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Feast 2017

Sat 17 & Sun 18 June 2017

10am-5pm

Grounds
Adult £15, Child £7.50, Family £37.50 National Trust/Art Fund Member Adult £5, Child £2.50, Family £12.50 Free for under 5s
Additional charges for the house

Book in advance until 13 June and jump the queues. You’ll receive a wristband to wear on entry which will fast track your admission. Phone 01296 820414 or book online.

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Enjoy a taste of history over this two-day festival celebrating food, drink and entertainment, all inspired by Baron Ferdinand’s annual garden parties.

Feast will see the North Front  transformed with elaborately decorated tables for visitors to take a seat at and enjoy a picnic or sample some of the delicious food on offer from one of the handpicked artisan food and wine stalls. There will be a range of extraordinary performances, as well as activities for all the family.

Waddesdon Manor is synonymous with entertaining, having been built for Baron Ferdinand’s infamous ‘Saturday to Monday parties’. Celebrating not only culinary delights, but also the magnificent setting of Waddesdon, roam the grounds and walk through the Manor as if a guest of Ferdinand’s.

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Feast volunteers wanted

Our exciting Feast weekend needs volunteers to help it run and create a Feast Festival buzz. If you enjoy meeting and talking to people and can relate to all ages come and give us a hand.

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Food & drink

Boasting the best produce available from the local area and beyond, you will be able to choose from over 60 handpicked artisan food and drink stalls. Browse for something to take home with you, from handmade fudge, cheese and bread to artisan drinks or buy food to eat at our dining table.

Feast Exhibitors

Feast Catering Stalls

Wine tasting

Informal wine tasting

Join us for a relaxed and informal tasting of five wines from the Rothschild range and our guest wine portfolio. There will be experts from our Wine Shop on hand to guide and advise you. Guests will receive a 10 per cent off wine voucher which can be used on the day in our Wine Shop.

Each hour from 11am to 4pm, on the North Front.  £5 per person.

Limited to 18 participants per session. Please note: All participants must be 18 years or older.

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Feast Afternoon Tea

Celebrate Feast weekend in true gastronomic style – whatever the weather brings! Book a table in the historic Manor Restaurant and enjoy a delicious Feast Afternoon Tea, with the choice of traditional savouries and sweet fancies, made extra special by adding a glass of Nyetimber English sparkling wine. Or a special Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea with fish finger sandwiches and Waddesdon Ale. Perfect for a Father’s Day treat!

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Performance & music

A variety of roaming, captivating music and performers from the UK and abroad will delight and surprise young and old alike. Listen to the unnoticed sounds from below ground with Ear Trumpet, meet Miss Alice de Rothschild in the Breakfast Room as she talks about her famous housekeeping rules or watch Ragroof’s team of Fabulous Flappers and Latino Groovers as they give a whistle stop tour of a hundred dance crazes.

With so much happening you’ll find it hard choosing which one to watch first.

Feast performers

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Ear Trumpet by Gobbledegook Theatre

Listen to the hidden sounds from underground loud and clear as if by magic.

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The Allotment by Plungebloom

Join the Vegetable Nannies in their temporary allotment for  a spot of gardening and childcare.

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Mr Lucky's Party

A comedic silent peformance involving three performers and 200 litres of water.

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Knol d'Amour by Superhallo

A family-friendly trip into the life of a potato, take a unique journey with a surprise at the end.

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Liver Cottage Mobile by Fairly Famous Family

Comedy chefs, Hugh Fearn and Lee Whittingsall, present a cookery demo like no other.

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Chapeau Magique by Paul-Henri Jeannel

Make amazing hats from just one sheet of brown paper.

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Tea Club by Axial Dance

A strolling piece of dance theatre celebrating Britain’s passion for tea and all things vintage.

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Bicycle Piano by Rimski

Master multi-tasker Rimski plays and sings as he cycles along on his piano.

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Bees! The Colony! by Artizani

Wander amongst six bee hives each hiding a unique interior world of the secret life of Bees.

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Happy Feet by Ragroof

A hundred years of dance crazes in a hundred minutes. Join the Ragroof Players in a non-stop dance-a-thon through decades of dance.

