Countdown to Christmas at Valentines

With just a month to go until our much-loved Christmas Fair and Artists’ Open Studios, we’re busy working on the final touches to this fantastic event. Read on for more details of the carefully selected designers, makers and artists that will be taking part and bringing you the most wonderful collection of Christmas gifts.

The Artists Open Studios will take place on both Saturday 2 December and Sunday 3 December, and the Christmas Fair will take place on the Sunday only.


Artists Open Studios
This year, the artists’ studios will be open over two days – Saturday and Sunday. If you haven’t already visited, you’re in for a treat! Venture to the top floor of the mansion, which were historically the servants’ quarters, and browse the interesting and colourful studios from which our artists create their amazing work. Paintings, stained glass, pottery, fused glass, willow, felt and more – you’ll get to meet the artists and see how their work is made. If you’re looking for unique gifts, this is the place to go.

• Why should grown-ups have all the fun?! Artist Amanda Seljubac will be giving our younger visitors the opportunity to make their very own fused glass Christmas Tree decorations. A fun 15-minute workshop suitable for children aged 8 years and above. Drop into her studio anytime between 10am-3pm, £5 per child, payable on the day, no need to pre-book.
• Unicorns are all the rage at the moment, so it’s just perfect that painter Jason Rose will be selling personalised paintings of this mythical creature, complete with glitter to make them shimmer! Simply pop into his studio and ask him to add the name of your choice to your preferred design. 10am-4pm.
• Meet our new artist Cinzia Castellano, and abstract painter from Florence and browse her wonderful collection of work.

Creative Workshops
Although the rest of the Mansion will be closed on the Saturday, we’re holding a few festive workshops to get you in prepared for the seasonal celebrations.

Traditional Christmas Table Arrangement
Impress your guests this Christmas with your very own handmade table arrangement using a mixture of cones, berries and baubles. 11am-12noon or 2pm-3pm, £15 per person. BOOK HERE & FIND OUT MORE

Traditional Christmas Table Ring
Using fresh flowers, Christmas foliage, cones and berries, you will learn to create an amazing centrepiece for your Christmas meal. 12.30pm-1.30pm, £20 per person. BOOK HERE & FIND OUT MORE


It’s back! We’re so excited about this year’s Christmas Fair, and you should be too!! We’ve meticulously chosen the best designers, makers and artists to bring you a brilliant selection of stalls where you’ll find something for everyone. From jewellery and accessories, to candles and home décor, and not forgetting delicious edible treats –  we’ve got it covered. Read on for a taster of what’s in-store…

Interior accessories and gift items made from 100% wool, including cushiosn, slippers, bags and purses.   Sprinkled with Maisey Dust
Personalised gifts made from wood, glass and textiles, including Christmas treat plates and mugs.

The Candy Stop
A variety of locally sourced flavoured fudge and Chocolate baubles.

AK Beads Jewellery
Stunning handmade pieces of jewellery and accessories by a local designer.

Jewelled Buddha
Ethical retailer offering accessories handmade by artisans across the globe.

Iola Henri
Hand printed and handmade collection including lampshades, cushions and printed T-shirts.

Honey Heaven
Hungarian creamed honeys flavoured with herbs and spices.

Kiki’s House Handmade Soaps
Handmade soaps, candles, wax melst and bath bombs that look and smell good enough to eat!

Stepping Lightly Foods
Homemade jams and chutneys in delicious flavours.

Maddog Cottage Creations
Handmade scented soy wax candles and reed diffusers and jewellery inspired by the seashore.

Dr Beekeeper
Luxurious local and worldwide honey in a wide range of falvours.

Pierce Braysher Illustration
Breathtaking portrait prints of wild animals such as Tigers, Bears and Giraffes and a selection of Garden Birds and portraits of robotic animals and insects, plus greeting cards, and hand-printed T-shirts.

Nicky’s Little Kitchen

Take a break from the shopping and treat yourself to delicious crepes in sweet and savoury flavours by Nicky’s Little Kitchen.

This is just a selection, come along for a unique shopping experience at the Mansion. Sunday 3 December, 10am-4pm, FREE ENTRY.

Reminder of what’s happening:
Saturday 2 December – Artists Open Studios & Creative Workshops (rest of the Mansion will be closed)
Sunday 3 December – Christmas Fair & Artists Open Studios


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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