Family fun at Waddesdon Manor this February half term

Little girl running in the grounds of a National Trust property

This article was about our February half-term activities in 2017. We'll be updating this with 2018 event information next year.

Outdoor orienteering week

Every day from Saturday 11 - Sunday 19 February
11am-3pm, £3 per route, cash on the day

Have some active fun at Waddesdon this half-term
Two kids orienteering in the grounds of a National Trust property

Can you handle the challenge? In association with the Thames Valley Orienteering Club, can you complete the challenge and collect all four special interlocking medals? Start and finish at the North Fountain. Suitable for all ages. Normal garden admission charges apply.

Scored orienteering events

Sunday 12, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 February
11.30am-1.15pm, £3 per route, cash on the day

Fancy a challenge this half-term at Waddesdon?
Young adults orienteering in a National Trust property

We will also have scored Orienteering events for those of a more competitive nature. In these timed races you will have 45 minutes to find as many markers and pick up as many points as possible. The winner of each event will be awarded a special trophy and all participants will receive a medal.

Family Cookery School

Every day Monday 13 - Friday 17 February
11.30am-3pm, £25

Have some fun this February half term with our family cookery school
Father and two daughters enjoying the family cookery school at Waddesdon

Have fun with the family and create a selection of chocolate treats and cakes. The day includes lunch, all ingredients and a goody bag to take home with you. Suitable for 7-11 year olds. Normal admission charges apply.

Woodland playground

Every day Saturday 11 - Sunday 19 February
11am-4pm, free with your garden entry ticket

Explore our magical woodland playground
Magical woodland playground at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

If you go down to the woods today, you'll discover our brilliant woodland playground.  From tiny tots to young teens, you are free to jump, swing, climb, skip and play all day long.  Winding through the trees our playground is a magical place to play.  Little ones can play safely at the bottom of the hill, with slides, swings and plenty of soft bark to land in.  At the top of the hill are our bird's nest swing, giant green slide and zip wire.  We've just installed some exciting new equipment including slides and climbing pieces.  So come and take a look.

I'm hungry

Family friendly dining at the Stables Cafe
Family friendly dining at the Stables Cafe

Open every day Saturday 11 - Sunday 19 February

After you've spent lots of time building dens and jumping and swinging in our woodland playground, you're going to need to fuel up with something yummy to eat, ready for the next round of fun.

So head to the Stables Cafe where you can get club sandwiches, burgers, homemade sausages and hot jacket potatoes and much more.  With a special children's menu for the under 8's.

An adventure awaits in the gardens at Waddesdon Manor
Misty view of a statue in the gardens at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Have an adventure in the gardens

Our gardens are a great place for creating adventures of your own.  With just a little bit of imagination you can have so much fun. Is that a dinosaur I see peeking out of the bushes?, quick run and hide. All the statues are coming to life, let's go and ask them what it's like to stand still for so long?

A feathery resident at our aviary
A feathery resident of the Aviary at Waddesdon Manor

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Have you seen our beautiful Rococo aviary with its exotic residents, some of which are endangered? Aviaries were often seen in Rothschild gardens, but this is the only one that can still be seen today. Historically it used to house mainly parrots but today you'll see colourful pigeons, doves, pheasants, barbets and touracos.

Open every day Saturday 11 - Sunday 19 February