I’ve just returned from a trip to Waddesdon Manor for FEAST. Here’s what we got up to at FEAST…
On Father’s Day last month we attended the wonderful FEAST at Waddesdon Manor for a day filled with food, music and performances in the beautiful grounds. The event actually runs all weekend, but we visited on the Sunday as a treat for Theo on Father’s Day.
The event took place on the North Front, where they paid homage to Baron Ferdinand’s vision of Waddesdon. The ‘Baron’s Treat’ was a day when Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild would invite local people to enjoy a tea party in the gardens of Waddesdon Manor.
The north front was decorated with an avenue of colour, with flowers, flags, and elaborately decorated tables, where you could take a seat and enjoy a picnic on the tables, whilst admiring the performers wandering around the grounds and food on offer from one of 70 handpicked artisan food and wine stalls.
When we arrived we wandered the grounds, stopping at all the stalls and trying a few samples, before heading to watch Time for Tea by The Bullzini Family. Arabella loved this show, and was delighted when they even incorporated their own baby in to the show too. We then stopped for our picnic, grabbing a table on the North Front, whilst also watching the people walk by, and listening to the music from The JukeBoxes.
After we had finished our lunch we walked down towards The Stables for a quick coffee, before descending on the play area for Arabella to tire herself out.
It was such a lovely day, filled with lots of laughter and smiling families, and I can’t wait to visit again next year. The weather just about held out for our visit – so fingers crossed for next year!
Food and drink
FEAST had one tasty lineup, boasting the best produce available from the local area and beyond. There from over 70 handpicked artisan food and drink stalls and browse for something to take home with you. I especially enjoyed The Garlic Farm stand, where we bought some chilli jam and smoked garlic, as well as the homemade lemonade stand, where we all grabbed a lemonade to keep cool in the summer air. On the day they also had an array of food and drink themed offerings including a wine tasting for £10 and a special Father’s Day Gentleman’s Tea.
Feast Traditional & Gentleman’s Afternoon Teas
Enjoy a traditional sparkling afternoon tea of heavenly fancies and sumptuous savouries or try our special gentleman’s afternoon tea, created especially for Father’s Day.
Feast Informal Wine Tasting
The flight will showcase a total of eight wines from various Rothschild estates across the world, alongside a couple of rare and unusual handpicked guest wines.
Be entertained by a variety of captivating, international performers including a comedy chef duo, circus inspired dance and dixieland style jazz. Join in with a non-stop dance-a-thon showcasing 100 years of dance. With so many unusual and theatrical performances, there’s something for everyone.
Harminder the Elephant
This unique mechanically-powered giant puppet has been created using mainly recycled and found materials. This fusion of art and engineering allows for imagination and technology to come together in an inspiring way. MORE INFORMATION
Time for Tea by The Bullzini Family
Time for tea is a 25 minute, family friendly, tightrope and storytelling show based on classic tales from the golden age of rope walking.
Follow Madame Bonbon, a barking mad royal personality, sweeping through the town, imparting accusations as vehement as they are bewildering and compliments as barbed as they are humorous.
Snap Happy Paparazzi
These short sighted celebrity crazed photographers are always on the lookout for a good photo opportunity of someone rich and famous going about their daily lives. The only trouble is that they get a bit confused about who’s who!
Two beautiful 1950’s Jukeboxes sit side-by-side. Watch them spring to life as two performers re-create classic pop music videos in a lip-syncing musical medley, using props, masks, puppets and a terrible selection of wigs.
Captive by Motionhouse
Four dancers perform this exciting blend of dance, acrobatics and aerial work inside a large cage. Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem The Panther this show explores notions of captivity. MORE INFORMATION
Ragroof Tea Dance
The legendary Ragroof Tea Dances feature DJs playing authentic music from the 20s to 50s, glorious dance displays and instant dance classes. Everyone is welcome, no partners needed! MORE INFORMATION
*I was invited as press to FEAST by Waddesdon Manor.