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.

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Christmas at Waddesdon

This Christmas, be spirited away to a fantastical wonderland at Waddesdon Manor, a fairy-tale château in the Chilterns. With a new festive theme in the house and new light displays and trail in the gardens to enchant and delight, enjoy a perfect family day out.

Wed-Sun, 22 Nov 2023 – 1 Jan 2024

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Once upon a time at Waddesdon...

Step inside the house festively decorated with twinkling lights, mesmerising installations and immersive soundscapes inspired by three classic childhood tales, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and The Snow Queen. As dusk falls see the Manor’s extraordinary façade illuminated with spellbinding animated projections, new for 2023 and created by artist Jamie Shiels who has worked on projects at Buckingham Palace, The National Gallery and the London Olympics.

Light trail

As the sun goes down, follow a new light trail through the Pleasure Grounds with new installations, playful interactive elements and seasonal favourites. As music fills the air, walk beneath a glowing canopy of orbs, see twinkling starbursts and spot larger-than-life 3D birds lit with fairy lights. At the Stables, find The Lights that Dance in the Night, a new exhibition featuring displays by local schools.

Christmas Fair (until 17 Dec) & Food Village

Browse over 80 hand-selected stalls at our Christmas market, housed in charming wooden chalets and surrounded by twinkling trees. Grab a festive bite to eat from the Food Village and enjoy a warming hot chocolate or mulled wine.

Festive afternoon tea

Indulge with a decadent afternoon tea in the Manor Restaurant, filled with seasonal treats and handmade by our chefs.

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Pre-booking is essential for all visitors to the grounds and house, including National Trust members and an admission fee applies to all bookings.

Please book carefully, tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded.

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