Families in the grounds at Waddesdon
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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.

Family walking in wider estate at Waddesdon

Winter Weekends

6 Jan – 18 Mar 2018, Sat-Sun

This January to March explore the gardens that are full of stark beauty. It’s a perfect time to reconnect with nature, and spend time with friends and family.

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Warm place to sit and snack

The Powerhouse is a heated indoor space where you can warm up, take your hot drinks and sit inside. Also perfect if you need to feed a young baby or take children out of the cold. Opposite the Manor shop courtyard.

Girl with bunny ears enjoying Cadbury Egg Hunt at Waddesdon Manor

Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 30 Mar – Mon 2 Apr 2018

Join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. The birds of Waddesdon’s Aviary need your help, can you and bunny find them?

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Playtime outdoors

A young visitor using the climbing frame

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

  • we have a new grass path with plastic matting and additional woodchip which takes you to and from the car park. It can be muddy in places, and because of the surface it is not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
  • baby-changing and feeding facilities can be found at the Stables and Manor house
  • bottle feeding is not permitted within the House due to the delicate nature of our textile collections. Please ask for details of our designated baby feeding facilities. Breast feeding is welcomed anywhere on site
  • 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
  • you can also find warm covered seating in the Wigwam
  • 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

More visitor information

Mimi the mynah, waddesdon's mascot reading a map

Join Mimi in 2018

Mimi’s passport scheme is bigger and better, with exciting adventures to keep the kids busy. Register your interest and we’ll send you a limited edition Mimi the Mynah lanyard on which you can collect badges at every challenge you complete.

Register your interest

Discover

Visitors at the Aviary

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
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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

Rockwork online trail

Whether visiting in person or remotely you can now take an online walk around Waddesdon with our first interactive trail. Explore our Pulham rockwork with this new digital feature which allows you to select a map or list as a starting point to explore the grounds and gardens.

Try out the Pulham trail >

Where to eat & shop

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Stables Café

11am-4pm, weekends until 21 March

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.

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Gifts

11am-4pm, weekends until 21 March

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

More about our shops