Waddesdon Imaginarium

From dusk you can enjoy a new light and sound show projected onto the Manor created by the Guildhall School.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

We've commissioned the Guildhall School of Music & Design to create a new light and sound show inspired by the objects, architecture, gardens and history of Waddesdon, to be projected onto the Manor. The building and its contents have been scanned in 3D and transformed into detailed animations that bring the façade to life with enchanted objects. Roaming porcelain animals, dancing musical clocks, fluttering clouds of butterflies and moths and spirited 18th-century portraits.

Prices

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

Prices

Christmas - 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 £7.00
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £3.50
Christmas - house & gardens
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £25.00 £22.50
Child £12.50 £11.25
Family £60.00 £54.00
Group (National Trust) N/A £3.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £15.00
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £7.50
Christmas - National Trust house
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £5.00
Child N/A £2.50
Family N/A £12.50

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

 

*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

To visit the house a grounds ticket must be purchased. CHRISTMAS from 11 Nov-2 Jan, there will be a charge for all visitors (including National Trust and Art Fund members) to see the festive Enchanted Menagerie decorated rooms in the house. The rest of the House is 'put to bed' for cleaning and conservation until 21 March 2018. Tickets are by advance booking only at www.waddesdonmanor.org or call 01296 820414.

The basics

Suitability
Suitable for children
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Other
Tickets available from 31 August

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
17 December 2017 16:30 - 18:00 Available
16:30 - 18:00 Available
20 December 2017 16:30 - 18:00 Available
16:30 - 18:00 Available
21 December 2017 16:30 - 18:00 Available
16:30 - 18:00 Available
22 December 2017 16:30 - 18:00 Available
16:30 - 18:00 Available
23 December 2017 16:30 - 18:00 Available
16:30 - 18:00 Available
24 December 2017 16:30 - 18:00 Available
16:30 - 18:00 Available
27 December 2017 16:30 - 18:00 Available
16:30 - 18:00 Available
28 December 2017 16:30 - 18:00 Available
16:30 - 18:00 Available
29 December 2017 16:30 - 18:00 Available
16:30 - 18:00 Available
30 December 2017 16:30 - 18:00 Available
16:30 - 18:00 Available
31 December 2017 16:30 - 18:00 Available
16:30 - 18:00 Available
1 January 2018 16:30 - 18:00 Available
2 January 2018 16:30 - 18:00 Available

Contact Info

Name
Bookings
Email
bookings.waddesdon@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01296 820414

Upcoming events

Letter Writing to Father Christmas

Sun 17 Dec 2017
11:00-18:00
Father Christmas is waiting to receive your Christmas list.

Children's Christmas house trail

Sun 17 Dec 2017
11:30-18:00
Discover more about the manor on our special children's trail this Christmas.

An Enchanted Menagerie, in the house

Sun 17 Dec 2017
11:30-18:00
This year we celebrate the weird and wonderful animals of Waddesdon. See an elephant parade inspired by an 18th-century musical automaton to a life-sized zebra and trees decked with birds and mythical beasts.

Paddington Children's Afternoon Tea

Sun 17 Dec 2017
14:30-17:00
To celebrate the return of Paddington Bear to the big screen this winter, Craig, our head pastry chef has created a limited edition Paddington Afternoon tea for your marmalade loving cubs (or kids) to enjoy over Christmas.

Festive Afternoon Tea

Sun 17 Dec 2017
14:30-17:00
Treat yourself to a sumptuous festive afternoon tea, with a selection of savoury treats and sweet fancies and a glass of prosecco, served in the historic Manor Restaurant.

Waddesdon Imaginarium

Sun 17 Dec 2017
16:30-18:00
From dusk you can enjoy a new light and sound show projected onto the Manor created by the Guildhall School.