Events

There are a host of exciting events happening across the Discover Me sites throughout the year. Talks, workshops, activities, shows and more, these events range in price from a few pounds to absolutely free, so there’s something to suit every pocket.

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Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

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The Hospital Chapel of St Mary the Virgin and St Thomas of Canterbury

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Coalhouse Fort and Park

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Valentines Mansion & Gardens

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Thurrock Museum

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Wind Against Tide by Clarkson Stanfield at Thurrock Museum

Valence House Museum

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Beautiful white front of Valence House Museum

Thames Chase Forest Centre

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Thames Chase Forest Centre dominating the countryside

Rainham Hall

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The majestic facade of Rainham Hall in Havering

The Old Chapel Upminster

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Front of the Old Chapel Upminster in the sunshine

Havering Museum

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Welcoming entrance to Havering Museum on the High Street

Gin & Gingerbread at Rainham Hall

Dec 22nd to Dec 22nd Rainham Hall

Come and explore the Hall in all its festive glory and discover how homes were decorated for Christmas three-hundred years ago. Jensen’s Gin will be in-residence for the evening recreating sumptuous traditional gin recipes for you to try with a piece of gingerbread. There will also be the chance to make you own traditional decoration in our mini Christmas workshop.

Nestled in the Bermondsey railway arches, an area steeped in eighteenth century maritime history, you will find an amazing distillery. Jensen’s Gin use traditional botanicals to recreate recipes used and loved for hundreds of years. Rainham Hall and Jensen’s worked together in summer 2016 to create a fabulous evening looking at the history of Gin and this Christmas guests can explore this history even further.

There were no Christmas trees in the early eighteenth century but the Georgians loved to bring the outdoors in. Boughs of holly, ivy and rosemary would have adorned the windows of Rainham Hall during John Harle’s lifetime, and they will do once again this year. Join us at the Gin & gingerbread evening and wander the Hall with hot gin punch and admire the displays of greenery. There is even the chance to make your own miniature table decoration to display on your Christmas table at home at our decorations workshop.

It’s the perfect event to head to after a busy day of Christmas shopping. Tickets are £18 and include entry to the Hall, the workshop and one complimentary drink.

Jensen's Gin at Rainham Hall (Image Credit: National Trust / Ella Hewitt)

Jensen’s Gin at Rainham Hall (Image Credit: National Trust / Ella Hewitt)