Extra car park opened to accomodate Waddesdon Manor festival visitors

Malcolm entertained visitors to his birthday party

Malcolm entertained visitors to his birthday party

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The very first Feast festival to be held at Waddesdon Manor turned out to be such a success that a field still filled with big bales had to be used on Sunday to accommodate all the extra traffic.

Although Saturday was wet and drizzling 3,800 visitors still attended the outdoor event, and on Sunday when the sun was shining and it remained dry all day, the gate numbers exceeded 6,000.

New Zealand choreographer Corey Baker encouraged audience participation

New Zealand choreographer Corey Baker encouraged audience participation

Visitors came from near and far to enjoy two days of good food, live music and unique entertainment.

The North Front was beautifully decorated with garlands, flags and flowers, and a 150 metre long trestle table. Some visitors brought their own home made picnics, whilst others took advantage of the huge variety of goodies on offer from the stalls lining the driveway.

Entertainment was unique and varied ranging from the Young Pilgrims Marching Band who performed on the move around the lawns, and the Lost Luggage Porters silent movie characters searching for their station, to an amusing one set tennis amtch, strolling escaped portraits and the Ragroof Players Tea Dancers who encouraged all age groups to join them in some fancy footwork.

Chief executive Sarah Weir, still flushed from her performance with the Waddesdon Manor Staff Choir, was thrilled with the success of the weekend.

Visitors enjoyed eating their picnics at the trestle tables on the North Front

Visitors enjoyed eating their picnics at the trestle tables on the North Front

She said: “It feels really right. I didn’t just want to do another outdoor music or dance festival. Feast is unique to Waddesdon and will be our big annual extravaganza. Waddesdon is a feast for the senses and a place to feast. It has been a great event for all ages, even in the rain. I got completely soaked on Saturday butwe had budgeted for 4,000 and got 3,800, so that was pretty amazing.”

Due to the rain on Saturday the family activity marquee was full to capacity with the chance to decorate gingerbread men or design a treasure map.

On Sunday, when the sun shone all day the lawns, as well as the tables, were filled with picnickers.

Ms Weir said everyone was delighted with the success of the first year, and for the future there will be even more food stalls, entertainment and some more marquees in case of inclement weather.

The Young Pilgrims Marching Band performed throughout the weekend

The Young Pilgrims Marching Band performed throughout the weekend