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Come and enjoy exhibitions, join us for guided tours and walks, bring the family along for some arts and crafts, stroll through our specialist fairs, or simply make time for yourself with one of our creative workshops - there’s so much to do at Valentines, you’ll be surprised.

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SPECIAL EVENTS  back to top

Oddsock Open Air Theatre - A Midsummer Nights Dream
Date: Sunday 23 June
Time: 6pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Tickets from 12.50
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Box Office
Join Oddsocks Productions as they return to celebrate their 30th anniversary with yet another high-energy, feel-good family theatre show. This summer the company invite you to join them for a festival of music, magic and mayhem as they bring that Shakespearean favourite "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to life as you have never seen it before.

Oddsock Open Air Theatre - A Midsummer Nights Dream



Guided Tour of Valentines Mansion
Date: Monday 8 July
Time: 1pm-2pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £5 per person, includes tea/coffee
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Discover the fascinating history behind our charming mansion and its former residents in this fact-filled guided tour. You'll be surprised by some of things you'll find out!

Guided Tour of Valentines Mansion



Decade - Studio Artists Exhibition
Date: Sunday 4 August - Wednesday 28 August
Time: During normal opening times
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
The Valentines Mansion Artists share the common experience of working in the studios at the top of the House for a decade The diversity of our practices and the subject matter of our works are continually influenced by our experiences of this unique location. We have become bound up with the history of the house; its architectural structures, gardens, stories, staff and users affect the work we make. Through our individual approaches and interests we reflect on the past ten years at Valentines in our exhibition Decade.

Decade - Studio Artists Exhibition



Guided Tour of Valentines Mansion
Date: Thursday 15 August
Time: 1pm-2pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £5 per person, includes tea/coffee
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Discover the fascinating history behind our charming mansion and its former residents in this fact-filled guided tour. You'll be surprised by some of things you'll find out!

Guided Tour of Valentines Mansion



The Four Seasons of Redbridge
Date: Sunday 1 - Sunday 29 September
Time: During normal opening times
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
A special exhibition by Gideon Knight, a 19 year old local resident and winner of numerous prestigious photography awards, most notably the Natural History Museums Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2016. This new exhibition aims to show the wildlife that can be found in Redbridge and highlights the colours, behaviour and weather of each of the year's seasons. From the flowers of spring, the newborn animals of summer and the rich russets of autumn to the bleakness of winter, these images will take you through a year in the life of the animals that call this borough their home.

 



Guided Tour of Valentines Mansion
Date: Monday 16 September
Time: 1pm-2pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £5 per person, includes tea/coffee
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Discover the fascinating history behind our charming mansion and its former residents in this fact-filled guided tour. You'll be surprised by some of things you'll find out!

Guided Tour of Valentines Mansion



Artists' Open Studios
Date: Sunday 27 October
Time: 11am-4pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
Ten years ago, the very top floor of Valentines Mansion was transformed into six contemporary studios for local artists. Pottery, printmaking, sculpture, fused glass, willow weaving, basketry, painting, ceramics and photography - these are just some of the art forms practiced from this space. Now's your chance to explore the studios and meet the artists, see how their work is made, and buy a unique piece of art to take home.

Artists' Open Studios



Mind, Body & Spirit Fair
Date: Sunday 27 October
Time: 10am-4pm
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
Bookings: No need to book, just drop in
Explore the realms of the unknown with healings, readings and retail therapy.

For stall bookings, please email hiringvalentines@visionrcl.org.uk.

Mind, Body & Spirit Fair


HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES  back to top

Jolly Jellyfish & Crazy Crabs
Date: Wednesday 31 July
Time: 11.30am-12.30pm
Age: 5yrs+
Tickets: £5
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office.
Tranform paper plates into cool mobiles, using a variety of craft materials, including twigs from
Valentines Gardens.

Jolly Jellyfish & Crazy Crabs



Wonderful Weaves
Date: Wednesday 7 August
Time: 11.30am-12.30pm
Age: 5yrs+
Tickets: £5
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office.
In this hands-on workshop, children will have the chance to get creative and learn to weave. Using cardboard looms and colourful yarn, they will make a lovely keepsake to take home.

Wonderful Weaves



Cats & Dogs
Date: Wednesday 13 August
Time: 11.30am-12.30pm
Age: 5yrs+
Tickets: £5
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office.
Join us to make your very own cardboard cats and dogs and decorate your pets using a variety of craft materials.

Cats & Dogs



Origami Insects
Date: Wednesday 21 August
Time: 11.30am-12.30pm
Age: 5yrs+
Tickets: £5
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office.
Have fun making cool caterpillars and lovely ladybirds using the intricate art of origami. You'll have something to show off to your friends and teachers back at school!

Origami Insects



Flying High
Date: Wednesday 28 August
Time: 11.30am-12.30pm
Age: 5yrs+
Tickets: £5
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office.
This workshop for the little ones is sure to leave them feeling sky high! Get crafty and create hot air balloons hanging from a happy cloud.

 


CREATIVE WORKSHOPS  back to top

A Touch of Glass
Date: Sunday 30 June
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £47 (includes all materials)
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Studio artist Amanda Seljubac is back with our best-selling fused glass workshop. Make a decorative piece to take home, using specialist techniques and materials including frit, stringers, metal inclusions and compatible glass.

