Waddesdon still open for 'Winter Walks' despite tier four Coronavirus restrictions

Waddesdon grounds will be open from January 6.

Thursday, 24th December 2020, 8:25 am
Updated Thursday, 24th December 2020, 8:28 am
Waddesdon Manor

Although the move into Tier 4 has sadly meant the Christmas event Waddesdon has had to be cancelled this festive season, there is still an opportunity to kick start 2021 with fresh air walks and some sparkle.

Due to the current restrictions, Waddesdon has taken the decision to completely cancel and refund all bookings for its Christmas event (which was due to run until 3 January) and the Winter Light evenings scheduled for January.

If you had booked a ticket for an upcoming visit, you don’t need to do anything, as they will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

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However, there is some positive news. Waddesdon’s Grounds will open from 6 January and throughout the month (instead of being open just at the weekends, as is usually the case) in order to give those living in the area an opportunity to exercise in the fresh air and to come and meet the recently arrived Elephant Family.

Opening hours are being extended to Wednesday – Sunday, 12noon – 7.30pm (with limited numbers of tickets in each hourly arrival slot, last admission slot 5pm).

These longer opening hours are designed to brighten up a visit by giving people an opportunity to enjoy the almost all of the Waddesdon outdoor Winter Light features such as the Winter Light trail and Manor façade illuminations from dusk, as well as the When You Wish Upon A Star trail down Miss Alice’s Drive, family- friendly outdoor interactive light installations and the Giant Pea-light Baubles around the Stables throughout the day.

Toilets and takeaway outdoor food and drink will be available at both the Manor and the Stables from 12noon through until 7pm.

All visitors, including National Trust members who have free admission, need to book an arrival time slot in order to help stagger admissions and provide a safe experience for everyone.*

Tickets must be booked online https://waddesdon.org.uk/The House, indoor restaurants and cafes, Wine Cellars, Shop, Coach House Gallery and the Aviary, will be closed in line with Government guidance. This is an outdoor exercise offer, so no shuttle buses will be operating.

Tickets for spaces in Premium Parking and Blue Badge should be bought with Grounds admission bookings.