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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.

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Christmas Carnival

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, 10 Nov – 2 Jan 2019 (inc 31 Dec & 1 Jan)

Enjoy a magical family visit. Both inside and out, the displays take inspiration from the wondrous festivals and celebrations conjured up by Waddesdon’s treasured artworks.

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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.

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Rainy day activities

Don’t let the rain stop you from visiting and having fun, we’ve lots to keep you occupied until the sun starts to shine. From house trails to objecting handling.

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Information for grown-ups

  • we have a woodchip pathway which takes you to and from the car park 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 Manor and Stables
  • a changing places facility can be found in the Manor, access via the Manor shop
  • 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
  • indoor, heated space in the Powerhouse by the Manor Shop, to eat, drink and get out of the cold
  • 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 inadvertently 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

Feeding or changing a baby inside the house

  • our collection is fragile, with many historic textiles that are vulnerable to any accidental spillage of food or liquids including water.  However, there are areas around the House which are less sensitive where you can feed your baby. Please ask a member of the house team for assistance. We also have private facilities on the ground floor of the house for baby feeding should parents wish to use it.

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Family events

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Letter Writing to Father Christmas

Sat 10 Nov – Sun 23 Dec 2018

Father Christmas is waiting to receive your Christmas lists. Come to the Stables to write your letter. No need to book, just drop-in.

£1, including postage to Father Christmas's official address
Visitors following the children's Christmas house trail

Children's Christmas House Trail

From 10 Nov until 2 Jan 2019

Included in the children’s house ticket learn more about the collection in our free Christmas Carnival trail.

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Christmas Carnival

10 Nov – 2 Jan 2019

Join us for our Christmas Carnival, where displays take inspiration from festivals and celebrations conjured up by Waddesdon’s artworks.

Book now for Christmas

Discover

Visitors at the Aviary

Aviary

Our Aviary, a registered zoo, is full of rare and endangered exotic birds. Make it a part of your visit.

Discover the Aviary
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Tremendous Tree Trail

Whether visiting in person or remotely you can now take an online walk around Waddesdon with our interactive tremendous tree trail.

Find out more

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.

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Where to eat

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Stables Café

11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, 10 Nov – 2 Jan 2019
Near to the Woodland Playground, just a short walk from the Manor, the Stables Café is informal and ideal for families. You can choose to sit indoors in our light and airy space, or eat outdoors in the Courtyard, snuggled under warm blankets and sheepskin rugs.

Stables Christmas menu>

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Children's Christmas lunches in the Manor Restaurant

12pm-1.30pm, Wed-Sun, 10 Nov – 2 Jan 2019
Kids get their own Christmas lunch. Choose from our Juniors menu, with alternative options available.

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Gifts

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11am-6pm, Wed-Sun, 10 Nov – 2 Jan 2019
Our Manor Shop and adjoining Wine Shop near the house are open and full of exclusive Christmas gift ideas to remember your Waddesdon visit by.

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