A week in the life of a work experience student

What a week… Last Monday was the day I finally started my work experience placement, in Valentines Park. I always dreaded work experience after my past experience and hearing stories about how I would just be sitting around waiting on staff and providing them with the occasional beverage; but how wrong I was. Day 1 …

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Can you make a difference to Valentines Mansion?

Valentines Mansion & Gardens in Ilford is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us to create a truly memorable experience for visitors on our open days.  Working within this wonderful Georgian Mansion, dating back to 1696, you will be surrounded by many stories and an ever-changing architectural gem.  This would suit anyone with an interest …

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The Gardens Of Valentines Mansion Inspires Children To Design Their Own Crockery

From the small to the tall, from the greens to the blues and the buzzing of the bees and crawling of all kinds of bugs, the magical gardens of Valentines Mansion is home to many beautiful creatures and plants. I went along to the mansion’s creative crockery session to see how the children were going …

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The Hunters Grimm – immerse yourself into a world of fantasy!

I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for when I joined the audience of The Hunters Grimm promenade performance in Valentines Park today, but boy was it fun, I didn’t stop smiling (even when I should have been sad!!)Our hosts, Dot and the Brothers Grimm wanted us to help them in their quest …

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The Very Successful Labyrinth Theatre Festival Ends With A Magical Performance Of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Picnic baskets, blankets and brollies were out in full force on Sunday evening as an audience gathered in the beautiful gardens of Valentines Mansion, awaiting Oddsocks’ 25th anniversary performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I had barely entered the gates of Valentines Park, yet it was instantly clear to me that spirits had not been …

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Don’t miss the Redbridge Green Fair this Sunday!

Held once every 2 years, The Redbridge Green Fair is a large, vibrant, inclusive community festival with a “green” theme that raises public awareness of environmental issues and brings the community and businesses together in Valentines Park, Ilford. This year the Green Fair takes place on Sunday 25 May from 11.30am to 7pm in Melbourne Field, Valentines …

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Coming Soon… A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Sunday 29 June, 6pm Oddsocks return in their 25th Anniversary year with another high-energy, feel-good, family theatre show and this summer it’s the magical, spectacular “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, performed with live music, exhilarating circus skills and some outrageous hunting dogs! Four lovers run-off to the countryside where mysterious woodland creatures …

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Valentines Mansion shares the love with its relaxed approach to re-opening!

Valentines Mansion re-opened its doors to the public on Sunday, offering a range of ways to treat your mind, body and soul! Just what was needed after days of horrible weather that made you want to hide under the covers! Finally, a bit of a break! I ditched my umbrella and embraced the good weather …

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