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Parterre on a frosty morning
Posted 24 December 2019

Behind the scenes

2019 in numbers

It’s been another busy year here at Waddesdon, and we want to share some of our highlights with you. We hope you’ll join us in 2020 for many more exciting events.

As the garden wakes from its winter sleep in early 2020, see over 200,000 new bulbs flower for the first time. 120,000 snowdrops, 32,000 tulips, 25,000 crocus and many more bulbs were planted in 2019 by Waddesdon’s gardeners, volunteers and schools.

Snowdrops at Waddesdon
Snowdrops at Waddesdon

This year’s ‘Brought to Life: Eliot Hodgkin Rediscovered’ exhibition, featured over 100 pieces by British artist, Eliot Hodgkin, and was enjoyed by 30,000 visitors. This makes it the second-most-visited exhibition in the Coach House Gallery ever.

Painting of One Lemon Quartered by Eliot Hodgkin
Painting of One Lemon Quartered by Eliot Hodgkin

We welcomed a very ‘eggciting’ delivery of 5760 chocolate eggs this Easter, and with ‘eggceptional’ speed our crew managed to move every egg from the delivery van in just 11 minutes (and got their daily eggercise in the process!).

Easter egg delivery

2019 was also a record year for the breeding of the critically endangered Rothschild’s mynah. In June we shared the news that three chicks had recently fledged, as part of EAZA’s breeding project. Otherwise known as the ‘Silent Forest’ campaign, it looks to reintroduce captive populations into the wild to help booster population numbers. Find out more> 

A Rothschild mynah bird
A Rothschild’s myna bird

The Bullzini family defied gravity with an awe-inspiring performance eight metres above the ground at Summer Fest.

The Bullzini Family at Summer Fest 2019
The Bullzini Family at Summer Fest 2019

In September we opened the Rothschild Treasury, a new permanent gallery housing more than 300 pieces. The display celebrates the Rothschild family as collectors of extraordinary objects, and many of these are on display for the first time.

A Rothschild Treasury
A Rothschild Treasury

76 weddings took place across Waddesdon, the Dairy and the Five Arrows Hotel.

Weddings at Waddesdon
Weddings at Waddesdon

12,000 scones were enjoyed by visitors as part of delicious cream teas. All of our scones are now made using flour from the Waddesdon Estate, meaning food miles are a number we don’t have to worry about!

Scones made from Waddesdon Estate Flour

More than 100 staff and volunteers walked, baked and tasted to support the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, Waddesdon’s Charity of the Year. Find out more> 

The Great Waddesdon Bake Off

This Christmas, inspired by the carol ‘I saw three ships’, we have displayed the three Sèvres ship vases in Waddesdon’s collection together for the first time. Find out more>

The White Drawing Room (c) Mike Fear

Thank you for supporting us this year. We look forward to welcoming you back to Waddesdon in 2020, when you can look forward to all of this>