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Family Day at Eldon House


Family Day at Eldon House

Monday, February 19
Drop in between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Eldon House and Interpretive Centre
Cost: $10.00 (incl. HST) per person or $30.00 for families (up to 5 in a family).

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Looking for a family outing to celebrate Family Day? Tour Eldon House and enjoy hands-on activities for children and adults in our Interpretive Centre. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in or register.  

Tea and Paint


Tea and Paint

Saturday, March 3
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Interpretive Centre
Cost: Cost: $40 + HST per person, including all materials.

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Embrace your artistic side with Sarah Cowling by creating a landscape painting while you sip tea and nibble treats in our Interpretive Centre. Designed for beginner to intermediate painters, this afternoon is fun for the whole family! While your canvas dries, join us for a tour of Eldon House, focusing on the many historic paintings belonging to the Harris family. Wear old clothing in case it gets messy. Suitable for ages 12 and up.

Women’s Series


Indigenous Women’s Stories and Experiences in Canada

Sunday, March 4
2:00 p.m.
Interpretive Centre
Cost: $6.00 + HST per person

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Indigenous women face many complex issues stemming from the patriarchal nature of colonialism in Canada. For example, Indigenous women were excluded from the women’s suffragette movement in Canada and did not gain the right to vote (along with Indigenous men) until 1960. Indigenous women have also struggled with gender discrimination in Canada’s Indian Act legislation, which has prevented them from taking on leadership roles, infringed on their Treaty Rights and abilities to pass on “Indian Status” to their children. As a result of the oppressive colonial history, many Indigenous women have a fraught relationship with feminism, and do not necessarily all identify as feminists. While their stories have been unfairly excluded from the dominant narrative, Indigenous women’s stories are powerfully rooted in their lived experiences, communities, teachings and connections to land.

Join Indigenous scholar, Candace Brunette (Mushkego Cree) as she leads a panel of local Indigenous women in the discussion of Indigenous women’s stories and experiences in Canada. Panelists include: former Chief of the Chippewa’s of the Thames First Nation, Leslie Whiteye (Anishnawbe), Elder, Liz Akiwenzie (Anishnawbe/Oneida), and Professor, Lina Yeliwi:saks (Gathering Stories) Sunseri (Oneida). Along with Sisters of All Nations – an Indigenous women’s drum group who will begin and end the panel with a traditional song. 

Art credit Amanda Myers

Women’s Series


Breaking Barriers in Medicine: Doctors Emily Stowe, Jenny Trout, Augusta Stowe, and Elizabeth Bagshaw

Sunday, April 15
2:00 p.m.
Eldon House Interpretive Centre
Cost: $6.00 (+ HST) PER PERSON.

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Looking at today’s graduating physicians, it is hard to imagine how difficult it was for Canadian women to enter the medical field. Re-enactor Joanne Lubansky Johns and educator Jean Hewitt will look at Canada’s first female doctors.  In addition, Nancy Johnson of Lockwood Films will share the award winning film, Doctor Woman: Life and Times of Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw, a documentary which chronicles the life of a pioneering woman in medicine who challenged the system.   (This presentation includes a 25 min film)  

Clean and Green


Clean and Green

Saturday April 21
12:00 TO 4:00 P.M.
Eldon House Grounds
Cost:

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!

Women’s Series


The Famous Five: Canadian Women Who Fought for Seats in Parliament and the Senate

Sunday, May 6
2:00 p.m.
Eldon House Interpretive Centre
Cost: $8.00 + HST per person.

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Join us for two performance pieces featuring the five Alberta women whose tireless work won Canadian women the vote in 1918 and the right to sit in the Senate in 1929. Within this small group, we have our first woman judge, first woman to sit in a legislature, first woman to sit in a government cabinet, a famous author and founder of the Victorian Order of Nurses.

Mother’s Day Tea


Mother's Day Tea

Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13
1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Seating
Eldon House Interpretive Centre
Cost: Adults $34.95 + HST, $24.95 + HST for children under 12.

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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.

Behind the Ropes Tour


Behind The Ropes Tour

Saturdays, June 2, and September 8
10:00 A.M. TO 12:00 P.M.
Eldon House and Interpretive Centre
Cost: $20.00 + HST PER PERSON.

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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. Registration is required.

Garden Tours


Garden Tours

Sundays in June
1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Eldon House Grounds
Cost: $6.00 (+ HST) PER PERSON.

