Jingle all Way to our Christmas Fair!

Get in the mood for festive celebrations at the Valentines Mansion Christmas Fair. It’s THE place to start your festive shopping – not only will the Mansion be full of stalls offering some wonderful gift ideas, but our artists’ studios will also be open for you to browse and pick up many handmade arts and crafts.

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.  Here’s a closer look at some of the stall holders we’ve handpicked for you:

All Natural Soap Company

Gorgeous handcrafted soaps for everyday use made by a multi award-winning artisan producer, established in London and handmade in the UK.

Visit their stall for ready-made gifts, the option of creating your own, and also special offers and festive deals.

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Blue Kazoo

Inspired by the ocean, Blue Kazoo bring you unique handcrafted jewellery and gifts for all occasions.

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Cacao Amelie

Who can resist chocolate, especially when it’s the good stuff!  Enjoy organic handcrafted raw chocolate and fudge – all sugar, dairy and gluten free from Cocao Amelie.   All ingredients are ethically sourced and made with love into mouth-watering treats.  Choose from individual chocolates, bars, gift boxes and small gift bags.

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MillieMoo Knitwear

Back for the 2nd year, Suffolk based designer brings her beautiful scraves and wraps in natural yarns to Ilford for our Christmas Fair.

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The Little Brown Shed

Get your hands on some handmade British Beef Jerky and BBQ foods including sauces and rubs in tantalising flavours!  All made from a little brown shed in Essex…

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Dr Beekeeper

A delicious collection of festive honey and nut gift boxes.

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The Little Craftery

Decorate your home with fabulous luxury hand painted artwork and Christmas decorations by The Little Craftery.

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Jewelled Buddha

Unique fairtrade jewellery and accessories sourced from artisans from around the world.

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Just Sew Inspired

Handmade, retro – inspired nightwear and separates by textile artist Karen Odinga. Unique and comfortable pieces that add a touch of vintage styling to your wardrobe.

The Little Black Cat

Handcrafted gemstone jewellery and hand stamped jewellery, gifts and personalised Christmas decorations.

Bejazzled

Handmade Christmas wreaths and decorations.

Purple Seasons

Fun and creative handmade cards and advent calendars, and decorations with a vintage retro feel.

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Mehraj Art

Imaginative and colourful textile art, prints, and clothing.

The Curtis Cakery

Treat yourself and your family & friends to delicious festive cupcakes.

Stepping Lightly Foods

Homemade jams and chutneys.

Flowers by Karen

A lovely selection of dried flowers, Christmas wreaths and gift items.

Head for the top floor and browse the artists’ studios for unique handmade crafts – from paintings and books, to jewellery and glass decorative items for the home, to cool ceramics – all created by local craftspeople.

Blue Can Café

A café with character!  Fresh coffees and hot Belgian waffles topped with seasonal fruit, fine flavor syrups, cinnamon sugar, organic yoghurt & cream – all served from a stylish Citroen H Van.

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Zara’s Treats

We’re thrilled to have Zara’s treats back with us for a 3rd time!  Visit her stall for a gorgeous selection of handmade foods, including cakes, breads, cupcakes, sauces and sweets.

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Just Like Mummy
Something for the little ones – festive face painting, glitter tattoos, nails and hair braiding.

Sunday 27 November
10am-4pm
FREE ENTRY

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A Day of Relaxation for the Mind, Body and Spirit at the Mansion

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.

mbs-posterHere’s what you will find at the fair this Sunday:

Retail Therapy

Browse the stalls offering a variety of products for relaxation and pampering of the mind, body & spirit:

Amazing Himalayan Salt Company
A wonderful collection of Himalayan salt products, including lamps, cooking and bathing salts, tea lights and more.
Find more about The Amazing Himalayan Salt Company here

Kiki’s House Handmade Soaps
Handmade soaps, bath bombs, candles, wax melts.
Find out more about Kiki’s House Handmade Soaps here

Forever Living
A complete range of Aloe Vera based health and beauty products. There will also be the chance to enter a prize draw to win an amazing product plus free sample packs for visitors.

The Babylon Tree
Babylon Tree specialises in natural aromatherapy and herbal products. Find out more here.

Magnetic Wellness
Magnetic jewellery, braclets, rings, necklaces, ankle bracelets, power hearts and water sticks.

Jason Rose Artist
Jason is one of our studio artists and specialises in portrait commissions with a spiritual dimension.
Find out more about Jason Rose here.

The Sage Son
Choose from a variety of crystals, sage, jewellery, salt lamps and other metaphysical goods.
Find out more about The Sage Son here.

Glitzy Shop
Gorgeous jewellery made with Swarovski crystals.
Find out more here.

