Christmas trees on the North Front

Groups & Schools

Groups at Christmas 2018

Christmas is always a special time of year at Waddesdon and the perfect place to bring your group. Both inside and out, the displays take inspiration from the wondrous festivals and celebrations conjured up by Waddesdon's treasured artworks - from sumptuous feasts, lavish gifts and masked balls to theatre, fancy dress and fairy tales - there is something for everyone at the Christmas Carnival.

Bring your group and share a festive day out gazing at the decorated house, exploring our biggest ever Christmas fair, indulging in celebratory foods and shopping for gifts. A new light show created by the Guildhall School will be projected onto the Stables inspired by the objects, architecture and gardens of Waddesdon. A light trail by the Aviary playfully combines colour, sound and movement, and the Manor’s facade will be bathed in light.

Group admission & prices

To get the group visit rate, your group needs to be 15 or more people, paid in total 14 days before your visit.

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Christmas grounds

Group adult ticket £9. Group child ticket £4.50. National Trust & Art Fund members free.

Decorated rooms

Group adult ticket £18. Group child ticket £9. National Trust & Art Fund members £5.



Full payment must be made 14 days in advance of your visit for everything booked.

You can pay by: Credit/Debit card over the phone, 01296 653209. Bank Transfer (BACS). Pro Forma on request. One cheque made payable to ‘The Rothschild Foundation’. Please post for the attention of group bookings.

Umissable Christmas Carnival highlights


Decorated rooms - East Wing & Bachelors' Wing

11.30am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan 2019

This year the house decorations have taken inspiration from the wondrous festivals and celebrations conjured up by Waddesdon’s treasured artworks. You’ll find dazzling decorations and trees sparkling with lights.


Guildhall School 3D light projections

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan 2019

Arrive at the Stables and walk through our tunnel of light, be met by beautiful light animations projected onto the walls (from dusk), and then follow the festoon lit playground path back to the Manor, with sounds accompanying your journey. All created by students from the Guildhall School.


Aviary garden light trail

From dusk-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan 2019

The whole family will enjoy following our illuminated light trail. See the trees and bushes lit up with a rainbow of colours. Walk through a brightly sparkling portal and see glitter balls and wine bottles hanging from branches.

Mince pies, christmas cake and puddings

Christmas food and drink

We know that most groups want to eat together and to ensure this is possible we offer a range of advance booking options for groups in our atmospheric Manor Restaurant.


On arrival

In the Old Coach House at the Five Arrows Hotel 10.30am.

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Christmas lunch

We’ve three venue options, the Manor Restaurant, Old Coach House at the Five Arrows Hotel and The Dairy. Sittings at 12pm or 2.30pm.

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Christmas afternoon tea

Sittings at 12pm or 2.30pm in the Old Coach House or 5pm in the Manor Restaurant.

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Christmas shopping


Manor shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan

You’ll find an exclusive range of bespoke jewellery, homeware, scarves, bags, and more which have all been inspired from objects in our collection.


Wine shop

Open 11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, until 2 Jan

Festively decorated and stocked full of great wines for your Christmas and New Year celebrations. Choose from individual bottles and boxed gifts cases.

christmas wine

Online shop

If you can’t visit us in person browse our online shop instead. We’ve a great selection of unique gift ideas, books, stationery and food items. Together with our impressive range of Waddesdon own wines and guest wines, with special gift cases for Christmas.

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