Waddesdon Manor

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Summer holidays

This July and August bring the whole family to enjoy the summer holidays. From our magical woodland playground, to evening cinema screenings, Big Camp to Bushcraft, we have something for everyone.

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Chilli Fest

Sat 2 & Sun 3 Sept 2017

Turn up the heat at our annual Chilli Festival taking place in the Aviary glade, with more than 65 foodie traders, live music and kids activities.

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Creatures & Creations

7 Jun-29 Oct 2017

Our major exhibition celebrates the beauty of animals, birds and insects discovered by or named after the naturalist Walter Rothschild (1868-1937).

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Power & Portraiture

7 Jun-29 Oct 2017

This special display explores how Elizabeth I and her courtiers used portraits to fashion their public image and promote themselves in a glamorous, dangerous world.

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Glorious Years: French Calendars

22 Mar-29 Oct 2017

These calendars highlight royal weddings and victorious battles. They’re a unique collection and this is the first time they’ve been seen.

Discover the exhibition
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 >

Chest of drawers with elaborate gilt-bronze mounts depicting oak branches and children reclining.

Waddesdon on Film

The different sides to Waddesdon captured on film from our aviary to French royal furniture to fine Rothschild wines.

See some of our favourites
Almanac by British artists Adam Dant

Our blog

Check out our blog for the latest news and behind-the-scenes posts from our team.

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Artisan Food Market

9 Sept, 14 Oct, 11 Nov – 10am-2pm

Support local, independent, artisan food producers at our monthly food market. This free event is held in our visitor car park.

See the Artisan Market traders