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

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.

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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


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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Treats for everyone

The Treaterie

Based at the Stables with plenty of undercover seating, you’ll find hot snacks, indulgent artisan ice creams, cakes and pastries.

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