Children eating ice cream at the Stables

Summer holidays

This July and August bring the whole family to enjoy the summer holidays. From our magical woodland playground, to evening cinema screenings, Big Camp to Bushcraft, we have something for everyone.

In the sunshine

Mimi's European Adventure

Join Mimi the Mynah this summer for an European tour within the grounds of Waddesdon Manor. Celebrating our Rothschild family heritage, over five weeks learn about the five brothers and the countries they moved to.

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Bushcraft summer school

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Woodland Ways to run our first ever Bushcraft Summer School. Over three days, specialist instructors will cover all aspects of bushcraft, from shelter building and fire lighting to tracking animals and making primitive weapons.

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Mimi the Mynah, Waddesdon Manor mascot

Pick up your Mimi passport

Join Mimi’s club and pick up your 2017 passport on arrival at the Welcome Pavilion or Visitor Information. Take part in five different Mimi activities and at the end of the year you’ll receive a beautiful limited edition enamel badge.

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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.

Find the Woodland Playground PDF (673kb)

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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In the house

Children's house trail

Children's house trails

Going into the house on your visit? Pick up one of our new free children’s house trails Poupon’s Viewfinder or Myths & Legends at the house entrance and have fun discovering unusual aspects of the collections.

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Be Our Guest Children's House Tour

Discover what life was like at a 19th-century house party and watch our special musical elephant wound up. This tour is for children aged eight to twelve. No adults allowed!

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Evening entertainment


Open Air Cinema with the Luna Cinema

The Luna Cinema returns to Waddesdon with two classic films on big screen set against the backdrop of Waddesdon Manor on the North Lawns. Casablanca will be showing on 25 August and Harry Potter on 26 August.

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Big Camp

Big Camp is coming to Waddesdon this summer on Friday 21 to Saturday 22 July and we can’t wait. A unique opportunity to camp out in the beautiful gardens with the backdrop of the Aviary. It’s time to sleep under the stars…

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The Lord Chamberlain's Men - Comedy of Errors

The UK’s premier all male theatre company invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare’s most hilarious face, The Comedy of Errors on Saturday 22 July.

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Treats for everyone

Belgian waffles with cream and straweberries

New! - The Treaterie

Open Wed 22 Mar-Sun 5 Nov, 10am-5pm

Based at the former Stables shop with plenty of undercover seating. Indulge in waffles and crêpes freshly made in front of you, which topping will you choose? Also, artisan ice cream, cakes, pastries, macarons, fudges and sweets.

Treaterie menu PDF

Afternoon tea

12-4.15pm, Wed-Sun

Treat yourself to selected savouries and sweet fancies with a traditional or sparkling afternoon tea on your visit. Served in the Manor Restaurant. Book now.

Afternoon tea details