I booked tickets for Waddesdon Manor Christmas Light trail 2021 back in July because I felt it was a no brainer.. if you are an NT member, the price is quite discounted (we paid 7.5£ for both of us and I never give up on a good bargain!!). Unfortunately, it did not live up to its potential at all.
There are two trails in the Waddesdon grounds; one near the aviary which is disappointing if I am honest. There really isn’t much apart from illuminated trees, a few coloured balls and light projection over the Manor..then is the riverside illumination around the Alice walk.. there is some more ( a bit better) projection over trees and then the walk is lined by lanterns made by schoolchildren and knitwork/crochet over the tree stems, which is great but the whole trail is just lanterns with a little segment with artwork.
There is not much variety which is what I didn’t like and also the two trails are apart from one another, so if you didn’t know, you can easily miss it. I have now read on the website that there was something in the parterre as well, which we completely missed!
There needs to be better sign posting !!
The atmosphere is Christmasy and the fair full of hustle or bustle, May be I got off the wrong side of the bed or may be I was expecting too much (Blenheim et al), but even then, with a place of its size and following, it should have been better..
I think my review is that of a disappointed fan weighed under by my own expectations. It does not live up to its potential.
Have you been? Are you going? Please let me know what You all think. I am very curious.. is it just me??
PS: please do get the shuttle (even though it’s a separate cost). It’s a fair trek even from the (overflow) carpark to the bus station and you don’t want that walk at that time of the evening.. also use the loo before getting on the bus (or you may regret it later)
📅 13 Nov – 3 Jan 2022.
-Other activities continue throughout the season (please see WEBSITE for more details)
🗺 Address: Waddesdon Manor, HP18 0JH
🎟 Off peak: £17 Adult, £8.50 Child- for National Trust: £5 Adult, £2.50 Child
Peak: 27-28 Nov, 4-5 and 11 Dec – 3 Jan: £19.50 Adult, £9.75 Child, for National Trust: £7.50 Adult, £3.75 Child
(please see website for more details)
🚘 Free parking but shuttle up the hill is charged (2£adult, 1£child)
🚻 Toilets and baby facilities
🍕 Refreshments available
🐕 Dogs allowed with code of conduct
🦽 Buggy accessible but if you plan to walk from the carpark, then it is up hill with various steep climbs. Try to get a shuttle, which need to be booked in advance and is separately chargeable.
🧺 Picnic allowed
Note: the House will not be open this Christmas
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