Halloween Fun At Waddesdon Manor National Trust

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Friday 26 October 2018

Halloween Fun At Waddesdon Manor National Trust

Yesterday we visited Waddesdon Manor National Trust with gifted garden entrance to see what it had to offer.

Waddesdon Manor National Trust

We had previously been National Trust members but had never visited Waddesdon. It is just over an hour from where we live and has been recommended by lots of friends.

We arrived at just gone 11 and you can either catch a bus or walk to the main area. Not wanting to put the boys off immediately with loads of walking, we chose to get the bus to the stables area as this had been suggested to us by the lovely over40andamumtoone who is a regular. This is where all the Halloween activities could be found as well as a cafe and toilets.

We opted to take the Halloween creatures of the night trail. The trail is small but it certainly makes my boys more interested in going for a walk. The creatures of the night that you had to spot all had a little bit about them and their anger levels. The younger two (6 and 8) particularly likes reading these bits.

I found it amusing that this one has such a high anger level. She’s a Mum of 3 so it goes without saying!

Halloween trail at Waddesdon Manor

Who wouldn't agree with this monster? I mean no one likes a soggy bottom!

Halloween trail at Waddesdon Manor

At the end of the trail we got to pick up some glow in the dark ears. The trail costs £3 a child and I would recommend it for preschool and primary aged children.

glow in the dark ears from Halloweed trail at Waddesdon Manor

We then headed to have our picnic and over to the playground. This was fantastic. One of the reasons we have had a break from our National Trust passes was that the places near to us didn’t cater for older children in the playgrounds. This one however, was full of things for my boys to do. Zip wires, slides, a basket swing and places to build dens. We spent a good 45 minutes playing here, and could have easily stayed longer.

playground at Waddesdon Manor


Next, then walked up to the house and aviary, enjoying the gardens as we went.

Waddesdon Manor

Little man spotted a quiet hour sign so we decided we should probably stay away from there!

Quiet area at Waddesdon Manor


We had a lovely day at Waddesdon and the Halloween trail helped keep the boys happy. I have heard great things about their Christmas event which you can find out about here. Have you been? What did you think?




Disclosure: We were given complimentary tickets to the grounds but paid to do the creatures of the night trail ourselves.



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