Lights and Legends - Christmas at Waddesdon Manor 2015

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas and this is definitely true at Waddesdon Manor.

For the first time we ventured into the house last weekend. I'm so glad we did.

Most of the National Trust properties we have visited this year, including our 8 visits to Waddesdon, we have mostly explored the grounds and not gone in to the buildings. However, as the weather was not great we thought it might be a good opportunity to go inside the Manor and keep out of the wind!

It turned out it was definitely the right decision. Much of the grounds were closed off due to the winds including the playground.

But the really great thing was that the house has just re-opened and is decorated for Christmas. It's beautiful!

The theme throughout the rooms is Lights and Legends with different myths, stories and rituals from around the world reflected through the decorations and lighting.

There are so many big trees, each with a different theme.

My favourite themes were Peter Pan in the bathroom and The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe in one of the bedrooms.

The other bonus was that there was a Trail throughout the house with stickers to collect. This was great to keep Little Miss A's interest. Only certain rooms in the house are accessible but it was an ideal way to see some of the inside and was just the right amount of time for us to be in the house before Little Miss A was keen for us to go out.

We stopped for a quick hot drink before heading home. The great way to spend a couple hours out and about. So glad that we have Waddesdon on our doorstep and can pop there just for a few hours without having to make a day trip out of it.

Entry into the decorated rooms in the house is on a timed ticket basis for all visitors so it's worth booking in advance. We just booked that morning and got the second slot of the day but I imagine it will be better to book further in advance the closer to Christmas it gets.

I'm so pleased we went inside the Manor and it has definitely made me feel more Christmasy now!

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