Our grounds and car park are now open Wed-Sun. All visitors must pre-book their visit.

NOTE: Tickets until 14 June are now sold out, more tickets will be released on Fri 5 June.

Our online shop is open, taking and delivering orders.

What's On

Walks, talks & tours

Volunteer Open Day

Sat 29 Feb 2020


Manor Restaurant

Please register your interest below
Behind the Scenes tour at 11.15am & 12.30pm – lasting 30 mins
Garden tour at 11.45am – lasting 40 mins


Ever wondered what it would be like to work at Waddesdon? Come and learn more at our Volunteer Open Day.

We are looking for more volunteers to join our team and get involved and inspired by Waddesdon. You’ll have the opportunity to work in a magnificent setting and contribute your time to help and support our heritage property. Volunteering can also be a great experience to kickstart your career.

At our Open Day you’ll have the chance to enjoy a Behind the Scenes tour of the House or explore the gardens on a guided tour. Chat with our friendly staff and volunteers about what it’s like to volunteer. Learn more about the benefits of volunteering at Waddesdon.

There are plenty of different opportunities within the House, Visitor Services, Learning and Gardens teams as well as at big events in the year, such as Summer Fest, Chilli Fest and Halloween.

Please also note that the minimum age for volunteering at Waddesdon is 16.

Register your interest

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If you can’t attend the event but would like to find out more, please contact Volunteering Manager, Helen Franklin email: [email protected]


Garden volunteer

Help to the keep the grounds and gardens breathtaking and immaculate. Supervised by a skilled member of the gardens team you could find yourself pruning, bedding, working in the glasshouse, hedging or even using light machinery. What a great place to be in if you love gardening.


House volunteer

We’re looking for volunteers, particularly at weekends, to help make the House and Collections come alive for visitors. You could be answering questions on items in the collection. Don’t panic, you’ll be fully trained first.


Education volunteer

Our small Education team really value the help received from volunteers. Join them putting on fun and informative events for our younger visitors throughout the season. From helping children with trails to explaining how families can best enjoy their visit.


Events volunteer

Help out with our major event programme throughout the year, from family activities to our popular special events. You could be working at Summer Fest or Christmas, making sure visitors get the most out of their experience.

Grounds champion

This new volunteering role has been developed to ensure that our visitors get as much out of their day as possible, by providing directional information and a friendly face to answer questions. Grounds Champions will also help to keep the grounds of Waddesdon looking immaculate and presentable for our visitors. This post could also involve selling raffle tickets and helping to raise income for Waddesdon.

Read real volunteer stories


How I became a Waddesdon Warden, 1999 model

Audrey Hughes provides a lovely reminiscence on how she came to work at Waddesdon.

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A day in the life of...Chris Blumer, House Host

I had simply no idea what to expect when I first applied to become a volunteer at Waddesdon.

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Behind the scenes: a volunteer's story

Imagine having the opportunity to go behind the scenes of a majestic manor house filled with exquisite antiques, magnificent artwork and captivating exhibitions.

Read the full story>