Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Peg dolls at Valentines Mansion

Making peg dolls

We visited Valentines Mansion yesterday for their free craft session they put on for under 5’s. First time I’ve ever been there despite having lived in Ilford until I was 10yrs old and apparently it being quite a historical building (built in 1696), well who knew, not me until now. It’s a lovely place to visit. It’s still not too far away from where I live now and since I’ve been keeping an eye out for free places to go with the kids I thought we should go and check it out.
They supplied all the materials for children to make cute peg dolls and my boy really enjoyed making his. My girlie (don’t feel like I can call her ‘baby girl’ any more when she’s almost two?!), was not interested in the peg dolls but in the big pot of felt tip pens on the table, oh yes. Something that is usually swiftly moved away from her at the moment at home to avoid any un-requested furniture/wall artwork. IMG_5750
Toy kitchen

They also had a few other bits going on at the event, computer for kids to do a little quiz about the history of the mansion, dressing up bits, dolls house (replica of the mansion I think) and big old wooden toy kitchen. Lots of volunteers on hand to help out too which was great. Thought it was very well organised, well done to them.
We finished up playing in here and then had a little explore of the house, amazing rooms. It has fairly recently been refurbished I believe and it is so clean and well decorated, was good to take a look around and read a bit about the history.
The original kitchen space


Having a go at the bellows in the kitchen

Where’s CBeebies?

Loved the wallpaper in this room. It’s called ‘Broadwick Street – Green’ and it’s from Little Greene

Quite a creepy replica bedroom with four poster bed
The room may be creepy but how amazing is this wallpaper?! Looks a whole lot better up close. I would love this in my bedroom but my husband would hate it unfortunately! It is called Great Ormond Street (Parchment), again from Little Greene

Pretty amazing stained glass windows

My boy was quite freaked out by these shadows that were projected in each room! Soon got used to them though, nice feature to get you into the feel of the house and history.

A really nice venue to visit, stunning grounds too. Visit their site for more info on what’s coming up. It’s very family friendly. With helpful and welcoming staff/volunteers.
They even have baby changing facilities, hoorah!
Valentines Mansion & Gardens
Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XA,UK

Telephone number 020 8708 8100
For other events in Redbridge click here.
For Little Greene wallpaper click here.
They even have a ‘Valentines decorations guide’ the lady at front desk kindly gave me. All paint in the house is from either Farrow & Ball or Little Greene.


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