Chilli Festival

Celebrating 10 years in 2016, the chilli festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

With more than 50 handpicked exhibitors the chilli festival guarantees to bring you the best of local artisan producers as well as some of the nation's best loved independent traders from across the country. You will find everything at the festival for the chilli fanatic or novice, with experts on hand to give advice on all things chilli. There will also be live music all weekend and free children's activities provided by our excellent education and family team.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Waddesdon Manor


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £20.00 £18.00
Child £10.00 £9.00
Family £45.00 £40.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £13.00
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.50
Gardens only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £10.00 £9.00
Child £5.00 £4.50
Family £25.00 £22.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.00
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £3.00
Feast weekend 18 & 19 June
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £13.00 £11.70
Child £6.50 £5.85
Family £32.50 £29.25

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


Please note...

To visit the house a grounds ticket must be purchased. The house operates timed tickets, including for members, available in advance by phone on tel. 01296 653226 (with £3 booking fee per transaction) or free online at Tickets are limited and sell out on busy days especially weekends, school holidays, Bank Holidays and in December. For our Feast Weekend on 18 & 19 June there will be a Festival admission charge for National Trust members, adult £3, child, £1.50, family £7.50.

The basics

Suitable for children
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Aviary Glade
Garden admission charges apply to this event. National Trust members and under 5's free.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
3 September 2016 10:00 - 17:00

Contact Info

Events and Shows
Call 01296 653230

Upcoming events

The Riches of the Earth - Exhibition and trail throughout the house

Sat 30 Apr 2016
Curator: Juliet Carey Waddesdon is full of works of art that celebrate, embody or express the wealth of the Earth. A trail around the house highlights some of these riches - earthenware and porcelain clays worked into vessels and sculptures,...

Tales from the Archive Exhibition

Sat 30 Apr 2016
This year's exhibition focusses on people and how the records we hold in the Waddesdon archives, housed at Windmill Hill, tell us their stories. One highlight will be to share research recently carried out on the visitors who signed Waddesdon's...

A Closer Look: Spotlight on French Royal Furniture by Jean-Henri Riesener

Sat 30 Apr 2016
Waddesdon Manor houses three extraordinary chest of drawers by court cabinet-maker Jean-Henri Riesener, two of which belonged to members of the French royal family. They are among twelve pieces of furniture now at Waddesdon that were originally...

Persuading the King: A Manuscript Petition by Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (1724-1780)

Sat 30 Apr 2016
This display highlights a new addition to the collection at Waddesdon- Gabriel de Saint-Aubin's volume - Placets de l'officier Desbans (1775). This elaborate manuscript petition (placet) was submitted to Louise XVI and Marie-Antoinette by a...

Step this way: The Red Drawing Room Opened Up

Sat 30 Apr 2016
Come into the manor as a 19th-century house guest would have. The Red Drawing room is the central room of the house, connecting the main door with the formal gardens to the south. Baron Ferdinand's guests congregated there before going into...

Windmill Hill Archive Public Open Afternoons

Wed 04 May 2016
Explore architecture and art at Windmill Hill, home to Waddesdon archive and the Rothschild Foundation. You'll have a unique opportunity to view the inside of this magnificent building, designed by Stephen Marshall architects.