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For families

We’ve lots to keep you and the family entertained during your visit. From our Woodland Playground cut into the side of a hill where you can also hunt for bugs or build a den, to events at weekends and during school holidays.

Hygge for families

Every weekend until 19 Mar 2017

Enjoy our Hygge experience at the weekend. Grab a coffee at the Stables Café, take the family and dog for a walk round the estate. Chill out or play games with the kids in our Coach House snug by the Stables.

Discover Hygge at Waddesdon

Spring is in the air

Silhouette of butterfly and beetle to represent a shadow puppet performance that will be on in March as part of Hygge

Children's theatre

 4-19 Mar, Sat & Sun, 12.30pm & 2.30pm
Enjoy three children’s performances inspired by Hygge in the Powerhouse from the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, The Pantaloons and The Paper Balloon Theatre Company.

See all performances
Waddesdon dining room made in gingerbread

Biscuiteers: Waddesdon Manor in Gingerbread

 14 Jan-19 Mar, Sat & Sun, 11am-4pm
It’s your last chance to see Waddesdon as never before, recreated in gingerbread by the hand-iced biscuit company the Biscuiteers. Showing at the Stables.

Biscuiteers display
Afternoon tea

Mothering Sunday at the Manor

Sun 26 Mar 2017
Bring the whole family and spoil mum with a Champagne afternoon tea in the Manor Restaurant this Mother’s Day.

Treat mum to Champagne tea
Cadbury Egg Hunt at the National Trust logo

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 14 – Mon 17 Apr 2017
Join us for a fun-filled egg hunt around the grounds. There are trails for different ages, so follow the clues to claim your chocolate prize.

More about the egg hunt

Playtime outdoors

children enjoying the woodland playground

Woodland Playground

Our playground winds through the trees, making the most of the natural environment. Little ones can play safely at the bottom of the hill, on seesaws, swings and soft bark. At the top is our bird’s nest swing, for those who want a more gentle play. Older children can whizz down our giant contour slide or clamber over the climbing frames. Access included in your grounds ticket.

Find the Woodland Playground PDF (673kb)

Outdoor adventures: 50 things

Join the National Trust’s outdoor challenge and complete 50 different activities across lots of properties. Pick up a free 50 things leaflet from our Welcome Pavilion and start ticking off your adventures. At Waddesdon you can do No.4 build a den, No.31 hunt for bugs, No.6 run around in the rain, No.12 make a trail with sticks, No.33 catch a falling leaf, No.34 track wild animals, and more.

Download 50 things PDF (2mb)

Information for grown-ups

  • Baby-changing and feeding facilities can be found at the Stables and Manor house.
  • Front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats are available at the house entrance free of charge.
  • High-chairs are available at both the Stables Café and Manor Restaurant.
  • Find a warm place to feed the baby and sit down in the Powerhouse by the Manor Shop.
  • Our shuttle buses have space for up to five unfolded pushchairs.
  • Prams and pushchairs are not allowed in the house as the visitor route is narrow and they may inadvertantly cause damage.
  • For safety reasons children may not be carried on your shoulders during your house visit.
  • Under fives can bring small bicycles into the grounds but please keep to the pathways. These can be taken on our visitor shuttle buses.

Please note: the house and Manor Restaurant are closed until 22 March.

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Visitors at the Aviary


Our Aviary is full of rare and endangered exotic birds. Beautifully restored in 2003, discover the birds it houses and the work we do as a registered zoo. Make it part of your visit.

Discover the Aviary
Wine cellars, circular room

Wine Cellars

The Wine Cellars were created in 1994 and built to celebrate the association of the Rothschild family with some of the finest wines in the world. Open every day and free with your grounds admission.

Explore the Wine Cellars

Maps and Hygge dog walks

Find out where everything is located in the grounds and download our maps and Hygge dog walks.

See and download maps


Behind-the-scenes tours for kids

We run behind-the-scenes tours of both the house and Aviary, exclusively for kids. Discover the secrets behind Waddesdon in these fun-filled sessions led by the experts. Keep an eye out for upcoming dates from spring.

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Where to eat & shop


Stables Café

Perfect for little ones and mums and dads, right next to the Woodland Playground, the Stables Café has an open courtyard with plenty of seating. Serving hot drinks, snacks, lunches and afternoon tea. The ideal place to refuel before your next playtime.

Discover our restaurants and cafés 



Our Manor Shop and adjoining Wine Shop near the house are open and full of seasonal goodies and gift ideas to remember your Waddesdon visit by.

More about our shops