Head down to Valentines Mansion with your little cubs for our bear-illiant Teddy Bears Picnic!

Mischievous bears of all shapes and sizes have taken over Valentines Mansion for a fun-packed Teddy Bears Picnic on Sunday July 22.

Our historic grade II* listed venue is inviting families to pack their picnic and come along to the mansion for a very special day of honey trails, face painting,  arts & crafts, story-telling and more for children.

There will also be free books being given away by the borough’s Bookstart Team. Don’t forget to grab yours whilst stocks last.

Discover the wonderful history of the Mansion as you go exploring with your family, trying to spot all the bears hidden in the house.

And don’t forget to pack your camera as there will be lots of opportunities to take fun selfies with each of the bears you discover around the Mansion, including the mansion’s very own big blue bear.

The Mansion bear will also be judging and awarding prizes for the best dressed cubs in the picnic parade. Children in teddy bear themed costumes can take part in the picnic parade at 2pm, and winners will be announced shortly afterwards.

Doors open at 11am. Tickets cost just £5 per child from the mansion’s website www.valentinesmansion.com . Accompanying adults go for free.

For more information please visit the website, call 0208 708 8100 or email: hiringvalentines@visionrcl.org.uk


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Learn to paint beautiful landscapes at Valentines Mansion

Budding artists have the chance to learn the techniques used by Turner and Monet to paint beautiful landscapes at Valentines Mansion.

The historic grade II* listed building is hosting a series of summer art masterclasses exploring landscape painting using watercolours and acrylics.

Led by the Mansion’s talented resident Artist Jason Rose, the classes will explore and discuss the works of Monet and Turner, develop individual technique and reveal handy tips.

After brushing up on their skills, pupils will then have the chance to explore the Mansion grounds before finding a beautiful setting to paint their very own mini masterpiece.

The summer art classes are aimed at those aged 16 and over, and cost £45 per person, which includes the use of all tools and materials on the day.

Each masterclass takes place on the Mansion grounds and lasts from 10am-4pm. Tickets need to be pre-booked via http://www.valentinesmansion.com/.

Summer Masterclasses:

Tuesday July 24: Learn to paint landscapes with acrylic

Thursday July 26: Exploring watercolours: Landscape Painting Masterclass

Tuesday July 31: Exploring watercolours: Landscape Painting Masterclass

Saturday August 25: Impressionism Masterclass – Paint like Turner

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Volunteering at Valentines Mansion


We’re proud to be supporting Volunteers Week 2018 and here at the Mansion we know first-hand what a wonderful contribution volunteers make to an organisation.

We have 12 of our own who play a big part in helping run the Mansion, and we can’t thank them enough for all their wonderful work.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and often come in and help out on short notice.  As well as welcoming visitors to the Mansion, running our gift shop, assisting with school visits and the day-to-day running of the Mansion, they also get stuck into helping out with our bigger events.

All our volunteers also possess a wealth of knowledge, enabling them to give visitors an interesting and historical insight into the Mansion’s past.

Lynn Hammond, is one of our newest volunteers and encourages more people to get involved in volunteering.

Lynn Hammond Mansion volunteer Lynn Hammond

Speaking of her role at the Mansion, Lynn said: “I’m really enjoying it. I did it to widen my volunteering experience but have also ended up meeting and working alongside some fantastic people along the way!

“That’s the great thing about being a volunteer; you get to meet many different types of people. Valentines Mansion was a natural fit for me as I have a keen interest in local history. I’ve really enjoyed learning about the Mansion’s past.

“Many of our visitors are also local so they have equally fascinating stories about the area. It’s a very engaging role. I’d encourage everyone to consider a volunteering role, whether it’s at the Mansion, or for a cause they are passionate about.”

Since February 2018 our volunteers have committed to a total of nearly 500 hours between them to the Mansion.

If you are interested in a volunteering role at Valentines Mansion, please get in touch with us on hiringvalentines@visionrcl.org.uk or phone 0208 708 8100


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Grab yourself a unique piece of the past at Valentines Mansion’s Vintage Fair

We will be opening our doors for a day of retro shopping for our Vintage Fair on Sunday April 29. Bursting with unique finds and handmade made pieces, it offers a chance to bag some real bargains whilst enjoying the Mansion’s stunning grounds.

The Fair runs from 10am to 4pm, is free to enter and brings together some of the UK’s finest vintage traders.

Discover a unique selection of wares from stalls selling handmade crafts, vintage reupholstered furniture and home décor, to jams and chutneys, fashion, jewellery, accessories, collectables and more.

