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Summer Fest

Sat 6-Sun 7 July 2019


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After four fabulous years of Feast, the weekend of 6 & 7 July will see the introduction of Waddesdon Summer Fest.

Be amazed, delighted and entertained by a range of extraordinary street theatre and arts performances.

See the North Front transformed with flowers, colourful flags and decorated tables. Take a seat and enjoy a picnic, or try some of the mouth-wateringly good hot food on offer.

Wander through the Aviary glade and peruse the shopping village featuring a selection of quality arts and crafts, plants and homeware stallholders.

With all this, family activities, acoustic music on Saturday and the Waddesdon choir on Sunday, there’s something for everyone to delight in!

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Enjoy a variety of entertainment with street theatre, live music and arts performances to delight all the family.

Returning this year to perform in front of the Manor are the astonishing tightrope walking Bullzini Family who wowed audiences at Feast 2018. Also returning is the fun-tastic Reality Arcade, a life-sized interactive game zone, inspired by ten classic arcade games for all ages to enjoy.

Summer Fest Video

See the highlights of this year’s Summer Fest in this video by themummysphere.co.uk



Bullzini Family

Eisoropia by The Bullzini Family
12pm and 3.30pm, 40mins

Witness the thrills and skills of the ancient art of high wire walking with the Bullzini Family. This contemporary and exciting family act takes place on a ten metre walking wire, eight metres from the ground. A performance not to be missed!



Whose Hair Dares by OSADIA
11am and 3.30pm, 90 mins

The sculptural quality of hairdressing becomes theatre in the barbers chairs of OSADIA. In this show an audience member becomes the central performer and is transformed on stage as styling becomes a showpiece, OSADIA create original and provocative exhibitions of sophisticated make-up and hair art, set to fantastic music mixes.


The Actual Reality Arcade

The Actual Reality Arcade

This is a life-sized interactive game zone for all ages to enjoy, inspired by ten classic arcade games. Fire rockets, dodge barrels, avoid lasers, build Tetris walls, shoot aliens and become Pac-Man; play for real and bring the games to life.



Plucky by Thingumajig Theatre
11am, 1pm and 3pm, 40 mins

Meet Plucky: our very big, very friendly and possibly over curious chicken. Accompanied by her hen-pecked sidekick, Plucky guarantees to bring fun, farmyard frolics, music and song to everyone.



The Flycycle and The Submercycle by Pif-Paf
10.30am, 1.30pm and 4pm, 45 mins

Experience a journey of your wildest dreams, aboard Pif-Paf’s famous traveling machines, The Submercycle and The Flycycle!
Choose a traveling companion, find the Departure Lounge and they’ll take care of the rest. Under the sea or high in the sky, all ages are welcome.


Anyone for Tennis

Anyone for Tennis by Fairly Famous Family
11am, 1pm and 3.30pm, 30 mins

A hilarious but thrilling “one setter” is played out live before an enraptured crowd with all the drama of the real thing including slow motion replays, heated line calls, tantrums and live commentary. Expect the rules to be slightly bent.



Flamingos by Artemis
10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm, 30 mins

Introducing Issiah and Florence, two magnificent 10 foot flamingos and their ever knowledgeable handler, Harriet Bird. Inspired by the paintings of John James Audubon, these two beautiful creatures are an instant hit with children and adults alike.


Bicycle Bistro

Bicycle Bistro by Circo Rum Ba Ba
12pm and 2.15pm, 40 mins

Two eccentric moustachioed waiters arrive in style on their bistro on wheels. They lay the table, wind up the gramophone and unleash a choreographed 40 minutes of cafe circus mayhem. You may even get a cup of tea…



Thingumabob by Matt Pang
12.45pm and 3.30pm, 40 mins

A spectacle with an original devised, ball slinging, self-exploding contraption. The show uses a mixture of circus, invention and comedy to bring this piece of gadgetry to life.


Desert Island Discs

Desert Island Discs by Artizani
1.30pm and 4pm, 40 mins

The show happens on a small tropical island stage, complete with two palm trees, which double as hammock anchors and slackrope ends. Kept on the island by a shark in the audience, our castaway makes friends with Larry, a lobster and struggles to survive.

Live music


Mr Wilson's Second Liners

Mr Wilson’s Second Liners
11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm, 30 mins

A rabble of mischievous northerners, this band form a traditional New Orleans Second Line. Bursting with colour and sound, they expend their collective musical talent paying homage to the diehard days of the Hacienda, 90s club culture and Mr Tony Wilson.


