May half-term fun at Waddesdon

Yippee it's nearly summer and we've lots for you to do this May half-term. Go on an amazing journey through Colourscape, a giant inflatable full of light, colour and music and go wild in our Woodland Playground. Whatever the weather this half-term you can enjoy your school holiday at Waddesdon.

Colourscape returns to Waddesdon Manor

Take a colourful journey

Colourscape is back this May half-term, Sat 25 May-Sun 2 June, 10.30am-4.30pm. Take an incredible journey full of light, colour and music. Suitable for all ages, it will be an experience you'll never forget.

The Woodland Playground at Waddesdon

Our magical woodland playground

If you like running, jumping, swinging, climbing and playing all day long, you're going to love our woodland playground. Suitable for tiny tots to young teens. Open Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm, you'll find it just past the summer house on your way to the Stables.

Spot rare and beautiful birds in our Aviary
Spot rare and beautiful birds in our Aviary
Spot rare and beautiful birds in our Aviary


The Aviary

Included in your grounds ticket, 10am-5pm
Sat 25 May-Sun 2 June inclusive.

Our working Aviary houses a colourful collection of rare exotic birds, many close to extinction. Come and learn about where the birds come from, and how we breed and protect them.

Look out for our resident Rothschild Mynah when you visit the Aviary, the inspiration for our mascot Mimi the Mynah.

Meet the keeper

Included in your grounds ticket
Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 2pm

Join our free 20 minute talk given by a member of the Aviary team and learn more about what it takes to look after endangered birds.

Inside the house

Sat 25 May-Sun 2 June inclusive.  Normal admission charges apply.
Wed-Fri: 12pm-4pm, last entry 3.10pm
Sat-Sun: 11am-4pm, last entry 3.10pm

Waddesdon's conservatory looking out to the South Front
Waddesdon conservatory looking out to the south front parterre
Waddesdon's conservatory looking out to the South Front

A perfect thing to do if it starts raining. Pop into the house and take cover and while you're there take a look at the beautiful rooms and amazing collection of items Baron Ferdinand collected. Did you know we have lots of animals inside the house, can you spot the monkey clock and the sparkly elephant? See how many more you can find?


Useful info for grown-ups
  • Baby-changing and feeding facilities at both the Manor and Stables
  • Front-carrying slings and hip-carrying infant seats are available for loan when visiting the house
  • Children's menus are available in both our restaurants
  • Plenty of open spaces for running about
  • Under 5's can bring their scooters and small bikes into the grounds. We suggest the pathways near the aviary and rose garden are the best places to use