A Touch of Glass



Hand Applique Workshop
Date: Wednesday 10 July
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: 18+
Tickets: £45 including materials, tea & coffee. No refunds or exchanges.
Bookings: Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Discover the art of applique in this workshop. Applique is a versatile and creative sewing technique in which fabric pieces ñ small or large are layered on a base fabric and then stitched in place. During this workshop you will create your own applique design in a hoop which you can take your work home in. We will be using inspiration from designs from textiles brought over by the East India Company. In the course of the 18th century the mansion had three owners that were involved in the East India Company. You will need basic sewing skills for this workshop. This workshop is part of ArtLab - a collaboration between the mansion’s resident artists Amanda Seljubac and Sadia Ur-Rehman who will be bringing their creative skills and expertise to a series of 10 workshops throughout the year to celebrate ten years of the mansion being open to the public.

Hand Applique Workshop



A Touch of Glass
Date: Sunday 29 July
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £47 (includes all materials)
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Studio artist Amanda Seljubac is back with our best-selling fused glass workshop. Make a decorative piece to take home, using specialist techniques and materials including frit, stringers, metal inclusions and compatible glass.

A Touch of Glass



Tea Cup Painting & Make your own Tea
Date: Wednesday August 14
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: 18+
Tickets: £45 including materials, tea & coffee
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Design and paint your very own tea cup and saucer in this unique workshop. We will provide a range of ceramic paints as well as the crockery and tools for you to work with. During the session you will also make your own tea bags using loose leaf tea and a variety of spices. This workshop pays homage to the links the Mansion has to the East India Company who bought tea over to England from Asia. It’s also part of ArtLab - a collaboration between the mansion’s resident artists Amanda Seljubac and Sadia Ur-Rehman who will be bringing their creative skills and expertise to a series of 10 workshops throughout the year to celebrate ten years of the mansion being open to the public.

Tea Cup Painting & Make your own Tea



A Touch of Glass
Date: Sunday 25 August
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £47 (includes all materials)
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Studio artist Amanda Seljubac is back with our best-selling fused glass workshop. Make a decorative piece to take home, using specialist techniques and materials including frit, stringers, metal inclusions and compatible glass.

A Touch of Glass



Block Printing on Tote Bag
Date: Wednesday September 11
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: 18+
Tickets: £45 including materials, tea & coffee
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Want to learn to design and print your own designs on fabric? Sign up for this block printing workshop with artists Amanda and Sadia, and learn how to block print on fabric as you create a custom tote bag. In this 3 hour session, you will learn how to carve simple printing blocks and transfer your designs onto fabric. We will provide all the materials: linoleum blocks, carving tools, printing ink, and a plain cotton tote bag. You’ll leave with your own, custom-printed tote bag. We will be exploring Valentines Mansion gardens for inspiration for your designs. This workshop is part of ArtLab - a collaboration between the mansion’s resident artists Amanda Seljubac and Sadia Ur-Rehman who will be bringing their creative skills and expertise to a series of 10 workshops throughout the year to celebrate ten years of the mansion being open to the public.

Block Printing on Tote Bag



A Touch of Glass
Date: Sunday 29 September
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £47 (includes all materials)
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Studio artist Amanda Seljubac is back with our best-selling fused glass workshop. Make a decorative piece to take home, using specialist techniques and materials including frit, stringers, metal inclusions and compatible glass.

A Touch of Glass



Mark Making with Natural Tools
Date: Wednesday October 16
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: 18+
Tickets: £45 including materials, tea & coffee
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
In this unique and experimental workshop we will be using natural and unusual tools to make marks on fabric. We will be exploring a series of easy and exciting ways to create imagery and pattern through experimentation. The natural tools will be found objects/ plants found in the mansion gardens. This workshop is part of ArtLab - a collaboration between the mansion’s resident artists Amanda Seljubac and Sadia Ur-Rehman who will be bringing their creative skills and expertise to a series of 10 workshops throughout the year to celebrate ten years of the mansion being open to the public.

Mark Making with Natural Tools



A Touch of Glass
Date: Sunday 20 October
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £47 (includes all materials)
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Studio artist Amanda Seljubac is back with our best-selling fused glass workshop. Make a decorative piece to take home, using specialist techniques and materials including frit, stringers, metal inclusions and compatible glass.

A Touch of Glass



Punch Needle Embroidery
Date: Wednesday November 13
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: 18+
Tickets: £45 including materials, tea & coffee
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Master the principles of a contemporary textile craft in this workshop. Punch needle is a modern take on the ancient craft of rug hooking. In this 3 hour workshop, you will learn a how to use a punch needle with a variety of yarn to create your own unique piece of wall art. A range of patterns will be provided or you can choose to punch your own design. We will be exploring Valentines Mansion and gardens for inspiration for your designs. This workshop is part of ArtLab - a collaboration between the mansion’s resident artists Amanda Seljubac and Sadia Ur-Rehman who will be bringing their creative skills and expertise to a series of 10 workshops throughout the year to celebrate ten years of the mansion being open to the public.

Punch Needle Embroidery



A Touch of Glass
Date: Sunday 24 November
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £47 (includes all materials)
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Studio artist Amanda Seljubac is back with our best-selling fused glass workshop. Make a decorative piece to take home, using specialist techniques and materials including frit, stringers, metal inclusions and compatible glass.

A Touch of Glass



Christmas Printmaking Workshop
Date: Wednesday December 11
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: 18+
Tickets: £45 including materials, tea & coffee
Bookings: No refunds or exchanges. Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Using the traditional method of lino printing you will learn how to design and create your very own cards, gift tags and wrapping paper in this Christmas inspired workshop. Learn the art of carving and printing linocuts in one or two colours with good quality tools and inks to get excellent prints. This workshop is part of ArtLab - a collaboration between the mansion’s resident artists Amanda Seljubac and Sadia Ur-Rehman who have brought their creative skills and expertise to a series of 10 workshops throughout the year to celebrate ten years of the mansion being open to the public. This is the very last in the series.

Christmas Printmaking Workshop