Handmade Crafts Celebrated at Valentine Mansion

This Sunday, Valentines Mansion will re-open to the public after the winter closure with “Made with Love” – a special handmade craft fair offering visitors a unique shopping experience in the Grade II* listed building – just in time for Valentine’s Day.

As well as carefully selected stalls throughout the house, the top floor, home the Mansion’s studios artists, will be open for visitors to explore. The studios open twice a year, so it’s a great opportunity to meet the artists and catch a glimpse of how their work is made.

Here’s a closer look at some of the fabulous products you can expect to buy on Sunday offering some fantastic gift ideas for Valentine’s Day:

A wonderfully innovative collection of accessories to keep your cash safe – all made from beautiful fabrics.

enstage-2Woodford & Warner
A delicious range of cordials, drinks an jelly made from a Hibiscus flower – a traditiona drink in the West Indies called Sorrel.

newlandingpage-2400x1638Kiki’s Soaps
A gorgeous collection of handmade soaps and candles.

kikis-soaps-2Dainty Kate
A contemporary illustrator who uses nature and animals as her inspiration, transforming them into beautiful products:


Gilli’s Flowers
A unique collection of hand folded origami jewellery.  Original and affordable!

gilllis-flowers-2M C Chocolatier
Handmade chocolates, brownies and tarts – truly scrumptious!

The Wild Irish Skincare Company
Handmade natural skincare including soaps, body butters and more – this is sure to go down a treat on Valentine’s Day!

cs-soap-1A K Beads
Gorgeous and unique designs from a very talented beaded jewellery designer maker.

anna-kepinski-9Yianna’s Baking Delights
Tantalise your tastebuds with these delicious baked goodies by Yianna – including cupcakes, shortbreads, biscuits & more – all made with love!

Seaside & More
High quality art works, wall plaques and jewellery.

Maddog Cottage Creations

Helping you set the scene for Valentine’s Day (& every other day!) – soy candles, reed diffusers and lovely jewellery.

Purple Seasons
Unique handmade cards, including 3D box cards.

The Den
Handmade jewellery – the ideal Valentine’s Day gift.


Conscious Souls
Stunning jewellery made from silver, copper, brass & semi-precious stones.

sakinaLove The Idea
Adorable textile greeting cards, notebooks and pictures, as well as original hand drawn art.

Inga Pia
Ceramic art tiles, dishes and candle holders – all handmade to perfection.


Sunpatch Quilts
Hand embroidered cards, patchwork and quilted items.

Cool Caricatures
How about a fun gift for your Valentine?  Pose for a caricature – they only take 5 minutes and are sure to go down a treat!

caricature-from-photo-01-228x228Blue Can Cafe
After all that shopping, treat yourself to a yummy hot Belgian Waffle, smothered in chocolate & strawberries (plus lots of other flavours too!), washed down with one of their extra special hot chocolates – heaven!

Gardener’s Cottage Cafe
The cafe in the walled gardens will be open throughout the day for hot drinks and lunch.

Don’t miss – our new exhibition, “Young Artists” celebrating the work of some super talented artists, some as young as 6 years of age!

Sunday 12 February, 10am-4pm, FREE ENTRY


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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