We were invited by the team at Waddesdon Manor today to attend their Feast 18 festival which is a huge food and wine festival.
Waddesdon Manor is part of the National Trust and is located near to Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and is a property we haven’t been to before but after our day there today we will definitely be returning.
Amelie described the manor as a Princess castle as we arrived, so we spent the walk from the car chatting about why the Princesses didn’t live there anymore and who lives there.
The true history of Waddesdon Manor is an estate planned by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild who wanted an estate where he could escape London in the summer months to entertain family and friends. The Manor was completed in 1883 and the exterior was based on the French Renaissance châteaux of the Loire valley.
Today the manor was entertaining the hundreds of people that came to sample the delights of the Feast festival. When we arrived we parked and made our way to the festival. The North Front of the Manor grounds had been transformed with flowers, flags, and tables ready for the crowds and looked stunning!
We found over 70 handpicked artisan food and wine stalls which lined the front of the Manor. Even though the car park seemed busy, the layout and size of the festival meant it didn’t feel too busy and we were able to let the girls run around and explore.
We spent a good hour or so exploring all the amazing stalls and we especially loved the prosecco cart, the amazing coffee van, the burger bar and the marshmallow stall.
There was plenty of room to have a picnic on the many tables or you could lay a picnic mat on lots of the open green space. There were canopys out so little ones and their families had some shade to eat lunch.
What we loved the most about Feast was the entertainment that surrounded the festival, with live bands, performers and activities for the little ones. Amelie and Evie loved decorating baubles which will be hanging on the Waddesdon Manor Christmas tree this year.
We really were spoilt for choice with the entertainment and the girls had such a wonderful time.
As it’s Fathers Day this weekend we decided to treat Daddy with an afternoon tea in Waddesdon Manors restaurant. There was a choice between a traditional afternoon tea (which I chose) and a Gentleman’s afternoon tea which we chose for Nick.
The food was exceptional. My afternoon tea with sandwiches, tarts, wraps and of course the sweet cakes and scones was exquisite. It was so nice that Amelie and Evie sampled most of the sweet parts of my tea.
Nicks Gentleman’s tea was an amazing selection of fish goujons, pork pie, wild mushroom soup, Parkin and Stilton, a sausage spiral accompanied by an ale. This was a Daddy’s dream!
After our food we headed back out to the festival and based ourselves near one of the bands to have a drink and let the girls dance. It was so nice to have special family time without distractions and we all really enjoyed it.
Waddesdon Manor is a beautiful house for a day trip and with the addition of Feast was one of our favourite days out – we’ll definitely be back.
Feast Festival is also on tomorrow and check out Waddesdon Manors website for other events.
*We were invited to Waddesdon Manor for a press trip and as such were given free tickets to the festival and afternoon tea. We were not paid to attend*