Events

Full details about opening times and all events being held at Valentines Mansion and Gardens are available from Vision RCL’s website. For information on facilities and rooms for hire at Valentines Mansion, contact +44 (0) 8708 8100 or email hiringvalentines@visionrcl.org.uk.

Special Sundays & Memorable Mondays

Sundays and Mondays are Open Days when you can visit the Mansion between 10.30am and 4pm. Some of these Open Days arranged by the Friends will be special and we hope memorable too.

“SPECIAL SUNDAY”: MUSIC AT THE MANSION”

Sunday 18th July, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm. A free event, featuring a variety of music performed in and around the Mansion, from choral music to jazz, Chinese music and film classics on the piano. more


11.00 and 12.45 Joanna Zenghui Qiu

In Britain, Joanna has performed and directed music in many concerts, festivals and theatre productions (including Wild Swans, Young Vic, 2012). She has led numerous educational courses (including at SOAS) and workshops. Joanna is the director of the UK Chinese Opera Association. She plays over ten different Chinese instruments.

Joanna will perform twice during the day, demonstrating a variety of fascinating instruments.

Lunchtime jazz 12-2

Bring a picnic to the South Lawn to listen to a superb Jazz Quintet featuring leading Saxophonist and Composer Josh Kemp, a regular at jazz clubs/festivals around UK, at Ronnie Scott’s & the London Jazz Festival, London’s Savoy and Dorchester Hotels.

Josh cut his teeth playing jazz standards and the blues is always a central reference in his playing. A unique sound combining a lyrical and melodic style with deeply swinging playing has led to widespread acclaim. Josh composes for and plays with the E17 Large Ensemble, and he has released 5 CDs of original compositions

A saxophonist with a gift for melody, known for his lyrical improvising style, whether playing bluesy standards rooted in the tradition or original pieces in a contemporary style, you can expect high-energy swing with an enjoyable and relaxed groove. 

Film music played on the piano 2pm

Jason Rose, resident artist at the Mansion, will be tinkling the ivories playing film music. Jason has been known to play requests! And if you’ve not yet visited the exhibition in the Gallery, then there will be ample opportunity to do so on the day. The exhibition features works by Jason and other artists resident at the Mansion that were completed during Lockdown.

2.30 Choral delights under the Porte Cochere

Valentine Singers has gained a reputation, both locally and further afield, for high quality performances with a friendly atmosphere, supported by Redbridge Vision and the Arts Council.

They usually give at least four main concerts a year as well as singing at various events in the local community. They have also toured in England and abroad: Ghent (2012), Oxford and Dorchester (2013), Honfleur (2014), Norfolk (2015), Edinburgh where they gave three concerts in the Festival Fringe (2016) and Madrid and Avila in 2018.

Forthcoming Friends’ Events

Anyone is very welcome at all our events but membership offers
discounted prices to “Friends” so why not join us ? Membership will also give you advance notice of events, through regular newsletters.

We can’t yet announce details for future events inside the Mansion but the committee is meeting regularly (Zoom!!) and formulating plans. Watch this space.

We had our first online (Zoom) event From Tiny Acorns in March on Holcombe Ingleby’s birthday.

Forthcoming Mansion Events

Regular events take place throughout the year. Visit for family activities, exhibitions, craft workshops and specialist fairs .

Find out more here.

EXHIBITIONS in the Mansion Gallery – Sun & Mon 10:30am – 4 pm FREE ENTRY

Art in Lockdown by Valentines Mansion Studio Artists

A variety of pieces created during the Covid-19 pandemic. Artwork includes paintings, ceramics, eco-prints and more. 

17 May – 19 July 21 EXTENDED

Past Friends’ Events

The Friends Of Valentines Mansion have clocked up 20 years of fundraising and celebrating the preservation of Redbridge’s most beautiful community asset.

A past event, at which visitors discovered the connection between Jane Austen and Valentines.

The Mansion resumed Open Days on 24 August and we supported Mrs Inglebey’s McMillan coffee morning in September .

We celebrated our 20th Anniversary with an Open Day in February 2020. We had planned to be celebrating during the year our part in the Mansion’s past and hoped to be joined by old and new faces at events to be part of its future. It was not to be .Our May , June and July events were postponed .

