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Rainy day activities

Don't let the rain stop you from visiting and having fun at Waddesdon. We've lots to keep you occupied until the sun starts to shine, with exhibitions, varied children's activities, and plenty of space to run around in.

Activities for adults

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Wine Cellars talk

11.30am & 2pm, Wed-Sun & bank holidays

Escape the rain showers and head down to the wine cellars. Created to celebrate the association of the Rothschild family with some of the finest wines in the world.

Take advantage of our free cellars talk, included in your grounds ticket.

See more about the wine cellars>

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Michael Eden: Form & Transform

11am-5pm, 25 May – 21 Oct, Wed-Sun

See our free summer exhibition by Michael Eden in the Coach House gallery. Using the house collections as inspiration, and working with 3D scans, he has made unique digitally printed pieces that draw on historic objects.

See more about Form & Transform>

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Visit the house

Open 12pm-4pm, Wed-Fri (including the Bachelors’ Wing).
11am-4pm, Sat-Sun & bank holidays

If you fancy doing something inside to get out of the rain, why not visit the house? Built over a century ago, the house and setting were created to delight and surprise the small circle of Baron Ferdinand’s friends.

House timed tickets required, booking advised.

Find out more about the house>

 

Shopping

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Manor shop
Open 10am-5pm, Wed-Sun, 21 Mar – 28 Oct

Treat yourself to jewellery, books, candles and more. Discover our famous Rothschild wines in the Manor wine shop.

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Activities for kids

Brave the elements, bring your wellies and brollies as there’s plenty to see and do in the grounds. Kids can take part in the 50 Things nature challenge and tick off no. 6 to run around in the rain.

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Woodland Playground

Our playground winds through the trees, making the most of the natural environment. Little ones can play safely, on seesaws, swings and soft bark, while older children can whizz down our giant contour slide or traverse climbing frames.

Find the Woodland Playground PDF (673kb)

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Garden walks

Brave the damp with a brolly and enjoy of our great walks. Explore the gardens, jump in puddles, and discover our wildlife. Download and print our walks off from our garden walks page.

Garden walks

Head indoors and see the house

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Object handling

1.30pm drop-in session,Wed-Sun, until 28 Oct

Touch and handle different items from the collection in this free object handling session. Every day at 1.30pm in the Ante Room you have the chance to handle different items from the collection, ranging from pieces used in the daily running of the Manor and objects from the rooms, to items Baron Ferdinand’s guests may have used.

No need to book, free with your house and grounds ticket.

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Visit the house

Open 12pm-4pm, Wed-Sun, 11am-4pm, Sat-Sun & bank holidays
21 Mar – 28 Oct

Pick up Poupon’s Spinner, a fun tool to help you tour the house. Match the image to the room description and see if you can find your way around.

House timed tickets required, booking advised.

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
  • high-chairs are available at both the Stables Café and Manor Restaurant
  • undercover seating at the Stables Café
  • indoor, heated space in the Powerhouse by the Manor Shop, to eat, drink and get out of the cold
  • front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats are available at the house entrance free of charge
  • 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.

More visitor information

Places to eat

Take a break from rainy weather and enjoy delicious food in one of our many places to eat with indoor seating.

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Stables Café

Open 10am-5pm, Wed-Sun, 21 Mar – 28 Oct

The Stables Café is a short walk from the Manor, next to the Woodland Playground. With inside seating if you’re using the restaurant and an open courtyard with umbrellas if you wish to eat outside. An ideal place to refuel before your next playtime.

Stables menu

 

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Manor Restaurant

Open 10am-5pm, Wed-Sun

Set within the Old Servant’s Hall the Manor Restaurant offers a full menu with options for breakfast, seasonal lunches and traditional quintessentially British afternoon teas. This season we’re also re-launching Sunday lunches.

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Manor Restaurant children's menu

Open 10am-5pm, Wed-Sun, 21 Mar – 28 Oct
Served from 12pm-2.30pm

Kids get their own menu with burgers, bangers, pizza and delicious desserts. A juniors menu is also available to suit kids of all ages and appetites, as well as set two or three course option.

Kids menu

 

 

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Poupon's afternoon tea

21 Mar – 28 Oct 2018, Wed-Sun & bank holidays/school holidays
Served between 12pm-4.15pm, Manor Restaurant

This children’s fun afternoon tea has been inspired by Poupon, Baron Ferdinand’s beloved black poodle. Enjoy a savoury toastie, bone shaped biscuit, paw print brownie and a raspberry & vanilla ball.

Book a table/View the menu

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The Treaterie

Open 10am-5pm, Wed-Sun, 21 Mar – 28 Oct

Both kids and adults can head down to the Stables Courtyard and find the Treaterie. Choose from freshly made crepes with sweet or savoury fillings, indulgent artisan ice creams made by Oliphant & Pomeroy and waffles covered in fresh fruit and cream.