Let your 2021 begin with a little sparkle with news that Waddesdon’s hugely popular Winter Light programme has now been extended throughout January.

The November lockdown has meant the first two weeks of Winter Light, part of this year’s Christmas at Waddesdon, have had to be cancelled (it was due to open on 14 November). This meant not only have thousands of tickets had to be refunded, but also the remaining December tickets have sold out very quickly. With capped visitor numbers for Christmas due to Covid-safe operating already in place, Waddesdon has decided to extend Winter Light through January to offer the opportunity for as many people possible to visit safely.

Visitors will be able to see the gardens ablaze with light, using a variety of state-of-the-art effects, combined with bespoke light installations, bringing the extraordinary landscape and woodland to life. They will also be treated to the spectacle of the façade of the Manor illuminated with dancing lights set to music.

The Winter Light trail will transform the Pleasure Grounds near the Aviary with dramatic colour and playful installations. Visitors can stroll under the stars beneath magically illuminated tree canopies and bushes draped in sparkle, with the planting transformed by moving light. There are immersive light features such as a valley of flickering flames creating a sea of fire, and dozens of suspended orbs in a sequenced walk-through musical light show.

In addition to hot take-away food and drink from the Woodland Café, Treaterie and Coffee Bar, the Manor Restaurant’s chefs have devised a special four-course dinner with a complimentary glass of Waddesdon Fizz to be enjoyed by those exploring Winter Light. Peter Tompkins, the Rothschild Wine Advisor, has also selected an optional flight of three wines, specially matched to the menu, for a sparkling evening out.

Please note: the Christmas Fair – that is open until 23 December – will not be operating 7-31 January.


Thursday to Sunday - 4-10pm (hourly arrival timeslots, last admission 9pm)

Sundays - 4-8pm, (last admission 7pm)

Prices from £5 for National Trust members, £16 non-members (no discounts for RHS, HH or Art Fund members)*

All visits must be pre-booked with day and time of arrival in order to stagger admissions and minimise crowding.

Advance booking of timed admission, parking and shuttle bus tickets is essential for all visitors, including National Trust members.

Full details of prices and online booking details can be found at https://waddesdon.org.uk/whats-on/winter-light/

For online booking see https://waddesdon.seetickets.com/content/ticket-options

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