Panorama of visitors on the parterre
Posted 18 December 2017

Behind the scenes

Waddesdon: A year in the life

As 2017 comes to an end, we look back at some of the highlights of this year at Waddesdon. We hope you'll join us for more in 2018!

Forty-three chicks were bred in the Aviary, including this little Rothschild peacock-pheasant.

Rothschild peacock-pheasant chick at Waddesdon Manor

Our exhibitions, including Creatures & Creations which was inspired by Walter Rothschild’s fascination for natural history, were seen by over 196,000 people.

Walter Rothschild riding a tortoise and wearing a top hat

Our younger visitors completed 3,096 Creatures of the Night trails over October half-term.


Two newly attributed Hilliards were displayed in the Red Ante Room as part of our Power & Portraiture exhibition.

Rothschild Hilliards in the conservation studio at Hamilton Kerr Institute

Visitors spent over 23 hours tasting Rothschild wines.

Wine tasting

Our gardeners planted 225,000 plants and bulbs in our gardens. In the picture below, the gardeners are planting the ornamental spring bedding.

Gardeners at work

We served 7,036 delicious Afternoon Teas created by our skilled team of pastry chefs.

We welcomed over 80 school groups.

work with us intern education

You watched over 5,500 hours of our videos on Youtube.

Screenshot of video on Red Drawing Room

On average, our volunteers gave 706 hours of their time each week in 2017.

Group of volunteers standing in front of Waddesdon Manor

We hosted 90 weddings at the Five Arrows Hotel and the Dairy.

Wedding couple in Waddesdon Manor parterre

It took two conservation assistants two whole days to clean the chandelier in the Breakfast Room.

Breakfast Room

We welcomed dogs into the grounds for the first time.

We launched a variety of exciting new digital content, including interactive trails and virtual reality experiences.

Pulham Rockwork interactive map

What will happen next year? You’ll need to visit us to find out!