The castle-like palace near Surrey with a Christmas market where families can stay the night
In just a few days, a stunning Christmas utopia near Surrey will open its doors to the public. Built in 1883, the castle-like mansion with turrets and towers will be fully decked out with stunning displays and decorations for Christmas this year.
Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire is days away from opening with a dazzling light show with animated projections appearing on the facade of the mansion, on November 22. This year, it features themed decorations that tell the tales of Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and the Snow Queen’s kingdom from the film The Lion. The witch and the wardrobe.
For the first time since 2019, the grand bachelor suite in the sprawling mansion has reopened. There, guests can find magical trails and explore the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Captain Hook’s Treasure Cave, as well as the Ice Queen’s Snow Kingdom.
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After sunset, an illuminated light trail will begin in the Aviary Gardens, with interactive installations, glowing umbrellas and twinkling stars. Lanterns shaped like tundra creatures include wolves and puffins, with the aurora borealis overhead.
Booths with the sights and smells of Christmas wafting through the air can be found in front of the house inside gorgeous wooden chalets with a mansion backdrop and a massive 20-foot Christmas tree covered in lights. Visitors will be able to try aromatic barbecue skewers, doughy churros and of course no Christmas market is complete without spiced mulled wine.
The Christmas fair for buying gifts and sweets will be open until December 17, but the food fair will be open until January 1. There is also a Christmas afternoon tea with a selection of delicious sweet treats created by our talented in-house pastry chefs. Brie and cranberry pies, smoked trout mousse and beetroot salmon with dill cream are on the menu, as well as mince pie pasta, tonka bean cakes and chestnut cakes.
Five Arrows Guest House, located at the gates of the palace, has 16 contemporary bedrooms and a modern bar within the Grade II listed property. Inside, the cozy neo-Tudor style property is decorated with pinecones and ribbon wreaths, and also has its own exciting range of festive activities such as cake decorating with Tracey Mann and paint and sip evenings.
Committed to sustainable decor, Waddesdon has pledged to reduce the use of microplastics, reusing decorations year after year. LED lights will be used as well as green energy suppliers.
Visitor information for Waddesdon Manor
times of work:
Lightly lit trail in the ground
From 22 November to 1 January 2024 (Wednesday to Sunday), from 12 noon to 7 pm (last entry at 6 pm).
November 22 to January 1, 2024 (Wednesday to Sunday), from 12 noon to 7 p.m.
From November 22 to December 17, from 12 noon to 7 p.m.
Prices from: £22 adults, £10 children (house and grounds only), £35.50 adults, £16.50 children (house and grounds)
National Trust member prices from: £11.50 adults, £5 children (house and grounds only), £16.50 adults, £7 children (house and grounds)
Full details of prices and online booking information, here.
How to get there
Waddesdon Manor is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes from Staines in Surrey, where drivers will join the M25 until Junction 16. From there, take the M40 towards Oxfordshire, exiting at Junction 7. Then continue on the A329 towards Waddesdon. The route is approximately 54 miles in total and passes through the scenic Chiltern Hills.
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