The Rothschild Foundation is sad to announce the death of its Chairman, Lord Rothschild, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and cultural leader, who made a profound difference to many areas of British life.

He led, amongst other institutions, the National Gallery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the family’s flagship, Waddesdon Manor. He supported many causes, some close to his home in Buckinghamshire, others as far afield as Israel, Albania, Greece and the United States. He was committed to helping communities, the environment, education and above all, the arts. His exemplary service to his country was recognised on several occasions, with a GBE, a CVO and as a member of the Order of Merit.

Jacob Rothschild was an extraordinary person, and his loss will be felt by many. The family is committed to continuing his legacy and the foundation which he loved and endowed. His daughter Hannah assumes the role of Chair of the Rothschild Foundation.

We will all be inspired by his vision, ambition, and his commitment to excellence.

Posted 8 July 2022

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Perfect picnic spots

With plenty of room in the grounds and many idyllic spots to enjoy an al fresco lunch, here are some top places to spread out a blanket.

Pick a quiet spot, pack a blanket and bring your own food to enjoy as a picnic in the gardens. Alternatively why not pre-book one our delicious picnic boxes to collect once you arrive or grab something from our food to go outlets. With a tempting selection of cakes and bakes, sandwiches and drinks in environmentally friendly disposable cups, there is plenty on offer to enjoy with your friends and family.

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Here are some of our top spots to relax with your tasty treats…

Mother and daughter on the lawn in front of the Aviary
Aviary Glade

This peaceful area features some of our summer bedding plants as well as plenty of trees for shady spots. Being close to the Aviary you can also listen out for the sounds of some of our rare and endangered birds housed in our registered zoo.

Find out more about Waddesdon’s Aviary>


Visitors on the Baron's Walk

Baron’s Walk

If you’re looking for a quiet place to lay your blanket then this is the spot for you. Take in the sweeping views of the Aylesbury Vale or if you prefer the shade then enjoy hidden glades with plenty of tree cover.


Three visitors enjoying a picnic on the lawn in front of Waddesdon Manor

Grassed areas by the Parterre

Sitting here offers you some beautiful views of the Buckinghamshire countryside whilst you enjoy your picnic. There are a number of magnificent trees should you need some shade as well as plenty of open space for children to run around and explore.

You can also find a number of picnic benches near the South Terrace, which overlooks the Parterre.


The Stables Courtyard

Near to our funtastic Woodland Playground, the Stables Courtyard offers outdoor seating and is the focus of many family visits. It is also within easy access to the The Treaterie for ice creams, hot drinks or those last minute lunch purchases.

Find out more about the Stables >

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