Schools almost out and the fun’s about to start at Valentines Mansion

Don’t worry about having to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays, bring them over to Valentines Mansion & Gardens! We’ll be open an extra two days each week during August, meaning even more fun days out at the Mansion. And we’ve got lots of activities planned to keep the little ones entertained:

Let the kids get crafty using a variety of craft materials, including twigs from the Valentines gardens to create their own Jolly Jellyfish & Crazy Crabs. Wednesday 31 July, 11.30am-12.30pm, 5yrs+, £5 per child.

Enjoy watching the children getting hands-on and learning to weave! Using cardboard looms and colourful yarn, children will make a lovely keepsake to take home. Wonderful Weaves, Wednesday 7 August, 11.30am-12.30pm, 5yrs+, £5

If you’re looking to keep the kids energised during the holidays, this next event is perfect! Let them get their groove on in our fun and energetic Bollywood dance classes led by D-Style Dance. Monday 12 August, 11am-11.45am (4-7 year olds) and 12pm-1pm (8 years plus) 4yrs+, £6 (4-7 year olds), £8 (8 years plus).

Another chance to get crafty with ‘Cats & Dogs’ during mid-August. In this workshop, kids will be taught to make their very own cardboard cats and dogs and decorate them using a variety of craft materials. Wednesday 14 August, 11.30am-12.30pm, 5yrs+, £5

In our next workshop, we’ll practice the intricate art of origami to make cool caterpillars and lovely ladybirds – the kids will love showing these off to friends and family back at home! Origami Insects, Wednesday 21 August, 11.30am-12.30pm, 5yrs+, £5

End the holidays feeling sky high in our final activity! Participants will enjoy getting crafty and creating hot air balloons hanging from a happy cloud. Flying High, Wednesday 28 August, 11.30am-12.30pm, 5yrs+, £5

As well as these activities, a visit to Valentines is always so much fun. Have fun getting dressed up in Victorian and Georgian costumes as you step back in time and explore the Mansion and spot the portraits of the previous owner. Pick up a free visitor guide from Reception – we’ve picked out all the highlights and this fantastic leaflet also includes child-friendly questions and activities. The gardens are always lovely to stroll through. With the kitchen garden packed full of fruits, vegetables and herbs to spot, as well as the long water to take a picnic by, and the Gardener’s Cottage Café to pick up an ice cream from, a day out at Valentines is always so much fun!

School holiday opening times:

Every Sunday – Wednesday (from Sunday 29 July – Wednesday 28 August), 11am-4pm, Free entry.

All school holiday activities must be pre-booked. Visit for full details.

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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