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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. Enjoy varied children's activities, see exhibitions in the coach house or visit our new Treaterie at the Stables and treat yourself to a freshly made waffle or crêpe.

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Things to see & do indoors on your visit

Glorious Years: French Calendars

22 Mar-29 Oct 2017

The calendars highlight royal weddings and victorious battles. They’re a unique collection in the UK and this is the first time some 30 examples will be on public display at Waddesdon.

Discover the exhibition

Wine Cellars talks

From 22 Mar-29 Oct 2017, Wed-Sun

Join expert-led, daily 20-minute talks in the Wine Cellars and discover the history of the Rothschilds and their wines. The vaults hold 15,000 wine bottles and an impressive statue of Bacchus, god of wine. Free with grounds admission.

Wine Cellars talk details

Visiting with kids

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Children's house trails

Going into the house on your visit? Pick up one of our new free children’s house trails at the house entrance and have fun discovering unusual aspects of the collections.

Book house tickets >

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Kids craft activities

During school holidays and weekends, children can get hands-on with arty crafty activities indoors on rainy days in the Coach House.

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Behind-the-scenes tours for kids

We run behind-the-scenes tours of the house 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.

See our events

Information for grown-ups

  • Baby-changing and feeding facilities can be found at the Manor and Stables.
  • High-chairs are available the Stables Café
  • Undercover seating at the Stables Café and at The Treaterie
  • Indoor, heated space in the Powerhouse to eat, drink and get out of the cold

More visitor information

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Outdoor activities

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 we have great walks, short and long, to get you exploring the gardens, discovering some of our wildlife and jumping in puddles. Download and print them off from our garden walks page.

Garden walks

Places to eat and shop

 

Belgian waffles with cream and straweberries

New! - The Treaterie

Open Wed 22 Mar-Sun 5 Nov, 10am-5pm

Based at the former Stables shop with plenty of undercover seating. Indulge in waffles and crêpes freshly made in front of you, which topping will you choose? Also, artisan ice cream, cakes, pastries, macarons, fudges and sweets.

Treaterie menu PDF
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Stables Café

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.

 

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Shopping

Recreate the warmth of Hygge at home by browsing the Manor Shop for all the ingredients: winter woollies, books, candles and more. Discover our famous Rothschild wines in the Manor wine shop.