The fair is a retro shoppers dream and offers something for every vintage taste at affordable prices. And after bagging all your bargains, don’t forget to unwind and grab yourself a spot of lunch, or cream tea at the Gardeners Cottage Café, set on the Mansion’s stunning grounds.

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Breathing new life into old floors

The Drawing Room in Valentines Mansion was the latest room in the historic building to undergo major restoration work to bring it back to its former glory.

The two week project was focused on bringing the flooring in the Drawing Room back to its original condition, and was completed in early March.

Before the final panel of flooring was laid a time capsule was buried under it to mark the culmination of the restoration project.

The wooden time capsule, which carried a hand engraved date of the year of burial, contained photos and information about the Mansion and the team behind the works.

Valentines Mansion has a number of resident artists who regularly exhibit their work in the Mansion’s Gallery.  One of the artists – Cinzia Castellano – was working in her studio the day the time capsule was placed under the floorboards.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea to bury a time capsule in the Drawing Room. One of the reasons I enjoy being here is because The Mansion gives me a constant link to the past, which is a great source of inspiration”, said Cinzia.

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Get ready for a magical Easter as Valentines Mansion is transformed into a wonderland

Step in to the wonderful world of Alice in Wonderland as Valentines Mansion hosts its very own fun-filled Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

The enchanting tea party is part of a programme of events that will have little minds buzzing with eggs-citement this Easter half-term.

Taking Place on Sunday 15 April, the event will give children the chance to get involved in outdoor theatre performances, take part in activity trails, crafts, movie & story time, children’s rides (small charge applies), and much more.

A range of great prizes are also up for grabs in the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ costume parade taking place on the day. As a special treat all the children in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ fancy dress will receive a wristband enabling them to ride free at the funfair in Melbourne field after the tea party finishes.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party runs from 11am to 4pm. Tickets cost £5 per child/adult or £18 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children). The event is free for under 2’s, and all activities are suitable for under 8’s.

Pre-booking is essential for this popular event so grab your tickets now before they sell out. Tickets can be purchased online: https://thelittleboxoffice.com/valentines

To see our full programme of Easter Half-Term and spring events at Valentines Mansion please visit: http://www.valentinesmansion.com/whatson.php

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Eggs marks the spot at Valentines Mansion this Easter Half-Term

Valentines Mansion is hosting a fun-packed programme of events this Easter half-term starting with an Easter Trail that will have your little bunnies hopping with eggs-citement.

Taking place on Sunday 1 and Monday 2 April, the Easter Trail promises children a mini adventure as they go exploring to uncover hidden eggs and bunnies around the house and gardens.

There are also lots of tasty rewards to be won along the way. The trails take place between 11am and 4pm (last trail 3pm) and cost just £2 per child. There is no need to book, just turn up and join in on the day of your choice.

The half-term fun continues with Flower Power on Wednesday April 4. The event encourages children to take inspiration from the Mansions colourful gardens to create their own flower vases filled with lovely blooms. ‘Flower Power’ takes place 11.30-12.30pm and costs £5 per child.

On Tuesday April 10 the Mansion will be creating a buzz about bees with Bee Happy. Children can find out about the wonderful world of bees and their importance, before going on a bee spotting adventure in the gardens. They will also have the chance to get crafty in the Mansion’s exciting arts centre. The event takes place 11.30-1pm and costs £5 per child.

Topping off the Easter fun will be the fantastic Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Taking place on Sunday 15 April, this enchanting event will give children the chance to get involved in outdoor theatre performances, take part in activity trails, crafts, movie & story time, children’s rides (small charge applies), and much more.

There are also great prizes up for grabs in the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ costume parade taking place on the day. As a special treat, all children in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ fancy dress will receive a wristband enabling them to ride free at the funfair in Melbourne field after the tea party finishes.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party runs from 11am to 4pm. Tickets cost £5 per child/adult or £18 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children). The event is free for under 2’s, and all activities are suitable for under 8’s.

Pre-booking is essential for all the events listed apart from the Easter Trail. Our Easter events are incredibly popular so please book your tickets early on: https://thelittleboxoffice.com/valentines

 All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Music for the Eyes

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Portraits created using the power of sound will be at the heart of a stunning new exhibition opening in Valentines Mansion.

Music for the Eyes is the debut solo exhibition of the Mansion’s resident artist Jason Rose, and brings together his two great passions – art and music.

