How to find Valentines Park
See Valentines Park on our map.
Main entrance on Cranbrook Road, Ilford
Vehicle entrance Melbourne Road, Perth Road and Cranbrook
This award-winning park is next to Valentines
Mansion & Gardens, and was once the parkland to the house. It
offers a wide range of activities for all including:
What's on in the park
Parks Week - we are hosting the launch of this national
celebration for parks on Friday 24 July from 10.30am.
- Post-natal yoga - 5 week course every Friday from 10 July 11am
to 12noon. £25 per family, call to book 020 8989 1172.
- Family Zumba - 5 week course every Friday from 31 July to
28 August, 11am-12noon. £25 per family, call to book 020 8989
- Tennis Coaching for
various ages and abilities.
- Orienteering - find a suitable
session and let the adventure begin!
- Running - every Saturday 5km timed run for adults and
children 8 yrs+
- Walking - Organised walks part of Walking for
Health or if you prefer a self guided
walk in and around the park at your own leisure. Plus our
Recovery Walk on the first Sunday of
every month at 11am and our Dementia Walk
and Talk every Thursday 11am, meet at Gardeners Cottage Cafe by
- Valentines Mansion and Gardens, see what events and
activities are coming up
- Outdoor Theatre - June to
- Family Funfairs - for times and prices see local notice
boards around the park.
Features of historical and environmental interest
- the Heritage Lottery funded restored Valentines Mansion and
- prestigious mature trees
- ecologically important water bodies and
- wide expanses of grassland.
The park is important for local people and wildlife because of
its heritage landscape, local recreational resource
and diversity of habitats.
The new Multi-Use Games Area is now open!
Former West Ham and Everton striker Tony Cottee opened the new
Multi-Use Games Area in Valentines Park on 10 April. The
facility, which has been converted from one of the park’s former
tennis courts, has been part funded by the Football Foundation and
Redbridge Council’s Olympic Legacy Fund.
The installation includes two multi goals for basketball
and football, and the repainting of the surface with new
lines. The Games area is adjacent to Perth Road car park
entrance to Valentines park. Photo courtesy of Ilford Recorder.
Valentines Park – help us reach top five
From September, people across the nation
will once again be asked to vote for their favourite park in
the UK in the People’s Choice Awards. Over 32,000 votes were cast
during the competition last year and we were
delighted that Valentines - our premier park in Redbridge
- was voted 9th for the second year running.
This year we would like to reach the top five,
once the voting is open from 1 September please vote for
Valentines! Please re-visit this page from September to cast
The park is open from 8am to dusk throughout the year.
For more details of exact closing times please download our
Parks Closing Times under related pages or alternatively
please check time boards at the entrance of each park.
Pay and display car parking charges apply:
- Up to 1 hour - 70p
- 1-2 hours - £1.30
- All day - £3.00
History of Valentines Park
The park was once the parkland of Valentines
Mansion a gentleman’s residence built in 1696. The landscape
reflects the changing tastes of the last three hundred years and
the main elements surviving today relate to the changes made to the
Mansion itself in the 1720s, the 1810s and the 1870s. During all
these periods, the house was in private ownership. The greatest
change was from 1912 when the whole estate became a public park and
began to be used by greater numbers of people than ever before.
The heritage value is of great importance in
terms of the survival of formal Rococo features in a suburban park
near the Central tube line, the M11 and the main London to Norfolk
If you have any further enquiries please contact Parks Development Team.