It was truly delightful to welcome visitors back, when the house reopened to the public on Sunday 24th August. The vast majority were first time visitors and it would not be untrue to say that squeals of delight were heard as discoveries of some of the house’s treasures were made!
It was clear that lockdown has brought a lot more people from the local community into the park over the past few months, including some who remembered Valentines Mansion long before its restoration and others who were simply enchanted to start their discovery of the history of this restored house.
Open Days are Sundays and Mondays and it is free to come into the house between 10.30 – 4pm.
Please be reassured that safety measures are in place for visitors, including wearing a face covering.
There are various new pieces of furniture to see and we have it on good authority that very soon there will be a new art exhibition in the freshly decorated Galleryfromresident artist Jason Rose. Watch this space!
The Friends committee have been busy continuing to research the histories of the Mansion’s former owners and look forward to sharing more of these with visitors and members. Please do think about joining us!
We also hope to have news very very soon of some events. In the meantime, we look forward to welcoming you back on Open Days.
If you want to find out about the Friends, we meet every 3rd Tuesday in the month at the Gardener’s Cottage Café from 11.00 a.m.
Changes have been put in place following lifting of strict lockdown. Outdoor seating has been put out again, spaced out to permit us to socially distance. There is no indoor seating available at the moment. The tables cater for groups of four. As we are from different households, we might meet up in groups of no more than three.
You may wish to bring your own hand sanitiser and will now need a face covering to go inside to order. There is now a cordoned-off one way queuing system and only one person allowed into the cafe at any one time.
Apart from that, it is the usual lovely atmosphere and experience, with the park and gardens looking as beautiful as ever. A good range of food and drinks is available (see above) and we look forward to seeing you if you would like to come along any time between 11.00 and midday on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.