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Genealogy Workshop


Constructing Family History: A Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Interpretive Centre
Cost: Free

Registration Required | Registration Policy

Have you ever wanted to learn more about your family history? Take part this two day workshop at Eldon House capturing a wealth of knowledge from the Ontario Genealogical Society, The London Room, The Western University Libraries, experts on the Harris Family archives and local author and historian Elaine Cougler. Refreshments will be served on both days. Registration required.

Download Workshop Program for more details by clicking here

Clean and Green


London Clean and Green

Saturday April 22
12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Eldon House Grounds
Cost: Free

Free Event

Come help clean the grounds of London’s oldest house and participate in this London wide volunteer initiative to keep London clean and green! Equipment and refreshment provided.

Mother’s Day Workshop


Seasonal Hanging Basket Workshop

Sunday, April 23
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Interpretive Centre
Cost: $35.00 + HST PER PERSON (Additional basket $20.00 + HST)

Registration Required | Registration Policy

Join us to create beautiful hanging baskets in time for Mother’s Day. Come alone, with children (maximum 2 per adult) to create your hanging baskets using spikes, petunias, gerber daisies and other seasonal selections all supplied by Eldon House. Once created these beautiful baskets may be taken home or will be lovingly tended and cared for in our greenhouse until your pick on May 13, 2017.

Mother’s Day Tea


Mother's Day Tea

Sunday, May 14
12:30 and 3:00 p.m. Seating.
Interpretive Centre
Cost: ADULTS $30.98 + HST CHILDREN $17.70 + HST

Registration Required | Registration Policy

Experience an afternoon tea and an abundant menu of savouries and sweets as you listen to live entertainment and spend a delightful afternoon with your mother. By reservation only.

Workshop Festival


Workshop Festival

Tuesday May 16 through Saturday May 20
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Eldon House and Fanshawe Pioneer Village
Cost: $26.55 + HST Per workshop

Registration Required | Registration Policy

Participate in a five day workshop festival at Eldon House and Fanshawe Pioneer Village offering classes in card making dying, antiques, fortune telling, and parlour games. Register here or visit www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca.  

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Workshop Festival: The “Etiquette” of Calling Cards


The "Etiquette" of Calling Cards

Tuesday, May 16
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Fanshawe Pioneer Village
Cost: $26.55 + HST per person

Registration Required | Registration Policy

Discover the intricate etiquette of calling cards!  Manners and social calls were an important part of the Victorian era, and little things could tell you a lot.  Visit Peel house, and use the proof press at our Free Press building to print a simple calling card.  Then head to the Spriet Family Visitor Centre to create your own inked watercolour calling card. Note: Because of light restrictions please be sure to arrive by 6:20 as the group will be leaving the meeting area at 6:30. To register, visit fanshawepioneervillage.ca.

Workshop Festival: Dive into Dying


Dive into Dying

Wednesday. May 17
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Fanshawe Pioneer Village
Cost: $26.55 + HST per person

Registration Required | Registration Policy

Experience Elgie Log House by fire light as you learn about the art of dying wool and fabric.  Find out how to make a mordant and dye bath in your own home so you can dye your own projects using things from the world around you.  Create something to take home with you. To register, visit fanshawepioneervillage.ca.

Workshop Festival: Antiques and Appraisals


Antiques and Appraisals

Thursday, May 18
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Eldon House Interpretive Centre
Cost: $26.55 + HST

Registration Required | Registration Policy

Bring your treasures to share with others and receive an assessment of your items from professional appraiser Grant Gardner of Gardner Galleries. The evening will include a guided tour of Eldon House highlighting the most valued and rare items in the Eldon House collection, appraised by Gardner himself. Refreshments will be served. Note: Guests are limited to 3 items of silver, china, glass, collectibles, and small paintings. Assessment values are opinion only.

Workshop Festival: Tea Leaves, Tarot Cards and the Occult


Tea Leaves, Tarot Cards and the Occult

Friday, May 19
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Eldon House Interpretive Centre
Cost: $26.55 + HST

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Join instructor Caroline Whitehead and learn about the Victorian fascination with fortune-telling and the occult. Guests will learn the art of tarot card reading as well as tea leaf reading and palmistry and will be invited to practice their new skills with one another, and view demonstrations from a practicing expert.

Workshop Festival: Parlour Games


Parlour Games

Saturday, May 20
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Eldon House Interpretive Centre
Cost: $26.55 + HST

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Join us for a night of fun and parlour games in our Interpretive Centre. Guests will receive instruction and enjoy popular games from the Victorian era, including some Harris family favourites like Whist and Cribbage as well as crokinole, dominoes and more. Refreshment will be served. This event will be licensed.