Blackfrog Studios

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm, Saturday only

On Saturday sit back and enjoy live performances from local musicians at Blackfrog Studio. There will be 6 local solo, duos and groups each playing a 30 minute slot, at the Aviary.

11am – Keira Gabrille
12pm – Maria Karteris
1pm – Ellie Richmond
2pm – Nikki Petherick
3pm – Meg Lawrenson
4pm – JAE


Summer Fest Choir sings the hits

2pm-2.40pm, Sunday only

Over 100 singers from the Waddesdon Staff & Volunteers’ Choir and Next Stage Choir join forces to sing the hits, directed by their shared Musical Director, Russell Scott. Including Beach Boys and Jersey Boys medleys, John Legend’s “All of Me” The Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye” and “Come Alive” from the Greatest Showman, please come and support our singers who have worked hard to prepare this special performance especially for Summer Fest!

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Food & drink

Treat yourself and your taste buds to some delicious take-away food from a selection artisan vendors who will be attending Summer Fest. Browse over 50 stalls on the North Front for foodie products to take home with you and tuck into street food and delicious hot meals while enjoying the performances.

These stallholders may change and if you’re after a specific trader then please email [email protected] for more information.

Homeware products at Summer Fest

Shopping village

This year head to the Aviary glade and browse arts and crafts, homeware, clothing and gifts all created by designers and makers. You can also enjoy a life size arcade with some much loved interactive games, take part in family activities and relax to some live music.

If you’re after a specific trader then please email [email protected] for more information.

Wine tasting & afternoon teas


Wine tasting

11am, 1pm & 3pm

Enjoy an informal wine tasting in the Wine Cellars and discover a range of Rothschild wine and unusual handpicked guest wines. You will try eight wines from Rothschild estates across the world, alongside a couple of rare and unusual handpicked guest wines.

Adult £10

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Afternoon teas

From 12pm

Make your day out even more special with a delicious afternoon tea with specially created savouries and delectable patisserie topped off with a glass of our exclusive Waddesdon Sparkling wine.

Adult £27, Child £15.50

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Family fun

Throughout the weekend in our craft tent at the Aviary Glade, you’ll get the opportunity to try family friendly activities and create something. See handling and show and tell sessions in the House and visit the Coach House to see our new contemporary art exhibition.

Family craft activities


Inspired by a bioluminescent ocean on a midsummer’s night you can help create a symphony of sea creatures to be included in a Christmas Arch by light artist Anna Whetstone. Join us to decorate a glowing fish with ultra violet paint, design your own unique plankton disc, or create a tropical seaweed stem. Charges apply, workshops are every 15 minutes on a first come, first served basis


The Great Waddesdon Colour-In. Get colourful with our fabulous colour-in activities 10am-5pm in the family activity tent at the Aviary Glade. Donations welcome.


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. Enjoy a taste of history by exploring these rare and unique treasures which are rarely seen.

Free with your Summer Fest grounds ticket, 11am-5pm

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Taster House Visit

Experience the House as if a 19th-century guest of Baron Ferdinand’s and walk through some of the beautiful interiors downstairs.

Free with your Summer Fest grounds ticket, 11am-5pm


Brought to Life: Eliot Hodgkin Rediscovered

Visit the Coach House gallery and see detailed still life and landscape paintings by Eliot Hodgkin.

Free with your Summer Fest grounds ticket, 11am-5pm

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Bring your dog with you

Dogs on short leads are welcome during Summer Fest weekend. Please bear in mind that it will be extremely busy when deciding whether to bring your dog.

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Volunteering at Summer Fest


Be part of the Summer Fest team this year!

We need volunteers on both days – you could find themselves helping the amazing performers, assisting the visitors who have come to have a great day, keeping the Summer Fest grounds immaculate and soaking up the great Summer Fest atmosphere.

In return you will get 6 complimentary tickets, a Summer Fest t shirt, a light breakfast and sandwich lunch.

Volunteers are required from 8.30am-5.30pm on Sat 6 July and 9.30am-5.30pm on Sun 7 July. Ideally you will also be able attend a familiarisation session on Fri 5 July 2-4pm.

To apply, please fill out our volunteer registration form and email to [email protected]

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