Waddesdon Manor

Children running through the daffodils

Easter

31 Mar-17 April 2017, 10am-5pm

Spring is a special time at Waddesdon as the gardens come into bloom, the house re-opens with new exhibitions and we have family fun activities over the Easter holidays.

Enjoy Easter at Waddesdon

Artisan Food Market

Sat 8 Apr (then 2nd Sat of each month, May-Nov 2017) 10am-2pm

Offering the very best in quality, fresh, seasonal produce all locally sourced. Our new Artisan Market aims to support nearby, small-scale, independent farmers and food producers.

Meet the Artisan Market traders
Visitors at the Aviary

Aviary

Our Aviary is full of rare and endangered exotic birds. Beautifully restored in 2003, discover the birds it houses and the work we do as a registered zoo. Make it part of your visit.

Discover the Aviary

Tour de France Dinner

Sat 15 Apr, 7.30-11.30pm
A wonderful opportunity to go on a gastronomic tour of the most celebrated regions of France. Starting in the Wine Cellars with Champagne and canapés. Followed by a regional six course tasting menu in the Manor Restaurant with carefully paired wines.

Find out more
Cadbury Egg Hunt at the National Trust logo

Cadbury Egg Hunt

Fri 14 – Mon 17 Apr 2017
10am-4pm
Join us for a fun-filled egg hunt around the grounds. There are trails for different ages, so follow the clues to claim your chocolate prize.

More about the egg hunt

Putting the house to bed video

In winter we ‘put the house to bed’ and the rooms are closed for deep cleaning and conservation. The statues in the grounds are wrapped to prevent frost damage. See what’s involved in our winter clean.
The house reopens on 22 March.

Caring for the house & collection >

Elephant Automaton

Musical elephant

The elephant automaton was one of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild’s most admired treasures. It was mentioned in a local newspaper report of 1889 describing the visit of the Shah of Persia, who asked to see the mechanism perform again and again.

Watch the elephant in action >