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Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure are pleased to announce that Valentines Park along with five other green spaces within Redbridge has retained Green Flag Status for 2014/15.  This also means that that our six best green spaces within Redbridge including Valnetines Park have gained automatic entry into the People's Choice Awards, two years running Valentines Park has made it to the top ten, with your votes we would like the number one slot. Online voting opens 1 September, vote by visiting the Green Flag website with hope for your favourite park!

The park contains many features of historical and environmental interest such as:

  • the recently Heritage Lottery funded restored Mansion and Gardens
  • 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, diversity of habitats. 

                                                                                                                                             
How to find Valentines ParkValentines Park

Valentines Park on our map
Main entrance on Cranbrook Road, Ilford
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

  • Outdoor Theatre - The Hunters Grimm performed by Teatro Vivo 31 July-2 Aug
  • Running - every Saturday 5km timed run for adults and children 8 yrs+
  • Walking - Organised walks part of Walking to 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  
  • Valentines Mansion and Gardens, see what events and activities we have coming up!
  • New for summer 2014 Silver Wheels Roller Disco from Monday 28 July-Sunday 31 August
  • Outdoor Gym and Circuits every Monday from 28 July-1 September 11.30am-12.30pm for 6-weeks just £25. 
  • Tennis coaching for 16 yrs plus 6 August-10 September 2pm-3pm £25 for 6 wks

Facilities

 

Good News!

The Mayor of London’s Sports Facilities Fund has confirmed Vision RCL has been successful in their application for approximately £20,000 of funding for the conversion of one of the disused tennis courts within Valentines Park (adjacent to Perth Road), which will be converted into a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA). This will include repairs to the surface and fencing where necessary, the installation of two multi goals for basketball and football, repainting of the surface with new lines and the installation of a counter to track usage.

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

From 1 October 2011 the following 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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