Horrible Halloween

Join us for a fun and spooky Halloween during the October half-term holiday.

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Throughout October half-term there will be our ever-popular Halloween trail, spooky treats to tickle your tastebuds, and crafty activities for everyone to get involved with.

For children

Pumpkin Carving and Painting

Use your imagination and create your very own pumpkin design.

Make sure to come early as we have a limited number of  pumpkins grown especially for us!

£4 per pumpkin

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Creatures of the Night Trail

To celebrate our ‘Creatures and Creations’ exhibition at the Coach House Gallery, this years Halloween trail takes you through the woods in search of some creatures of the night. See how many creatures you can find on our special illuminated woodland trail.

£2 per child

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Isadora Moon Day

Half vampire, half fairy, Isadora Moon is totally unique! On Wednesday 25 October, children’s author and illustrator Harriet Muncaster will be giving a series of special readings of the latest book in her magical Isadora Moon series.

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Fancy dress competition

Children in fancy dress for Halloween at Waddesdon

Dress the part to enter our fancy dress competition running all week throughout half-term. What will you be? A witch? A cat? A devil?

Share your costumes on Facebook and Instagram on your visit and be in with a chance of winning a complimentary family grounds ticket over the popular Christmas season.

Don’t forget to tag us in your photo using @WaddesdonManorLearning and the hashtag #WaddesdonDressedToKill. All your entries will be showcased on this page and we will select our favourite as the winner on Monday 30 October.

Please read our terms and conditions.

Woodland Playground

Have fun in our playground which winds through the trees, making the most of the natural environment. Little ones can play safely at the bottom of the hill, on seesaws, swings and soft bark. At the top is our bird’s nest swing, for those who want a more gentle play. Older children can whizz down our giant contour slide or clamber over the climbing frames. Access included in your grounds ticket.

Fountain reflecting Autumn trees

For families

Fete Worse Than Death

Fête Worse than Death

Sat 28 & Sun 29 Oct 2017

Get into the Halloween spirit with our weekend Fête on the last weekend of October.

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You can enjoy exploring our grounds with one of our Waddesdon walks. Download a map to help find your way around the wider estate.

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Halloween Afternoon tea

To eat


Wigwam Café

New for October half-term, local chef Barney Wrobel brings his wigwam café to Waddesdon.

The café will be serving street food, hot drinks, homemade cakes and more.


Spooky Afternoon Tea

Treat the kids with a Spooky Afternoon Tea in the Manor Restaurant, including a delicious pot of “worms”, a ghost meringue and an eyeball cupcake.

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stone gargoyle at the stables

In the house

October half-term is your last chance of the year to see all the open rooms in the house before some are ‘put to bed’ for the winter. This year’s exhibitions, including Creatures & Creations and Power & Portraiture, will also be ending on the 29 October, so don’t miss your final opportunity to visit them.

Please note that the Bachelors’ Wing will be closed for conservation.


Special exhibitions

It’s your last chance to see Creatures & Creations and Power & Portraiture!

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Conservation intern dusting an ornate gold clock

Putting the house to bed

You can also pick up one of our free children’s house trails at the house entrance and have fun discovering unusual aspects of the collections.