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May Bank Holiday - Escape from the Aviary

Sat 25 – Mon 27 May


Free with grounds admission
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Join us this May bank holiday weekend as we Escape from the Aviary…

From 25 May until 27 May, children get free entry to the house and grounds at Waddesdon!


Berkshire Birds of Prey

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.

Feeling brave? Put on a handlers glove and have the chance to hold the birds yourself.

Located on the North Front


The Bewonderment Machine

Accompanied by original music the Bewonderment Machine is an artist-built cycle-powered carousel, a kinetic public sculpture and a magical journey for small children.

Located at the Woodland Café


The Birds

These giant birds with their stunning fanned tails entertain and inspire audiences, accompanied by Major Apus, the avid birdwatcher and wildlife enthusiast. Audience interaction is encouraged either by a hug and a selfie with The Birds themselves, or a chat with Major Apus.

Roaming the North Front


Makendoo Workshops

Children of all ages can join in the fun, painting and making a huge range of masks, hats, puppet characters or small banners, all finished off with plenty of glitter to provide an instant carnival atmosphere whatever the occasion. Up to 240 children leave the workshop carrying, wearing and waving their artworks, which are lasting souvenirs of a great day out.

Located in the Coach House at the Stables


Bird Spotting Guide

Pick up a Waddesdon Bird Spotting Guide from the Visitor Information building, near the Manor and see what birds you can spot on your walk around the grounds.


Face Painter

As an extra treat, stop off at the North Front near the Manor and have your face painted! 10am – 4pm. Additional charge applies.

Located on the North Front


Visit the house

Waddesdon is open from Wednesday-Sundays and tickets are available for the Grounds and for timed entry to the House and Gardens (House reopens from 20 March). We recommend that all visitors pre-book, including National Trust Members, to avoid disappointment.