vegetables you help dig up.

Sow N Grow

Exotic Animal Encounters - Part of An Indian Summer at Valentines
Date: Monday 14 August
Time: 11.30am-1pm and 12.30pm-2pm
Age: 5 years +
Tickets: 10 per child
Bookings: Valentines Box Office
Get up close to lots of weird and wonderful creatures native to India, including a peacock, snakes and lots of interesting bugs. Brought to you in association with Animals Work, whose animals have often been used in TV and Film. You will also get to make your own peacock to take home.

This event is part of An Indian Summer at Valentines. Throughout August, we will be celebrating the UK India Year of Culture, a nationwide initiative to celebrate the long-standing relationship between the two countries.

Exotic Animal Encounters - Part of An Indian Summer at Valentines

Family Drawing Workshop
Date: Wednesday 16 August
Time: 11.30am-1.30pm
Age: Families
Tickets: 5 per person, including adults
Bookings: Valentines Box Office
A wonderful opportunity to spend time as a family and learn how to draw landscapes in the idyllic setting of the Valentines Mansion Gardens, learning how to capture perspective, light effects, atmosphere and a variety of impressionistic techniques. Led by our studio artist Jason Rose.

Family Drawing Workshop

Bollywood Fever! Part of An Indian Summer at Valentines
Date: Tuesday 22 August
Time: 11am-11.45pm (4-7 yrs), 12noon-1pm (8-12 yrs), 1.15pm-2.15pm (13 yrs+)
Age: 4-13 years
Tickets: 4 to 7 yrs: 5, 8 to12 yrs: 8, 13 yrs+: 8
Bookings: Valentines Box Office
Get your groove on at Valentines Mansion in our energetic & upbeat Bollywood dance classes for kids led by professional dance company D Style Dance. Limited spaces, book early to avoid disappointment.

This event is part of An Indian Summer at Valentines Mansion. Throughout August, we will be celebrating the UK India Year of Culture, a nationwide initiative to celebrate the long-standing relationship between the two countries.

Bollywood Fever! Part of An Indian Summer at Valentines

Sow N Grow
Date: Wednesday 23 August
Time: 11.30am-12.30pm
Age: 5 years +
Tickets: 5 per child
Bookings: Valentines Box Office
Calling all keen little gardeners. Come and help us in the kitchen garden and get busy digging, planting seeds and exploring the wonderful gardens at Valentines. You will even get to take home vegetables you help dig up.

Sow N Grow

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS  back to top

Indian Tunic Block Printing Workshop - Part of An Indian Summer at Valentines
Date: Sunday 13 August
Time: 11am-3pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: Early Bird Offer - book on or before 31 July, pay only 25 per person. Normal price 30 per person. Limited spaces, book early to avoid dissapointment.
Bookings: Valentines Box Office
Block print an Indian tunic called a Kurta with artist Sba Shaikh. Part of An Indian Summer at Valentines Mansion.

The workshop includes a 10 minute presentation on block printing with a short film screening followed by a practical session. There will be an object handling courtesy of William Morris Gallery as well as looking at batik, Indian textiles and resources from the Anokhi Museum, Jaipur and Calico Museum, Ahmadabad India.

Indian Tunic Block Printing Workshop - Part of An Indian Summer at Valentines