Each of the black and white portraits feature a beautiful colour effect created using musical vibrations.

Speaking about the unusual technique Jason said:
“My exhibition is about being able to see sound and music as well as hear it. I placed different colours of paint on a canvas over a speaker and turned it on.

“The colours moved, melting into each other with every musical beat and vibration, producing the unique blend of colours and patterns you see in the portraits.

“ It was like watching the colours dance over the canvas, forming intricate patterns out of the chaos of sound.”

The east London based artist also composed the music accompanying the exhibition pieces, along with a video documenting the technique used to produce his collection of work.

“This exhibition has allowed me to bring my art and music together. Music lifts the soul and is the inspiration for much of my work – the two are very much connected in my life. I’m hoping guests enjoy viewing the exhibition as much as I enjoyed producing it”, said Jason.

The exhibition is free to attend and takes place in The Gallery,Valentines Mansion, Emerson Road, Ilford IG1 4XA.

It will be open 11am-4pm every Sunday and Tuesday between March 4-27.

Guests will also have the opportunity to buy the music and original pieces of artwork from the exhibition.

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Rejuvenate your senses at Valentines Mansion!

Perfect timing after the over indulgence of the festive season and New Year – we’re sure the Mind, Body & Spirit Fair at Valentines Mansion will be a welcome treat for many!

Taking place on Sunday 11 February, the event also marks the re-opening of the Mansion to the public after its 3 month closure – this is when essential maintenance of the building takes place every year. With a mixture of over 25 stalls offering readings, treatments, and retail, it’s sure to be a great day out. With Valentine’s Day just a few days after, why not pop along and pick up a thoughtful gift that shows just how much you care?

Here’s a taster of what’s in-store:

Purple Heaven
A spiritual artist who’ll be selling a selection of handmade crystal clocks and wooden decorations.
Synergistic Energy Therapy
Holistic hands on healing including reiki and chakra balancing.

Ocean Spa Therapy
Enjoy the healing power of the sea in your hands and feet with these fantastic naturally derived crystals made by ancient oceans 250 million years ago. Developed by chiropractors, reflexologists and therapists, Ocean Spa Therapy helps to improve the health issues such as back pain, stress, musculature wear and tear, lack of energy and reduced focus.

Thamon London
Gorgeous Vegan-friendly fashion accessories made with real tree leaves – perfect gifts for your Valentine!

Howard Carter
Relax and unwind with a chair massage by Howard Carter – get here early to book your slot with Howard as he is always very popular.

A naturopathic nutritionist passionate about helping people feel healthier through a diet of whole foods and healthy lifestyle changes. Come along for a consultation.

Rock Circle Jewellery
Handcrafted jewellery made with sterling silver, semi-precious gemstones and Swarovski crystals.

Seraphina Jewellery
Handmade jewellery from Brazil with semi-precious stones and crystals.

Mo Juicy & Quality Essential Oils
Freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies, as well as homemade lemonade.

Fresh and healthy smoothie and juice. Mix fruits and vegetables

Magnetix Jewellery
Magnetic jewellery to help with back, neck and joint pain, as well as arthritis, cramp and gout.

Leones Reiki
Reiki healing and Angel Guidance

Michelle Harris
Holistic therapies, reflexology, reiki, Indian head massage and chair based massage.

Green Mystique
Eco-friendly tableware, homeware and fashion, upcycled products, and organic & vegan moisturisers and creams.

• Spirit Walker Crystals
• Leo Bonomo
• Metin Medium
• Paul Gentry
• Sue Breen
• Sue Withers

This is just a selection of the stalls we’ll have on the day – there will be lots more for you to enjoy and browse at the fair.

Please note: Doors open at 10am. It is advisable to arrive as early as possible to book your slot with the readers and therapists – they do book up fast.

Artists’ Open Studios

Make sure you take a trip to the second floor where our studio artists will be opening their doors to the public. Abstract art, paintings, stained glass, multimedia, willow weaving, fused glass, ceramics, pottery and more – you’ll find a fascinating collection of unique works of art in each of the studios. Another great place to visit for a Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one!

Find out more about each of our artists here: http://bit.ly/2zXSY8Z

So for a day full of relaxation, well-being, rejuvenation, art and retail therapy, make sure the date is in your diary!

Mind, Body & Spirit Fair and Artists’ Open Studios
Sunday 11 February
10am-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
Free entry
Nearest tube: Gants Hill on the Central Line (5 minute walk away)
Car park on site (RingGo telephone payments)

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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


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