Waddesdon Manor

Wonderful Winter At Waddesdon Manor

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!


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      It really was stunning! My daughter was open mouthed the whole day! x

  1. What a wonderful addition to your Christmas traditions! Really bring in the festive magic! Looks like a beautiful place! #MarvMondays

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      It was really magical! It’s so utterly beautiful and took all of us by surprise by how wonderful it was! x

  2. It does look beautiful. I am more a fan of the gardens, rather than the houses/ manors, but at this time of year, the manor would win it for me 🙂 #KCACOLS

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      I’m with you on the gardens! I was surprised that the house held everyone’s attention for so long – it was definitely to do with the beauty of Christmas! x

  3. I love it when places that are typically more of interest for adults make such an effort to engage the kids aswell. it’s great that more places are doing things like little trails to keep the kids entertained while the mums and dads enjoy other things! #KCACOLS

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      It really was a great day out – I can’t believe how much fun the kids had – we’ll definitely be visiting every year we can! x

    1. Author

      It really was – I hadn’t expected it to be so lovely!

  4. Looks like such an amazing place. This might come off sounding a little unamerican, but I spent a few years growing up in Germany and traveling around Europe and the UK and nothing here compares to the historical places I visited there. I miss that about living overseas. Everything here seems so disposable. My parents actually went on a trip to visit where they first met in Germany and the restaurant they had their first date in was still there 40+ years later! My husband and I will have been together 7 years now in December and I half expect the place where we went to our first date to be gone even this soon!

    Thanks so much for the history lesson and the amazing pictures! Can’t wait to read more soon! #marvmondays

  5. This looks the definition of magical, look at that dollhouse! #marvmondays

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      I know! And it was all made out of gingerbread – I was open mouthed!!

  6. Wow! That looks beautiful. Sadly, none of the NT properties near me have fully accessible toilets which my son can use so we have never been. If others are as good as this, we are clearly missing something special. #KCACOLS

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      Oh that’s terrible! I read your post about accessible toilets and was really horrified at how bad the toilets are that claim to be accessible! I hope that things change in the future so that you can go wherever you want whenever you want!

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      I did too! I tried to figure out if I could do one in my house!

  7. Oh this look magical! We already have a full festive schedule this year, but I’m going to put it on our list for next year as it looks like the kind of place I would really enjoy visiting. Thanks for sharing! #MarvMondays

  8. Love the look of this place! The sounds of the Christmas Trail sounds perfect for children and what a lovely thing to add to your yearly traditions!
    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday x

  9. Wow what a beautiful place! I’m glad you had such a great time 🙂 #MarvMondays

  10. Wow! That place looks so magical! I love heritage buildings like that. They have so much history, and so many stories to tell. Plus, it looks stunning decorated for Christmas! #KCACOLS

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