Thursday, December 17, 2009

Santa’s Valentine

Not been to Valentines Mansion yet? Well, now’s your chance with the added bonus of a meet up with Santa.

Santa Trail & Grotto
Start at the Mansion for a 30 minute trail and finish at the Dovecote Grotto to meet Santa for a present
Sunday 20 December &
Wednesday 23 December
12 pm to 3pm

£5 per child, up to 10 years
Booking & payment in advance is essential
Bookings & enquiries: 020 8708 8100

Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Valentines Park, Emerson Rd, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XA


  1. Dear Santa,
    Do you think you could "accidentally on purpose" (with your sleigh) pull down all those ghastly parking meters in the grounds of the Mansion?

    Sometimes, after all that effort and time and money in "getting it right" this Council just blows it all up again, and gets it SO wrong!

  2. Thanks for promoting this B21. I would not have seen it otherwise. We had a Santos clan family visit with my 3 year old twin niece and nephew and had a great time both on the trail and visiting with Santa. Car parking was free as well. There were some lovely stalls and we all enjoyed a coffee and cake in the fab little cafe.

    My only gripe was this rather officious council officer who demanded to know of me and another male family member from where we had got the trail quiz sheets and clip boards and did we have children with us. Having legitimately signed in and now only holding them because my neice and nephew had just got a little bored of completing them and had galavanted slightly ahead with their grandparents I was truly affronted by the nature and force of her challenge. However I did not allow that to ruin my day - though I did take the officers name and will be complaining. I do have to say that the other staff were incredibly friendly and helpful.

    In conclusion thanks for promoting this event and encourgaing people to visit the Mansion. The Council also need to be commended for this idea bringing more people to Valentine's Mansion. The Mansion and its grounds are a very special place in Redbridge and I am looking forward to many return visits over the year.

    Mark Santos

  3. Parkingcharge is supposed to be to put off commuters,debates on costs for parking are still on going but look cheap for first hour and costly for later. One of council officers had idea for Santa - (she worked at Hainult Forest), but paths around Mansion were evil on Sunday and people were told not to walk on the grass.

  4. Memories! In France, in town parks, everywhere you can see warnings: Defence de marcher sur l'herbe.
    I remember Monsieur Sevant being totally bewildered by that. Why on earth have grass if not to walk on it?
    Perhaps the protective council employee is of French origin!
    To be fair, walking on frozen grass is not going to do it a lot of good but it would recover.