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Posted 26 January 2021

Behind the scenes

Thank you for your support

Despite the past year being a difficult one for everyone, we've been very grateful for your continued support. From buying something from our online shop to reading our blog, you've helped protect our legacy for future generations. 

Here are just some of the ways in which you have helped us through this past year and continue to support us…

A red wine bottle being wrapped in the shop

3,650 online shop orders

With all profits going to the upkeep of Waddesdon, its gardens and collections we’re grateful for every order. Our bestsellers were Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc and Aguaribay Malbec.

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South Fountain sculptures in the Parterre with spring blooms

13,800 explored the gardens online

From online sculpture and tree trails, to short films and blog posts many of you enjoyed Waddesdon’s beautiful gardens from the comfort of your home.

Discover the gardens online>

Over 15,000 watched our lockdown diaries

While we were closed our collections and gardens staff gave us a peek behind the scenes in lockdown in a series of videos.

Watch the lockdown videos here>

Roses from my Garden exhibition
Nick Knight, Sunday 6th September, 2015 (detail)

17,500 visited our Nick Knight exhibition

In the months we were able to open, thousands of you enjoyed this exquisite exhibition of roses by British fashion photographer, Nick Knight.

Read more about Nick Knight’s Roses>

Aviary mynah birds

Six Fischer’s turaco chicks born

Throughout the year, the Aviary team continued to work onsite to care for the birds. Your support allowed them to continue vital conservation work and they successfully bred six Fischer’s turaco chicks, a threatened species.

Discover more about the Aviary>

Red Drawing Room

20,000 took a virtual tour

Despite having the House closed for most of 2020, over 20,000 of you took a closer look at some of our rooms and collections with our 360 tours.

Take a virtual tour>

The Aviary in spring time

1,000 enjoyed a beautiful backdrop

Many of you added a little Waddesdon glamour to your virtual meetings and calls with some of our favourite interiors, garden views and paintings.

See beautiful backdrops>


And we were delighted to play our part to help…

Waddesdon chefs packing up food ready for delivery

Waddesdon chefs packing up food ready for delivery

7,332 meals delivered to the local community

The Rothschild Foundation funded a scheme working with local organisation Aspire and the local Waddesdon Community Group to provide meals for students and local residents shielding, cooked by Waddesdon’s chefs.

Read more about the scheme>

Unused Easter Eggs

1,000 chocolate eggs donated

When we closed last spring we found ourselves with quite a few chocolate eggs to spare. We were delighted to deliver 900 Easter eggs to Aylesbury Food Bank, and ten boxes to John Radcliffe and Stoke Mandeville hospitals.

Stables Café homemade beef burgers

6kg turkey and 100 burgers donated

Having found ourselves unexpectedly closed just before Christmas, we were delighted to donate some much-needed food, sandwich fillings and frozen foods from our catering outlets to Aylesbury Vineyard foodbank.

Among the donated foods were:
20L egg mayonnaise
10L beetroot hummus
4 wheels of brie
6kg sliced turkey
60L tomato soup
10 packs of little gem
100 frozen burgers
150 portions of plaice in breadcrumbs