Feeling Festive at Waddesdon Manor

Yesterday my family and I went to visit one of our favourite National Trust properties, Waddesdon Manor. We had planned the visit as a surprise for my Grandma, who has recently moved back to England, as the house is decorated and illuminated for Christmas and the grounds host Bruce Munro’s ‘Field of Light’ installation. Unfortunately the weather was against us as it rained continuously throughout the day but it did not spoil our enjoyment of the day or stop us getting in the festive mood.

The house was decorated beautifully with the theme of ‘Magical Materials’. Each room featured a different material from precious materials such as gold and silver through to more everyday materials such as paper. Each room was so detailed and well presented that it was impossible to know where to look first. A gingerbread man was hidden in each room for children to find as part of a trail. However I enjoyed it just as much as the young children as they were decorated so intricately.

After a stroll around the Christmas market and a quick lunch we headed down to The Stables to see the Biscuiteers creation of a gingerbread Waddesdon Manor. It was amazing and looked exactly like the real house itself. Every little painting and piece of furniture appeared to have been replicated. I particularly liked the Billiards Room with the scoreboard on show. It reminded of the Queen Mary’s Dolls House at Windsor Castle because of the attention to detail.

Once we had warmed ourselves up we had a walk around the grounds to see the house illuminated in different colours and to see Bruce Munro’s ‘Field of Light’. We saw this installation last year but I think it was bigger this time which made it even more impressive. It was well worth getting soaked and muddy to see!

There is nothing I love more than the lights at Christmas and seeing how different places are decorated. After visiting Waddesdon I am finally in a Christmasy mood and ready to put up our own Christmas tree. I would highly recommend going to visit the house and grounds, especially at Christmas, as it is so stunning.

Have you been to Waddesdon Manor or another National Trust property? Are there any places you would recommend visiting at Christmas? I would love to hear if anyone had any suggestions!

Thanks for reading,

Becca x



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