Mimi's European Adventure

We're celebrating our Rothschild heritage this summer. Discover more about our European neighbours with Mimi, our feathered mascot. Take part in exciting activities and find out where the 5 Rothschild brothers set up their banks. There are small charges for each activity, normal grounds admission also applies.

Waddesdon's mascot Mimi painting

Get animated

To celebrate, we're asking you to draw pictures of Waddesdon, its residents, its collection and its grounds over the summer. Hand your drawing into us, and you may see your work feature in our special animated film. Free.

Mimi the Mynah reading a map at Waddesdon Manor

The Five Arrows trail

1 - 31 August, 10am-4pm: explore the history of the Rothschild brothers and their banking history with Mimi on our fun, interactive trail.

Waddesdon's mascot Mimi the Mynah in Italian dress

Italian week: Game of Cones

27-31 July, 10am-4pm: come and enjoy an adventure inspired by all things Italian as part of our European Adventure week. £3.50 per child.

Waddesdon's mascot Mimi the Mynah in Austrian dress

Austrian week: Climb every mountain

Wed 3-Sun 7 August, 10am-4pm: we've teamed up with the Warehouse Climbing Centre, who are bringing their 7.3m climbing wall for you to try. Experience the thrill of mountain climbing - without the Austrian Alps. £5 per child.

Mimi the Mynah, Waddesdon's mascot in a french outfit

French week: Show me the Monet

10-14 August, 10am-4pm: we are home to lots of French artistic treasures, come and get arty with us and create your own French-inspired masterpiece. £3 per child.

Waddesdon's mascot Mimi the Mynah in German dress

German week: It's a bit Grimm

Wed 17 -Sun 21 August, 10am-4pm: What better place to explore the stories of the Brothers Grimm than Waddesdon's fairytale castle? Take part in craft activities for all ages. £3 per child.

Waddesdon's mascot Mimi the Mynah in British dress

English week: It's not cricket

24-29 August (including Bank holiday Monday), 10am-5pm. Jacques of London are the inventors of some of the world's best loved games - including croquet. Come and learn how to play with help from the world experts. We'll also have other garden games to play. Spiffing. Donations welcome.