Magnetix Jewellery by Jo Cowan
A beautiful range of magnetic jewellery for health and wellbeing which can help alleviate aches and pains, arthritis, insomnia, menopause, migraine and much more.

Lovell Natural Soap Company
Gorgeous handmade natural soaps and soy candles.
Find out more here.

Neal’s Yard
Organic health and beauty products.
Find out more here.

Readers, Healers, Mediums & More

Leo Bonomo
Inspirational Clairvoyant Medium and Psychic.
Read more about Leo here.

Metin Hussain
Inspirational medium.
Find out more about Metin here.

Rosie Tarot
Tarot and oracle card reading, as well as crystals, pendulums and drowsing rods.
Find out more about Rosie here.

Helena Smith
Tarot and psychic readings.

Healing Touch Spiritual centre
Angel cards, psychic and tarot readings.
Find out more here.

Paul Gentry
Clairvoyant medium.

Howard Carter
Howard Carters Chair Massage is always popular during our Mind, Body & Spirit Fairs. Choose from a variety of techniques including holistic massage, Indian head massage, reflexology and more. Arrive early to book a slot with Howard.

Sue Breen
Well respected clairvoyant medium.
Find out more about Susan here.

Zeinab Mulla Yoga

Zeinab is a research scientist as well as a yoga teacher. She has always had a strong interest in Health and Wellbeing and has a PhD in Nutrition. More naturally an academic by nature movement was not something that came naturally to her. But when she encountered yoga she knew instantly that it was a different kind of movement. She has been practicing now for nearly decade and her practice continues to bring her joy and amazement.

Zeinab is a graduate of the Yogacampus teacher training Diploma. This is an 18 month course accredited by Yoga Alliance (US) and the Independent Yoga Network (UK). She has also studied with Judith Hanson Lasater and is a qualified level 1 Restorative yoga teacher.

Yoga Style
Zeinab teaches a rhythmic flowing yoga with careful attention given to correct alignment in each posture. The pace can be faster or slower depending on the level of the students. Modifications, options and props are given so all levels are welcome including beginners, post-natal and more experience students. There is an emphasis on linking breath to movement and in using the physical practice as a gateway to turning inwards. Meditation and deeper breathwork (pranayama) are often incorporated.

Free taster yoga and meditation sessions.
10.30 – 10.45 – Gentle Yoga Flow -a gentle series of delightful flowing and freeing movements and stretches
10.50-11.00 – Pranayama (various breathing techniques) and meditation used to increasing vitalty and to still the mind
11.10 – 11.30 – Restorative yoga. Come and relax deeply in a fully supported posture with bolsters, blankets and eye pillows. Restorative yoga switches on the parasympatheictic nervous system, quieting the brain and slowing the heart rate, creating conditions for healing. It restores balance in the body especially where there has been chronic stress

Run again at the flowing times

11.40-11.55 Gentle Yoga Flow
12.00-12.10 Pranayama
12.15- 12.40 Restorative yoga

Run again at the following times:

1.40- 1.55 Gentle flow yoga
2.00- 2.10 Pranayama
2.15—2.40 Restorative yoga

Find out more about Zeinab Mulla Yoga here

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Local Artist in Special Exhibition at the Mansion

Valentines Mansion is proud to be showcasing the talents of a local artist in our Gallery between Sunday 16 and Sunday 30th October. Inspired by her rich heritage and culture, artist Nina Gore’s collection of line art drawings of exotic animals comes together for our latest exhibition.

img_4986After experimenting with henna on hands, the self-taught artist now produces intricate and elaborate free-hand pieces using traditional henna patterns and line work within her art that will simply take your breath away.

Produced using a range of different art forms such as inks, pens and henna on paper and canvas, the distinctive pieces by Nina Gore will come together for the first time in Redbridge for this very special event.  “I’m over the moon to be exhibiting at Valentines Mansion”, commented Nina.  “I always had a passion for art and studied art & design, but even before that I was a natural creative and loved drawing and applying henna on people during weddings.”

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“When my youngest daughter started school, I started expanding the roots of my talents.  It gives me great satisfaction when others enjoy my art.  My inspiration comes from my heritage and background, growing up with Bollywood, music, films, dance and just being a free spirit gives me that sense of style in my artwork. Also for me anything around me can inspire me…my moods, the weather, flowers, animals and people.”

As well as viewing the exhibition, visitors will the chance to meet with Nina and see her working on some of her creations.  “Meet the Artist” will take place on Wednesday 26 October, between 1pm and 2pm.

img_4974“My aim is to create modern, affordable art with a traditional feel that appeals to a wide range of buyers from the general public to specialist collectors!”  Nina’s work will be available to purchase – more information available when you visit the Mansion.

