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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Summer holidays

Bring the whole family to enjoy the summer holidays with our range of fun activities for our Summer of Play, included with admission. Until 31 August, children get free admission to the house and grounds at Waddesdon!

For something extra special, book tickets for one of our family theatre shows or spend the day at Chilli Fest, where there is fun to be had for all the family!

Summer of Play


Garden Games

22 Jul - 28 Aug

Complimentary garden games are available to borrow from the Visitor Information building on the North Front throughout Summer. Choose from cricket, tennis, rounders and more.

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Berkshire Birds of Prey

Thu 27 – Sat 29 Jul

Get up close and personal with birds of prey! Learn about their habits, habitats, and history as well as how you can help them in the wild.

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Sun 30 Jul

Get up close and hands-on with real live exotic animals including the likes of Snakes, Tarantulas, Giant Snails and much more in these Zoolab, Ethical Encounter shows.


Circus workshops

Fri 4 – Sun 6 Aug

On the first weekend in August you have the chance to learn how to juggle with beanbags, balls, rings, and clubs.  You can even learn the ancient art of walking the tightrope!


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Junkyard Orchestra Soundgarden

Fri 11 - Sun 13 Aug

The Junk Orchestra soundgarden installation is a circular collection of tuned instruments made of recycled materials that will be set up in the Waddesdon grounds for the whole family to jam and groove on.

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Shed of Stories

Fri 18 - Sun 20 Aug

Tales will be told every hour on the hour throughout the day and between story times the shed becomes a pop-up library where children and families can read together.

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Archery and Climbing Wall

Fri 25 - Mon 28 Aug

Over the summer bank holiday weekend have a go at the medieval art of archery. Suitable for ages 8+. As well as archery, channel your inner hero and tackle the climbing wall. Minimum height and weight and maximum weight limits apply.

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Fri 28 - Sun 30 Jul, Fri 4, Fri 11, Fri 18 & Fri 25 Aug

Have your face painted on your visit! Charges apply.

Woodland Playground

Our playground 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.

Discover our Woodland Playground > 

Outdoor adventures: 50 things

Join the National Trust’s outdoor challenge and complete 50 different activities across lots of properties. Pick up a free 50 things leaflet from our Welcome Pavilion and start ticking off your adventures. At Waddesdon you can do No.4 build a den, No.31 hunt for bugs, No.6 run around in the rain, No.12 make a trail with sticks, No.33 catch a falling leaf, No.34 track wild animals, and more.

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Special events

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Outdoor theatre

Every Thursday evening in August we are welcoming theatre companies bringing their family-friendly shows. From Peter Rabbit to Robin Hood, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Learn more >

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Open-Air Cinema with The Luna Cinema

Cinema under the stars as The Luna Cinema returns to Waddesdon this September with four fantastic films.

Take a look >


Chilli Fest

Round off the summer holidays with our annual Chilli Fest! Running 1-3 Sep, bring your family and friends and soak up the last of the summer sun. With delicious food, live music, fun activities and more, there’s lots for everyone to enjoy!

Book now >

Food and Drink

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Stables Café & Takeaway

Located near the Woodland Playground, the Stables is the perfect pit-stop on your visit. Enjoy delicious light lunches or cream teas in the café or pick up tempting treats from our takeaway including local ice cream.


Dyllie's Pizza

Come along to the Stables and enjoy a delicious, fresh and local pizza. Available from 11.30am – 4pm from 22 July until 28 August.