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Lance moi en l'air by Joli Vyann and L'Eolienne

A performance blurring the boundaries of where dance ends and circus skills begin. Commissioned by Without Walls, Bournemouth Arts by the  Sea and Dance Village.

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Block by Motionhouse and NoFit State Circus

Performers from Motionhouse and NoFit State Circus play on 20 oversized blocks reformed into a variety of shapes.

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Les Chant de Pavillons by La Fausse Compagnie

Song of the Horns is an unusual instrumental trio with their instruments a weird mix of strings and horn.

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The Sunshine Kings band

Dance, clap and tap your toes to New Orleans and Dixieland style jazz with music from the 20’s and 30’s played with verve and panache.

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A Choral Feast of Song - a massed choir of 100 voices

Sunday only
Waddesdon Staff & Volunteers’ Choir is delighted to invite Next Stage choir to collaborate in a combined performance of classic songs including music from The Jersey Boys and The Lion King, directed by their shared Musical Director, Russell Scott.

Lollipops by Askett Studio glass artists

Lollipops by Askett Studio Glass Artists

See this display of beautiful contemporary glass, inspired by sweets, designed and made by a local group of glass artists. Come and meet members of the group who will explain how they work with the most magical of materials.

Family fun

Throughout the weekend in our craft tent on the North Front, you’ll get the opportunity to try family friendly activities and create something to take home. Make a woodland mask, create copper leaves for our Christmas display or enjoy our poetry workshop. Join handling and show and tell sessions in the house or visit the coach house to see our Creatures and Creations exhibition. Adults get to have some fun too, make a floral hair garland and become a faerie queen.

Activities suitable for all ages. From 10am-5pm, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Adult floristry workshops

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Adults get to have some fun too. Create your very own floral hair garland with help from our floristry teachers. Become a faerie queen. Limited to 20 participants per session, 16 years and over.

Workshops 11am and 2pm each day, on the North Front. £10 per person.

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Green Man masks

Channel your inner Green Man and create yourself a woodland inspired mask to take away using the leaves from our Hygge Thought Tree which was in the Coach House in the New Year. All materials provided.

£2 per child, 10am-5pm

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Poetry workshops with Indigo Williams (Saturday only)

The Metaphor Machine
Have fun and learn an easy and great way of building interesting metaphors. Identify concrete nouns, verbs and abstract nouns, then use them to come up with creative metaphors. One or two people can take part, or better still get together a team and see who comes up with the best metaphor. In association with the Betjeman Poetry Prize>

Free drop-in session, 10am-5pm

 

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Oak leaves with light artist Anna Whetstone

Inspired by the Oak King, a mythical figure symbolic of life, growth and potential, lighting designer Anna Whestone will be capturing children’s hopes for their futures embossed on metallic oak leaves. The oak leaves will be moulded by each child into a unique form, and handed in to be used as part of our spectacular winter lighting installation at Christmas.

Free session. Donations welcome, 10am-5pm

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Chapeau Magique

Create yourself an amazing hat from brown paper to wear at the Feast. Paul-Henri will show you how easy it is to make something to wear from paper.

Free drop-in sessions, 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 4pm

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Handling and Show and Tell in the house

Learn about the history of dining and entertaining at Waddesdon by looking and even touching objects from the Collections. Become one of Baron Ferdinand’s 19th-century guests by exploring these rare and unique treasures which are rarely seen.

Free with your grounds ticket, 11am-5pm

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Creatures and Creations

Visit the Coach House gallery and see vivid digital art and dress by artist Platon H and fashion designer Mary Katrantzou, inspired by one of the world’s greatest collections of natural history put together by Walter Rothschild.

Free with your grounds ticket, 11am-5pm

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Photo competition

Make sure you bring your cameras with you as we are on the hunt for the very best photographs that capture the essence of Feast.

To enter, simply post the image you have taken over the weekend to our Facebook page using the hashtag #FeastPhotoComp before 30 June. The winner will get afternoon tea for up to 5 people.

Please read our T&Cs before you enter.