Exhibition opening times:

Sunday 16 October, 11am-3pm
Tuesday 18 October, 11am-3pm
Sunday 23-Wednesday 26 October, 11am-3pm

FREE entry

Find out more about Nina Gore here:  http://www.ninagore.com/

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Christmas at Valentines for School Children

Teachers!  Treat your class with a visit to Valentines Mansion and get a taste of how the festive season was celebrated in the Victorian times.

During the sessions, children have fun helping the Ingleby household prepare for Christmas above and below stairs.  This popular hands-on, workshop will look at familiar Christmas traditions that became popular in Victorian times, with the chance for the kids to get all dressed up as members of the household.  Your class are also more than welcome to come dressed in the best Victorian costumes!

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Find out more about prices, capacities and dates by calling Redbridge Museum on 020 8708 2317.

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Dinner & Jazz at the Mansion

Supper Club legends team up for GOURMET 4-course tasting menu with live jazz at Valentines Mansion!

Brought to you by the team behind The Underground Supper Club (London’s gourmet supper club on a 1967 Tube carriage), Basement Galley, and The Elmore Jam, who have taken London’s supperclubbers by storm with the Live Jazz dinners. You are cordially invited to a beautifully fresh, seasonal 4 course tasting menu with live jazz, all set in Valentines Mansion & Gardens.

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What to expect

On arrival there will be a welcome drink waiting for you which you’re welcome to sip in regal splendour while you take a look around the Grade II* listed Mansion, discovering the history of the house built in 1696 for Elizabeth Tillotson and her family, after the death of her husband, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

After this you’ll be able to take in some of the sunset looking out into the luscious gardens before you make your way to join fellow diners where you can expect some of Basement Galley’s finest seasonal dishes to the sophisticated sound of Elmore’s live jazz.  And thanks to an onsite bar you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious glass of vino or two!

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YOUR HOSTS

The Elmore Jam was started by father and daughter team Nick and Ro in their home on the other side of Islington with the specific aim of bringing people together for a sociable, culinary and musically stimulating experience for all your senses. They are focused on getting delicious food prepared by a rotation of professional, exciting chefs to your plate whilst you enjoy socialising with a backdrop of live musicians, all the ingredients you need for a good night.

23878825330_611b3aca5d_oBasement Galley is the catering company behind a whole series of supper clubs, most famously, The Underground Supper Club’ on a 1969 London Underground carriage in Walthamstow. Originally named The Basement Galley Supper Club, then trainee-lawyer, Tom Fothergill, and his flatmate, Chef Alex Cooper, set out to bring friends and strangers alike together over dinners in their flat in Brixton. They are now joined by Chef Shiann Stuiver from Pollen Street Social to bring you some awesomely and creative dishes loosely based on Skandinavian flavours.

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Saturday 10 September, 7pm to 10pm, use discount code DINNERJAZZ and pay only £29 pp (normal price £60pp)

What are you waiting for?  Book here now!

For more information visit:  Design My Night

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Shakespeare in Redbridge

What does Shakespeare mean to the community of people who make up the Borough of Redbridge? Visit the latest exhibition at Valentines Mansion to find out. Items loaned by members of the local community make up this special exhibition, to commemorate 400 years since the death of the great poet, playwright and actor.

20160722_110137The collection features books, memorabilia, programmes and photographs from productions ranging from documentation of a member of a Shakespeare’s company who danced through Ilford in 1600, to photographs of a school production of West Side Story, a musical interpretation of Romeo and Juliet.

The exhibition centres on a signed copy of a book which was written and inscribed by Clement Ingleby, previous resident of Valentines Mansion. Shakespeare’s Bones, which was written in 1882, deals with the ethics of digging up Shakespeare’s grave, and was spotted for sale recently on Ebay by curator and Valentines Mansion studio artist Julian Walker. Also on display is a telescope owned by Clement Ingelby in the 1840s. The telescope was kindly donated by a family member of Mr Ingleby to Redbridge Museum.

Shakepeares BonesShakespeare in Redbridge is one of two free exhibitions showing every Sunday – Wednesday at Valentines during August. This year’s studio artists’ exhibition also celebrates the memory of Shakespeare through glasswork, paintings, ceramics, drawings and more.

Sunday – Wednesday until 31 August
11am-3pm
Free entry

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Here comes the (local) honey!

Pick up a jar of delicious raw honey, produced locally in Ray Park, on your next visit to Valentines Mansion.

Close up view of the working bees on honey cells

As part of the special edible network project led by the Redbridge Nature Conservation Team, the 18th century walled garden at Ray Park in Woodford Green is home to a number of busy bees that collect nectar and pollen from the ample tree blossoms and wild flowers. The result is a gorgeous, distinctive variety of raw honey, harvested by hand, filtered and jarred simply as it is, with nothing added or removed.

