What's On



Wed 28 July–Sun 8 Aug 2021

10.30am-4.30pm, with live music 11am-3.30pm and quiet times 10.30-10.50am and 3.30-3.50pm.
Last entry 3.50-4pm ticket

Adult £6, Child £4 Normal grounds admission applies

Limited capacity, pre-booking essential

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During summer 2021 an extraordinary experience of colour and light lands again on the Waddesdon lawns. A specially-designed Colourscape with long sensational views will be installed on the Aviary glade.

Immerse yourself in an endless labyrinth of intense light, colour, space and music in 56 interlinked chambers.

By popular demand we bring Colourscape back to Waddesdon with a structure created specially to exactly fit the Aviary glade.  Long views of intense colour and light stretch out – the longest view ever created in Colourscape will appear in the ‘Aviary Colourscape’. Enter a new world where you can explore intense light, colour and space in 56 interlinked chambers and encounter unusual musical experiences during your journey.

Each day there will be different music and dance performances – resident musician, Michael Ormiston creates family-friendly free-flowing workshops for all on weekdays and at weekends we present Hurdy-Gurdy, panpipes, dance, flutes from around the world and a spectacular theatre-piece with dance and costumes.

Returning to Waddesdon for its seventh year, Colourscape is for visitors of all ages and promises an experience you will not forget.

Pick up hot drinks and sweet treats from Carlito’s Coffee right next to Colourscape, 10.30am to 4pm.

Please note: for safety reasons in adverse weather we may have to close Colourscape at short notice.

Special additional safety is being added for Covid-safety. Colourscape is very spacious inside and there will always be enough space for more than two metres social-distancing. We estimate that the fresh air circulating is replaced about every 15 minutes. Depending on Government guidelines we may ask you to wear a mask when inside.


Wed 28 – Fri 30 July – Michael Ormiston: free-flowing performances and workshops for families. Fantastic for all ages from babies through to 100 year-olds
Sat 31 July – Extraordinary Trombonist, Alan Tomlinson and Far Eastern specialist Michael Ormiston join forces
Sun 1 Aug – Hurdy-Gurdy and computers Stevie Wishart shows how baroque string instruments can be transported into the 21st century

Closed Mons and Tues

Wed 4 – Thur 5 Aug – Michael Ormiston: free-flowing performances and workshops for families. Fantastic for all ages from babies through to 100 year-olds
Fri 6 Aug – String Transformations: three musicians play a variety of instruments featuring strings, percussion and electronic sound creations. Philipp Wachsmann – violin, viola, endingidi and live digital processing. Bruno Guastalla – cello, loutar and live analogue processing. Lawrence Casserley – monoharps, small percussion and signal processing instrument
Sat 7 Aug – Sylvia Hallett ensemble – with dance and music leading the public through Colourscape
Sun 8 Aug – HYPERYAK – unique ensemble with Lawrence Casserley (computers); Simon Desorgher (panpipes/flutes); Jeff Higley (Tibetan Singing Bowls); Michael Ormiston (Mongolian Overtone Singing)

Important things to know:

  • Admission up to 30 minutes
  • Please note that last entry for Colourscape is 4pm
  • Pushchairs are not allowed inside Colourscape, please park them outside and collect when you’ve been through
  • Most wheelchairs can be accommodated in Colourscape
  • Please check Facebook and Twitter for real time updates on the weather and capacity
  • Families with SEN children please make yourself known to the Colourscape staff
  • Child ticket applies for ages 0-16 inclusive

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