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Join a historical interpreter for a guided tour of the Eldon House grounds. View the extensive gardens of the site and imagine the extent of the original property; from the house, down once-manicured walking terraces, to what is now Harris Park.  Drop in or register.  

 

Kids First Day


Kids First Day

Friday, June 8
Drop in between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Eldon House
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. 

Strawberry Tea


Strawberry Tea

Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17
1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Seating.
Eldon House Grounds
Cost: Adults $34.95 + HST, $24.95 + HST for children under 12.

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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. By reservation only. 

 

Canada Day Celebration


Canada Day Carnival

Sunday, JULY 1
Drop in between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Eldon House Grounds
Cost: Free

Free Event

 

Celebrate Canada’s birthday with Eldon House!  Enjoy an old fashioned carnival on the grounds with historical games, carnival food and entertainment.  Cake and lemonade served at 2:00 p.m.

 

Lemon-Yellow Party


Lemon-Yellow Party

Saturday, June 23
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Eldon House Grounds
Cost: $59.95 + HST per person

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This Harris family theme party tradition is being brought back from the 1920’s for the first time 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 for this fundraiser event.  This event will have a cash bar.  Registration is required.  Ticket includes one complimentary drink upon arrival.

Teddy Bear Picnic


Teddy Bear Picnic

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
DROP IN BETWEEN 12:00 AND 4:00 P.M.
Eldon House Grounds
Cost: $10.00 (incl. HST) per person or $30.00 for families (up to 5 in a family).

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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.  Drop in or register.  

Saturday Strolls


Saturday Strolls

Saturdays in August and September
10:00 A.m.
Eldon House and surrounding area
Cost: $10.00 + HST for adults, free for children under 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Experience the historic neighborhood known by the Harris family and explore interesting architecture, river patterns, land uses, and discuss historic events on a 90 minute walking tour. 

 

 

The Great Eldon House Ghost Hunt


The Great Eldon House Ghost Hunt

Fridays and Saturdays in October
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Eldon House
Cost: $19.50 + HST PER PERSON

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Visit London’s oldest house rumoured to have ghosts and learn about the real ghost stories of Eldon House during this one-hour guided tour.  Fun for the whole family! Must register for tour time in advance (tours offered every 20 minutes).

Occult Workshop Series


Occult Workshop Series

Sundays in October
7:00 p.m.
Eldon House Interpretive Centre
Cost: $65.00 + HST for the whole series, or $25.00 + HST per workshop. Individual workshop registration is below.

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Learn about the Victorian fascination with the occult including explorations of the supernatural, fortune telling and parlour magic.

Scroll down to view workshops.  If you wish to register for workshops individually, rather than the whole series you may click on individual registration buttons.  

Occult Workshop


Spiritualism and Psychical Research: Victorian Ghost Stories and the Eldon House Ghost

Sunday, October 7
7:00 p.m.
Eldon House Interpretive Centre
Cost: Cost: $25.00 + HST per person or $65.00 + HST for the series.

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More information coming soon.  

Occult Workshop


Tea and Tasseomancy: An Exploration in Fortune-telling in the 19th Century

Sunday, October 14
7:00 p.m.
Eldon House Interpretive Centre
Cost: Cost: $25.00 + HST per person or $65.00 + HST for the series.

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Enjoy discussions on the history and health benefits of tea lead by instructor Caroline Whitehead and practice the art of tea leaf reading, a popular pastime in Victorian society.

Caroline Whitehead is a professional tarot consultant here in London.  She is also a tea enthusiast, and has been practicing tasseomancy for close to ten years.

To register for the full series, click here.  

Occult Workshop


From Fair to Foul: The Twisted Transitions of Magic and Magicians in the 19th Century

Sunday, October 21
7:00 p.m.
Eldon House Interpretive Centre
Cost: Cost: $25.00 + HST per person or $65.00 + HST for the series. 

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Join Corbin on a 100 year journey that will make you see magicians in a whole new light. Starting with magic’s humble beginnings at European fairs and markets to the Victorian Parlours of high society and finally to shows traveling across North America where magician’s often mounted an attack on spiritualists and the supernatural. During this lecture you will learn magicians have some secrets they want to share!

The Amazing Corbin a.k.a. Mike Fisher is a professional full time magician, a magic historian and the president of the London Ontario magician’s guild. Mr. Fisher has been performing and studying magic most his life and presents an enjoyable, magical and often humorous talk. You can find him on the web at www.CharmingCheat.ca or www.AmazingCorbin.com