Several years ago when it was just the two of us, we visited a Christmas Fair held at Waddesdon Manor, and fell in love with the house and grounds. So, when we started talking about where to visit with the children to begin the festive season, Waddesdon Manor was right at the top of the list.
A National Trust property, Waddesdon Manor, based near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, is a beautiful Manor house built in the 1870’s for Baron Rothschild. The house is set against a stunning backdrop of rolling grounds and is the perfect place to visit for Christmas. Every year they host a Christmas Fair with over 60 artisan stalls selling everything from foods, clothing and decorations, as well as putting on arts and craft activities for the children. However, our main reason for visiting with the children was to visit the manor house itself.
Each year, the house is decorated for Christmas with a different theme, and we knew that it would create awe and wonder for the children. This year the theme was ‘Magical Materials’ all inspired by the Rothschild collections. Each room in the house is decorated using a different type of material from the glitter of gold to the sparkle of glass through wood themes to mother of pearl. To make the visit even more special, the children had their own Christmas Trail around the house, spotting gingerbread men hiding within the huge Christmas Trees, and collecting gingerbread stickers as they learnt more about the house.
We were a little apprehensive about taking a 4 and 6 year old to visit a property as we had no idea whether they would understand or appreciate the house but we needn’t have been concerned. Looking at their faces as we walked around and saw the light and huge trees was a joy to behold. To make the visit even more special, the children had their own Christmas Trail around the house, spotting gingerbread men hiding within the huge Christmas Trees, and collection gingerbread stickers as they learnt more about the house.
After visiting the house, we took a stroll down through the woods – which were lit up with coloured lights, down to the Stables where we visited a huge gingerbread model of the house! I don’t think any of us could believe that you could recreate a whole house in gingerbread, and the care and attention paid to the decorations was second to none!
We had such a lovely day as a family, and I think this may be the start of one of our new festive traditions!
The Christmas Fair is held Wednesday to Sunday from the 16th November until the 11th December. However the Gingerbread Waddesdon Manor is available to view from the 9th November through to the 2nd January every Wednesday through Sunday. For more information on ticket prices, parking and visiting, the best website to use is www.waddesdon.org.uk
Disclaimer: I wasn’t asked to review our visit, I just loved it so much that I thought you might like to visit too!