OUR VALENTINES 20th Anniversary Celebration – 26 February 2020


MUSIC, MERRIMENT & MINCE PIESThursday 5 December 2019 7.30pm

Our Christmas celebration 2019 was in three contrasting parts. The ice was broken as members and their guests enjoyed drinks and nibbles in the Gallery to the accompaniment of the delightful Roding Consort of recorders.

Then it was upstairs to the Drawing Room for a recital of Christmas songs, both old and new, by the Crofton Singers. They were magnificent and this was undoubtedly a highlight of the evening.

Finally over further refreshments downstairs, and after a bit of a slow start, there was considerable amusement as participants related tales of family customs and reminisced about Christmases past. Thus we now know, for example, that one of our committee members has pork pie for breakfast on Christmas Day, whilst another remembers making paper chains out of newspaper.

The seasonal decorations at the Mansion both inside and out were absolutely beautiful and it made an even lovelier backdrop than usual for this event. Gail Ellisdon


AN EVENING WITH VIVYAN ELLACOTT – 17 October 2019, 7.30pm

It was almost standing room only at this year’s talk – ‘My life in the theatre’ by Vivyan Ellacott. And what a talk it was! Vivyan skilfully took us through his career using anecdotes about his experiences and people he met along the way.


As a boy his first love was variety, engendered by his meeting artistes from the Empire Theatre Swansea who came into his mother’s grocery store to collect their post-war rations. This led to small parts in panto and even one in Under Milk Wood where he actually had two lines.
Various short-term stage management jobs whilst an undergraduate in London and subsequent directorial and acting roles, plus stints abroad, widened his horizons and he came to appreciate all genres of theatre. Thus he was well qualified to become involved in the design of Ilford’s Kenneth More Theatre, and its first manager. His contract with the theatre, where he stayed 36 years, allowed him to freelance, and during this time he took several successful shows on tour and flirted with West End management amongst other things.


This was a thoroughly exhilarating talk, though Vivyan hit a more serious note during the Q & A session when he reflected on the future of the Kenneth More Theatre and on the lives of youngsters supported by a charity in Romania, which is now one of his main retirement interests. Special thanks must go to Vivyan for not only providing such an entertaining evening but also for donating his fee to FoVM. Gail Ellisdon


WHODUNNITS AND DOUGHNUTS – Thursday 16 May 2019, 2.30 pm

A presentation by Ian SelbyClassic Crime Writers and their Characters  After tea and cake at the Mansion, you will be involved in our very own murder mystery play… if you dare! ……….                          A packed Morning Room was the scene for the Friends’  event, Whodunnits and Doughnuts.  During the first half Ian Selby, gave an informative presentation based on a wide variety of writers of crime fiction. The Mansion felt a perfect setting for such a subject. 
Following tea and cakes in the Gallery, Ian then enticed eight members of the audience to participate in “A First Class Murder” by donning various disguises and following a script for the rest to determine the guilty party. There were gales of laughter throughout as well as a wide range of very convincing characters. Credit to the Friend who as “Rupert Carrington” managed to keep it secret in a very gentlemanly manner that he knew the murderer’s identity, having previously read that particular story!  Others too impressed with their knowledge of crime writers, but all were able to take away new facts and encouragement to pick up another good book. This was the first time the Friends have organised an event of this kind and it gave lots of ideas for the future. 

“YOUR VALENTINES” Friday 22 February 2019

No stone was left unturned at this event which was aimed at show-casing the Mansion and the Friends’ involvement in it.

From a ‘design a dinner plate’ competition for children to the proffering of Black Hamburg grapes, all aspects of the house were on display. Information boards and costumed interpreters gave a comprehensive view of the house and its restoration whilst events, visits and talks organised by the Friends and items purchased by them for the Mansion were highlighted. There was a tricky quiz about various occupants of Valentines which concentrated the minds of even the most knowledgeable amongst us and, of course, tea and cakes in the drawing room! Dozens came including the Deputy Mayor and local councillors, and all showed a keen interest in what was on offer with many avowing to join the Friends as a result of what they had experienced.