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Introducing Boot Camp Lite and Buggy Fitness with Active Parks

You can now join our Boot Camp Lite sessions on Sundays and Buggy Fitness sessions on Thursdays at Valentines Park as part of our new outdoor pay as you go fitness programme; Active ParksFind out more and get involved!

How to find Valentines ParkValentines Park

See Valentines Park on our map 
Main entrance on Cranbrook Road, Ilford IG1 4LF
Vehicle entrance Melbourne Road, Perth Road and Cranbrook Road

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

FacilitiesPicture of a valentine garden

  • Bandstand 
  • Basketball Court
  • Bowling Green
  • Valentines Park Cafe by the bandstand 
  • Gardener's Cottage Cafe by the Mansion 
  • Cricket pitch for hire
  • Diverse tree collection including a 300 year old field Maple
  • Guided tours
  • Lake (Rowing boats for hire)
  • Nature/wetland
  • Ornamental Gardens and Flower beds
  • Outdoor gym
  • Play tennis for free
  • Public Toilets
  • Spring and Summer flowering meadows
  • Two Children's Play Areas

Features of historical and environmental interest

  • the Heritage Lottery funded restored Valentines Mansion and Gardens
  • prestigious mature trees
  • ecologically important water bodies
  • 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. 

Green flag award logoPeople's Choice Award - Top Ten Winner

Once again our premier park reached the top ten, out of 1582 green spaces, Valentines Park was voted 6th in the country and 3rd in London in the People's Choice Award 2015

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who voted and supported our parks. Voting will open again for 2016 from 1 September so remember to vote for us again.

Photo: ilford recorderMulti-Use Games Area 

The Multi-Use Games Area in Valentines Park includes two multi goals for basketball and football and is adjacent to the Perth Road car park entrance. The installation was part funded by the Football Foundation and Redbridge Council’s Olympic Legacy Fund. 

Photo of former West Ham and Everton striker Tony Cottee opening the new Multi-Use Games Area. Courtesy of the Ilford Recorder.

Get Involved in our Parks and Open Spaces

Opening times

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.

Parking Charges

Pay and display car parking charges apply:

  • Up to 1 hour - 70p
  • 1-2 hours - £1.30
  • All day - £3.00

History of Valentines Parkvalentines mansion

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 trunk road.

If you have any further enquiries please contact Parks Development Team.

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