Mad Hatter fun at Valentines Mansion goes down a treat!

What a brilliant day! Glorious weather and lots of excited families visited Valentines Mansion for our Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatters Tea Party on Sunday 20 March. The gardens were transformed into a magical setting for families to enjoy their picnics whilst being entertained by characters from Alice in Wonderland – queues of excited children and families were greeted by the giant caterpillar on stilts, and joined in with Alice chasing the White Rabbit around the trees. The children also had great fun entertaining the Queen of Hearts with a game of human croquet as well as giving the Mad Hatter a hand with his tea party. We were thrilled to hold this event at Valentines Mansion, which was part of the GLA’s Find Your London Festival. It was great to see visitors in their hundreds from all over London and beyond come along to Valentines Mansion, many of them for the first time and we look forward to welcoming them back to the Mansion for our upcoming events. We are so pleased with the feedback received from visitors, it was lovely to see the children and parents having such a good time, many of them had dressed up and really got into character which was brilliant!

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Other activities included:

• Arts and Crafts inside the Mansion making picnic baskets and lots of treats to put inside
• We were lucky enough to have ISS Education, the local provider of healthy school meals in Redbridge join us with some fantastic food activities – visitors had great fun making oat playing card cookies as well as caterpillar fruit sticks. The Smoothie Bike proved popular with queues of people having a go at crushing fruits and vegetables into delicious drinks.
• Face painting
• Tea Cup rides
• Giant Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter props including cakes and cookies
• Interactive theatre performance by Historical Promotions and Event Management

A big thank you to all of our volunteers for all of their hard work throughout the day!

For upcoming events at Valentines Mansion please visit


About valentinesmansion

Discover a beautiful country house and gardens in the heart of Ilford. Visit the recreated Victorian kitchen and Georgian rooms, with gorgeous views over surrounding parkland. Enjoy contemporary art exhibitions and installations. Explore the stunning historic gardens. Bring the whole family for hands-on games, activities and discovery trails. FREE ENTRY Hire the Mansion...Valentines Mansion is a truly unique venue in a beautiful setting. With its elegant period rooms, grand staircase and enchanting walled gardens, this Grade II* listed building, is perfect for a whole host of functions, from weddings and celebrations to corporate events. The Mansion and its rooms can be hired either individually or exclusively and we work with a fine selection of caterers to ensure a first-class experience for you and your guests. Call us on 020 8708 8100 to find out more.
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