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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

Decade - Studio Artists Exhibition
Date: Sunday 4 August - Wednesday 28 August
Time: During normal opening times
Age: All ages
Tickets: Free entry
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



Summer Tai Chi at the Mansion
Date: Tuesday 6, 13, 20 and 27 August
Time: 4pm-5pm
Age: 16 years+
Tickets: £9 per person, includes a hot drink
Bookings: Pay on the day, but to guarantee a space, please email hiringvalentines@visionrcl.org.uk
Where better to practice the relaxing art of tai-chi than in the tranquil and serene surroundings of Valentines? In a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, you will learn the elegant movements of this ancient practice, while improving your balance, flexibility, coordination and strength. The sessions are designed for all abilities. If you have any health issues, please check with your GP before attending.

Summer Tai Chi at the Mansion



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



Afternoon Tea at the Mansion
Date: Friday 30th August 2019
Time: 1pm-3pm
Age: 16 years+
Tickets: £19 per person
Bookings: Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Come and enjoy a decadent afternoon tea at Valentines Mansion in celebration of our 10th anniversary. Indulge in delicious sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, preserve and other nibbles served in the Mansions Drawing Room.

Afternoon Tea at the 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.

The Four Seasons of Redbridge



Mind, Body & Spirit Fair
Date: Saturday 26th and 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



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


HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES  back to top

Who Lived Here?
Date: Monday 29 July
Time: 11am-4pm (last trail at 3.30pm)
Age: 5yrs+
Tickets: £2.50 per child
Bookings: No need to pre-book
Step back in time and learn all about the past residents of Valentines Mansion as you hunt for hidden clues and objects. Finish the trail and you are in for a treat!

Who Lived Here?



Inglebys Lost & Found
Date: Tuesday 30 July
Time: 11am-4pm (last trail at 3.30pm)
Age: 5yrs+
Tickets: £2.50 per child
Bookings: No need to pre-book
Clement Ingelby, one of the Mansions oldest residents has become very forgetful! He needs your help to find some very important objects. Are you up for the challenge? There will be rewards for his little helpers!

 



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



The Numbers Trail
Date: Monday 5 August
Time: 11am-4pm (last trail at 3.30pm)
Age: 5yrs+
Tickets: £2.50 per child
Bookings: No need to pre-book
Have fun with numbers! You will have to work out the sums to our questions to find the hidden numbers dotted around the house to get full marks and claim your prize!

The Numbers Trail



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



Bollywood Dance Classes
Date: Monday 12 August
Time: 11am-11.45am (4-7 year olds) and 12pm-1pm (8 years plus)
Age: 4 years plus
Tickets: £6 (4-7 year olds), £8 (8 years plus)
Bookings: Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
Get your groove on in these fun and energetic Bollywood dance classes led by D-Style Dance.

Bollywood Dance Classes



Cats & Dogs
Date: Wednesday 14 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



Birthday Fun!
Date: Thursday 22 August
Time: 11am-4pm
Age: 5 years plus
Tickets: £8 per child
Bookings: Pre-booking essential via Valentines Box Office
It is party time at the Mansion! You are invited to our 10th birthday celebration and it's going to be a blast - craft activities, birthday games, face painting and lots more!

Birthday Fun!



Save the Day!
Date: Monday 26 August
Time: 11am-4pm (last trail at 3.30pm)
Age: 5yrs+
Tickets: £2.50 per child
Bookings: No need to pre-book
The Mansion is hosting a banquet and Martha, the kitchen maid, desperately needs your help! Can you help her locate all the fruits, vegetables and herbs needed to cook up the feast in the kitchen garden, as well as flowers to make the house look lovely? You will also need to have a good look around the Mansion for her utensils too. You will be rewarded for your hard work!

Save the Day!



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.

Flying High


CREATIVE WORKSHOPS  back to top

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



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
Best seller! Your final chance this year to join one of our fused glass workshops, with studio artist Amanda Seljubac. Amanda will guide you though all the tricks and techniques used to create a decorative glass masterpiece, and on hand will be a variety of specialist tools such as frit, stringers, metal inclusions and compatible glass. All materials included, just bring your imagination!

A Touch of Glass



Punch Needle Embroidery
Date: Wednesday 13 November
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £47 (includes all materials)
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.

Punch Needle Embroidery



Christmas Printmaking Workshop
Date: Wednesday 11th December
Time: 11am-2pm
Age: Adults
Tickets: £45 (includes all 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.

Christmas Printmaking Workshop