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Hygge winter weekends

This winter we are embracing the Danish way of life and all things Hygge, creating a warm, cosy, comfortable setting for you to enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

Open Sat-Sun, 14 Jan - 19 Mar 2017


Sat-Sun, 11am-4pm
Also open February half-term 13-17 Feb, Mon-Fri

Our guide to Hygge

Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) can be defined as many things including relaxation, comfort, cosiness, indulgence and togetherness. With no direct translation from the Danish word it can mean different things to each of us, therefore we have some simple steps to help you enjoy Hygge at Waddesdon.


Spend time with friends

Make a date with the people you love; whether it’s catching up over coffee and cake or enjoying a walk in the countryside, create treasured moments and simply take time to enjoy their company.


Reconnect with nature

Get outside, turn your phone off and soak up nature’s beauty. Wellbeing is a key aspect of Hygge, so wrap up warm to explore the outdoors and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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Get cosy

Pull on some warm knitted socks, snuggle under a blanket, curl up with a book and enjoy a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Indulging in some relaxation is all part of Hygge.

Unmissable seasonal highlights


The Coach House

Head down to the Stables Coach House and create your very own Hyggelig experience. Kick off those wellies, settle down to read a good book, relax over jigsaws or board games or have a go at den making. There will also be children’s retro films to watch and a thought tree to contribute to.

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


Over the three weekends in March there will be three children’s performances inspired by Hygge for you to enjoy in the Powerhouse from the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, The Pantaloons and The Paper Balloon Theatre Company.

Find out more

Explore the outdoors

Two friends enjoy a walk in the Waddesdon estate

Winter walks

Wellbeing is a key aspect of Hygge and with five different walks on offer, including two dog walks, there’s never been a better opportunity to explore Waddesdon and get healthy this winter.

More about the walks
Hygge map with walks

Hygge map

Discover Hygge locations and walks in the grounds. With activities in the Coach House at the Stables, entertainment in the Powerhouse and Cookery School in the Manor Restaurant.

Download the Hygge map

February half-term



11-19 Feb, 11am-3pm

We are teaming up with the Thames Valley Orienteering Club, so join us for a week of muddy adventure with four different routes to choose from. £3 per child (normal admission charges apply), cash on the day.

Orienteering Week details  >


Family cookery school

13-17 Feb, 10.30am-3pm

Have fun with the family and create a selection of chocolate treats and cakes this half term. Includes lunch, all ingredients and a goody bag to take home with you. £25 (normal admission charges apply). Suitable for 7-11 year olds.

More about Family Cookery School >

Shop and eat

friends enjoying dinner

Eating with friends

Wash away the winter blues by snuggling under sheepskin rugs with a steaming hot chocolate or mulled wine outside at the Stables or indulge in a special meal at the Five Arrows Hotel.

Take a look at the Stables Café
Books, candles and more available to buy in the Manor Shop at Waddesdon

Hygge shopping

Recreate the warmth of Hygge at home by browsing the Manor Shop and Wine Shop for all the ingredients: winter woollies, books, candles and more.

Find out more
Manor Restaurant express menu

Food events

Learn how to entertain your friends in style with our Waddesdon Cookery School or surprise your loved one with a romantic Valentine’s with dinner at the Five Arrows Hotel.

See all our events


Five arrows hotel exterior at night

Relax, unwind and indulge in a delicious dinner followed by a cosy overnight stay at the Five Arrows Hotel, located near the gates of the Manor.

From £165 for a classic double. To book call 01296 651727.


Bringing your dog


Especially for Hygge (14 January-19 March) dogs will be welcome up to the Stables and there are two dog-friendly walks to enjoy. To make sure everyone enjoys their day however, we ask you to:

  • Please stick to the allocated dog walks (Tail-wagger and Hygge hike) and within the Stables courtyard.
  • Be aware that although we love them outside, they’re not allowed inside any building, on the shuttle bus or within the main grounds.
  • Please use the allocated waste bins.
  • Please keep dogs on leads at all times as we are part of a working farm.