Victoria Day at Fanshawe Pioneer Village


Queen Victoria's Birthday and Garden Party

MONDAY, MAY 23
DROP IN 1:00 TO 4:00 P.M.
Fanshawe Pioneer Village
Cost: General Admission

Drop in & Pay

Eldon House is hosting a garden tea party at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. Meet the Harris’ and find out how this prominent upper class family celebrated the Queen’s Birthday 150 years ago.

Lemon Party


Lemon Party

SATURDAY, July 29
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Eldon House Grounds
Cost: $35.00 + HST PER PERSON

Registration Required | Registration Policy

A Harris family theme party tradition brought back from the 1920’s where everything is lemon-yellow including drinks, food and costume. Guests are invited to dress the part while they sip cocktails, taste hors d’oeuvres and dance to jazz and ragtime music on the beautiful lawns of Eldon House and this fundraiser event. This event will be licenced. Registration required.

Kids’ First Day


Kids' First Day

Friday June 9
Drop in between 1:00 and 4:00pm

Cost: FREE

Free Event

Children learn and have fun while they explore Eldon House with a scavenger hunt and engage in a variety of activities, historical games and crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Kids First Day, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Forest City London, is a celebration of all the wonderful opportunities available to London families and the committed people, businesses and organizations that make this city great. www.investinginchildren.on.ca

Strawberry Tea


Strawberry Tea

SUNDAY, JUNE 18
SEATINGS AT 12:30 AND 3:00 P.M.

Cost: ADULTS $30.98 + HST, CHILDREN $17.70 + HST

Registration Required | Registration Policy

Join us for our annual “Strawberry Social,” celebrating the coming of summer’s harvest. Tea with savouries, sweets, and Strawberry shortcake will be served on the beautiful lawn of Eldon House, weather permitting.

Canada Day Celebration


Confederation Party

SATURDAY, JULY 1
Drop in between 2:00 and 9:00 P.M.
Eldon House Grounds
Cost: Free

Free Event

Come to our celebration of the nation! In honour of the 150th Anniversary of Canada, Eldon House invites you to party like it’s 1867, 1917 and 1967! Enjoy tours of historic Eldon House, carnival games on the grounds as well as music and historically themed performances directed by Adam Corrigan Holowitz. Meet key figures in Canadian and London history and join Steve Holowitz and friends for a special musical feature. This event will be licenced between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m.

Teddy Bear Picnic


Teddy Bear Picnic

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5
DROP IN BETWEEN 12:00 AND 4:00 P.M.

Cost: $6.00 (INCL. HST) PER PERSON.

Registration Required | Registration Policy

Bring your favourite stuffed friend for an afternoon of fun at Eldon House! Tour the house to find hidden Teddy Bears and join us for lemonade and cookies, historical games and crafts, a puppet show, Victorian dress up and much more on the beautiful grounds of the museum. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday Evening Tours


Thursday Evening Tours

Thursdays, September through October
5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $5.00 (incl. HST) per person

Registration Required | Registration Policy

On Thursday evenings in fall, enjoy a 40-minute guided tour of Eldon House with a costumed Historical Interpreter who will provide an in-depth history of the house and the Harris family who lived here. Registration is required.

Behind The Ropes Tour


Behind The Ropes Tour

SATURDAY, September 2
10:00 A.M. TO 12:00 P.M.

Cost: $17.70 + HST PER PERSON.

Registration Required | Registration Policy

Explore rarely seen sections of Eldon House and its carriage house to discover an astonishing variety of curiosities that will amaze and delight. Participants will be guided through “nooks and crannies” including attics and cellars by an expert Historical Interpreter. Refreshments will be served after the tour.

Dance at Eldon House: London Culture Days


Dance at Eldon House: London Culture Days

SATURDAY, September 30 and Sunday October 1
10:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

Cost: Free

Free Event

Come celebrate Culture Days and dance on the grounds of London’s oldest home! Dance performance and workshop schedules feature, Salsa, East Indian Classical, Modern Dance and Historical Dance including a children’s workshop by Fanshawe Pioneer Village.

London Murders


London Murders: Part I

Thursday, October 26
7:00 p.m.
Interpretive Centre
Cost: By Donation

Registration Required | Registration Policy

Starting in 1855 when the London Police Force was formed, crime historian John Lisowski shares his research findings on murders in London.  Murders were few in the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, but as London’s population grew, so did the number of murders.  This will be the first of a chilling talk series about over 100 murders in London’s history.