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Families in the grounds at Waddesdon

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For families

We’ve lots to keep you and the family entertained during your visit. From our Woodland Playground cut into the side of a hill where you can also hunt for bugs or build a den, to events at weekends and during school holidays.


Summer holidays with Mimi

Come and join us for the school holiday this summer and have a fun five weeks with Mimi. If you’re a member of Mimi’s club, don’t forget to bring along your special lanyard and claim your badge. Wed 1 – Fri 31 Aug, 10am-4pm, Wed-Sun.

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Hot weather itinerary

See our suggestions for shady spots in the garden to sit and relax, and things to do indoors if you fancy a break from the heat.

Read our hot weather itineary>

Playtime outdoors

A young visitor using the climbing frame

Woodland Playground

Our playground winds through the trees, making the most of the natural environment. Little ones can play safely at the bottom of the hill, on seesaws, swings and soft bark. At the top is our bird’s nest swing, for those who want a more gentle play. Older children can whizz down our giant contour slide or clamber over the climbing frames. Access included in your grounds ticket.

Find the Woodland Playground PDF (673kb)

Outdoor adventures: 50 things

Join the National Trust’s outdoor challenge and complete 50 different activities across lots of properties. Pick up a free 50 things leaflet from our Welcome Pavilion and start ticking off your adventures. At Waddesdon you can do No.4 build a den, No.31 hunt for bugs, No.6 run around in the rain, No.12 make a trail with sticks, No.33 catch a falling leaf, No.34 track wild animals, and more.

Download 50 things PDF (2mb)

Information for grown-ups

  • we have woodchip path which takes you to and from the car park. It can be muddy in places, 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 Stables and Manor house
  • a changing places facility can be found in the Manor, accessed via the Manor shop
  • bottle feeding is not permitted within the House due to the delicate nature of our textile collections. Please ask for details of our designated baby feeding facilities. Breast feeding is welcomed anywhere on site
  • front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats are available at the house entrance free of charge
  • high-chairs are available at both the Stables Café and Manor Restaurant
  • find a warm place to feed the baby and sit down in the Powerhouse by the Manor Shop
  • 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 inadvertantly 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

More visitor information

Mimi the mynah, waddesdon's mascot reading a map

Join Mimi in 2018

Mimi’s has lots of exciting adventures to keep the kids busy throughout the year. Have a look at all her upcoming events.

See Mimi's events for 2018

Family events


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Bring a picnic and watch this family classic under the stars. In partnership with The Luna Cinema.

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Visitors at the Aviary


Our Aviary, a registered zoo, is full of rare and endangered exotic birds. Make it a part of your visit.

Discover the Aviary
How to use the tree trail online

Tremendous Tree Trail

Whether visiting in person or remotely you can now take an online walk around Waddesdon with our interactive tremendous tree trail.

Find out more

Rockwork online trail

Whether visiting in person or remotely you can now take an online walk around Waddesdon with our first interactive trail. Explore our Pulham rockwork with this new digital feature which allows you to select a map or list as a starting point to explore the grounds and gardens.

Try out the Pulham trail >

Where to eat


Stables Café

10am-5pm, Wed-Sun, 21 Mar – 28 Oct

Perfect for little ones and mums and dads, right next to the Woodland Playground, the Stables Café has an open courtyard with plenty of seating. Serving hot drinks, snacks, lunches and afternoon tea. The ideal place to refuel before your next playtime.

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Manor Restaurant children's menu

Served from 12pm to 2.30pm

The 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 a two or three course option.

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Poupon themed childrens afternoon tea

Poupon's afternoon tea

This children’s fun afternoon tea has been inspired by Poupon, Baron Ferdinand’s beloved black poodle.

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10am-5pm, Wed-Sun, 21 Mar – 28 Oct

Our Manor Shop and adjoining Wine Shop near the house are open and full of exclusive gift ideas to remember your Waddesdon visit by.

More about our shops