The Feast returns

Feast at Waddesdon Manor.
Feast at Waddesdon Manor.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, Feast returns to Waddesdon Manor at the weekend (Saturday and Sunday 18 - 19 June), providing a great chance to spoil your dad on Father’s Day.

Inspired by the historical ‘Baron’s Treat’ when Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild would invite local children to enjoy a tea party in the gardens, Feast welcomes everyone to enjoy the unique pleasures of Waddesdon and enjoy a day of fun packed entertainment and culinary delight.

The North Front of the manor will be transformed with elaborately decorated tables, where visitors can take a seat and enjoy a picnic from home, or sample some of the food on offer from one of 50 handpicked artisan food and wine stalls. Meanwhile, a range of extraordinary and captivating performances to delight and surprise visitors young and old will take place.

Returning after proving popular with the crowds last year is The Ragroof Players Tea Dance. This is a fabulous participatory event featuring music from the 1920s through to the 1950s, vintage costumes, glorious dance displays and the company’s trademark instant dance classes, with a chance for everyone to trip the light fantastic.

To further get everyone in the vintage mood, Pretty Me Vintage hair parlour will be offering free express authentic vintage hairstyling from the 1940s and 50s to transform you into a forties sweetheart or a Hollywood starlet.

The Axial Dance tea club is a strolling piece of street theatre celebrating Britian’s passion for tea and all things vintage. Trixie and Tilly, two eccentric ladies, serve fine leaf tea from a special musical trolley whilst dancing to their favourite gramophone records.

Reckless Invention present The Comedy Waiters Show combing silent comedy with graceful slapstick. And Pickled Image present The Big Bad Wolf featuring a six foot tall wolf puppet who has the gift of the gab and loves nothing better than making an exhibition of himself.

Food and drink stalls will include handmade fudge, chocolate, bread, cheese, beer, wine, biscuits, cake, meat, fish, pies, puddings and ice creams.

Visitors are advised to bring cash as the signal for card machines can be intermittent during busy times of the day.

Feast takes place from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission includes entry to the grounds and to the Red Drawing Room exhibition in the manor.

Adults £13, children £6.50, under five’s free, family (two adults, three children) £32.50.

National Trust members, adults £3, child £1.50, family £7.50.

Visitors wishing to view the house in its entirety will need to purchase an additional timed ticket either in advance (01296 653226) or from the ticket office in the car park.