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Not only is the sweet stuff great for the taste buds, it is also good for you! Honey naturally contains nutrients and enzymes that have a variety of health benefits and medical uses, but much of the honey found in shops has been processed and this unfortunately destroys much of the beneficial antioxidants and bacteria.

Raw honey, the type available to purchase from Valentines Mansion, offers many health benefits for the immune system, the heart and to seasonal allergies such as hayfever. Find out more on the health benefits of raw honey here.

698183723f04504eb259b34a55f6205aSo next time you visit the Mansion, be sure to stop by our Gift Shop for a jar of delicious locally produced honey to enjoy back at home. It goes perfectly with our new unique blends of Valentines Tea – also available to buy in our gift shop.

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Take Tea the Valentines Way – New & Exclusive

Back in 1700’s, when the mansion would have been home to Sir Charles Raymond, drinking tea would have been a popular passtime for the residents and their guests.

Sir Charles, owner of Valentines and a ships captain for the East India Company would have managed many voyages for the company, and would have brought back Chinese tea to drink within the house when he lived here between 1754 and 1788. In honour of this, we’ve worked with tea expert Mark Nicholls to blend a special Valentines Tea, as similar as possible to the tea which would have been drunk in this very house all those years ago!

IMG_3230Mark has blended two gorgeous teas, completely unique to the house.  An Afternoon Tea Blend – specially selected Assam tea, decorated with delicate cornflowers, and an aromatic Chinese Green Tea, with pretty roses giving this blend its unique flavour and taste.

The teas are beautifully packaged and are available to purchase exclusively at the Mansion.  Priced at £8.50 for the Afternoon Tea and £9.50 for the Chinese Tea, they make a wonderful souvenir of your visit to the Mansion or a great gift for family and friends.

The Mansion is open to the public on Sundays and Tuesdays between 11am – 3pm, free entry.

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It’s Time for Tea at the Mansion

Our new exhibition, The Art of Tea, opened to the public on Sunday 3 July, with hundreds of visitors eager to see the spectacular still-life photos of antique tea-ware by photographer Stuart Duff.

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Through the clever use of lighting techniques and innovative technology in the art of photographic display, Stuart has breathed life into a collection of previously unseen and exquisite valuable tea-ware from around the world.  So clever is the display, it gives the viewer an experience which presents the pieces in a way that is as close as possible to the real thing. Seeing is believing!

Stuart Duff Background

Stuart Duff studied photography at Blackpool and went on to work with the Lord Snowdon, Lester Bookbinder, Phil Jude and Doris Kloster.

After setting up his own studio in 1991, Stuart began working on campaigns for Saatchi & Saatchi such as Silk Cut, British Airways, Courvoisier and Asprey & Gerrards.  Many other high-profile campaigns followed, including Haagan-Dazm BMW and Adidas, bringing Stuart numerous awards from D&AD and the Creative Circle.  At the same time, Staurt was also producing award winning work for Vogue, Tatler, GQ, Harpers & Queen and front covers of The Sunday Times Magazine.

The Shoot

Stuart was commissioned to photograph this private collection in November 2012 and took 11,350 photographs of 1,250 pieces at various times between then and August 2014.

He then specifically designed and commissioned a large perspex dome in order to light the pieces and give consistency to the body of work and which also allowed him to control the contrast and graduations of light, something which was of particular importance to the silver and gold pieces.

No retouching was carried out on the final photographs in order to retain the authenticity of each piece.

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Private View

The Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Gurdial Bhambra was among those who attended a private view of the collection on Friday 1 July, and was most impressed with the work. Guests met the photographer and marveled over his work, whilst sampling our very own unique Valentines Tea – two special blends created just for us and available to buy in our gift shop!

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20160701_180234 20160701_180351The exhibition is open to the public until Sunday 31 July and is complimented by a number of tea themed events ranging from tastings and cream teas to a talk on tea and how it would have been enjoyed by previous residents of the Mansion.

For more information, visit http://www.valentinesmansion.com

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Coffee & Cream Wins the Prize!

And the winner is…..Francesca (aged 7 and a half)!

Lucky Francesca correctly ticked ‘Coffee & Cream’ in our recent “Guess the Names’ competition and excitedly came in to pick up her runner-up prize. Francesca was super thrilled with her fabulous 57-piece art case from Ryman Stationery of Ilford, complete with a sketch book to get her started!

Well done Francesca! And if you would like to visit our furry new friends, head for the kitchen garden, opposite the Gardener’s Cottage Cafe. Open every day from 11am.

IMG_34093-siberian-chipmunkThe first prize was lunch for 4 in our lovely Gardener’s Cottage Cafe.

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