We have been meaning to try Waddesdon Manor for a while now, and since last weekend was “Free Heritage Open Days” we thought it was the perfect time to visit.
It should have taken us 50 minutes to get there from Milton Keynes, it is close to Aylesbury but my iPhone sat nav, which normally works really well, directed us via the worst possible route ever, and not only that, it directed us into private property and we got locked in!
I couldn’t believe how vast the property was, and how beautiful.
I believe we took Nate on the perfect weekend, because not only was it free entry (normally £8 per adult), but it was also Emergency Services Day. There were: fire engines/trucks, police cars, ambulances, police dogs, police horses. Nate got to sit in the vehicles, meet real firemen/policemen, press the sirens, dress up, stroke the animals and have his finger prints taken (gulp!). He loved it! Oh and Peppa Pig randomly showed up too, which Nate is just starting to get in to.
We booked to take a tour around the actual house, and I was surprised at how long it held Nate’s attention. You wouldn’t expect a fancy house with ornate furnishings to be of interest to a toddler, but luckily there were a multitude of large paintings and embroidered furnishings that included some kind of transport or animal on and Nate loved pointing them out “look mummy boat…doggy…horse”.
The adventure playground is a great facility, it is at various points on a steep hill, with apparatus for older children at the top of the hill (clearly marked), and those toddlers at the bottom. This area of the estate is very steep, so bare in mind if you are not an able walker. Although pushchairs/wheelchairs do have access, but again very steep.
Personally, if there was not an external family event going on (Emergency Services Day) I don’t think a toddler would get a lot from Waddesdon Manor. Although, sometimes it is nice to do something for the grown-ups sometimes! They do, however, have a regular schedule of events that would certainly be very enticing in the future. They have many Halloween activities coming up at the end of October, during half-term, for example: Halloween orienteering activity, free Halloween colouring activities, free storytelling session, face-painting in the bat cave, pumpkin carving, free Halloween arts and crafts.
In terms of facilities for families they have several restaurants and cafes located around the property, they have baby change facilities, toilets in various locations and a toy and sweet shop.
Despite getting lost it was a lovely afternoon out, it didn’t matter that the weather was not pleasant, and I am sure we will return.
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what a fantastic trip (minus getting lost!) we recently visited somewhere locally with the emergency services day and it was immense. I am so pleased you had an amazing time
thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x
Oh I wish I’d known about this it sounds great! I’m in between aylesbury and hemel so not too far either. Nice post. popping over from #pocolo
Popping back for #PoCoLo (im hosting in Vicky’s absence) thanks for linking up x
We live in Aylesbury and we have never been to Waddesdon Manor although we keep meaning to go. Nice to see a local post #PoCoLo and really enoyed reading it too 🙂
Thank you. I’ve been meaning to visit for a while too, so being free just had to go for it. I often get out and about to places near to Aylesbury as I don’t live too far away, so keep an eye on my blog for other days out. Thanks
We went to Waddesdon a couple of years ago but didn’t visit the house itself. The kids loved the playground, and I quite liked the aviary as it was a little unexpected. #pocolo
That looks so beautiful! What a fun day! My youngest (now 6) used to be into Peppa Pig! I loved that show….I hate when they grow out of such sweet shows 😦 They still love a good fire truck though! I guess boys never grow outta that, do they? Great post, thanks.
Yeah I quite enjoy watching peppa pig with him! He is becoming a little obsessed with it though, so need to curtail it some.