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Colourscape – go see!

Colourscape at Waddesdon Manor is a revelation - not sure who enjoyed it more, me or the kids! Read my review and go before it ends on Sunday.

I had a crazy turn this bank holiday weekend and took the whole goddam thing off!

Started at the David Hockney exhibition with my kids on Saturday (alas, now finished) – totally LOVED it, and I’d forgotten how cool the Tate is.

stone building arch ceiling pillars hanging light hoop

Sunday was a day out with Mr Muddy at Common People in Oxford without children (*thud*). Rag n Bone man was great n all, but my heart was lost to warm-up act Elvana, an Elvis/Nirvana tribute act that was hilarious and totally inspired.

elvis tribute squatting on stage blue lights

Then yesterday  – come on, stay with me here – we went en masse to Colourscape at Waddesdon Manor and you have to go (well, you don’t have to of course, but I’d recommend it!).

lady lit up red purple background

It was absolutely awesome – 56 interlinked chambers of colour and sound on the Aviary lawn of this gorgeous Rothschild mansion house in mid Bucks, but that description doesn’t do justice to what is effectively a mind-bending art installation filled at every turn with beautiful colours, shapes and occasionally blokes playing strange musical instruments and women hippy-dancing in front of your mind-boggled children.

woman dancing in red light

Mad woman dancing around – the kids were fascinated

man playing flue in multicoloured light tunnel

Mad bloke playing a flute

Photos probably tell the tale better than I can write it.

boy in glasses lit up orange

Oldest Mudlet

child running through multicoloured tunnel multicoloured tunnel two Giant circles

It looks really trippy and, er, it was!

There were massive queues the day I visited (though it was midday on Bank Holiday Monday so I was there at the busiest time) and you can’t pre-book a time slot so you’ll have to be prepared to wait a bit.

But to be honest it wasn’t a problem – the kids went off to look at the rose garden and Aviary and to rugby tackle each other into submission on the grass, the adults had a couple of coffees and it was all worth it for 30 minutes of unexpected joy and fun.

bunting around trees colourscape tunnel from outside

The structure from the outside

Colourscape ends this Sunday 4 June and runs from  10.30am – 4.30pm but be aware that the charmingly bonkers live performance bit only happens between 11am – 3.30pm, so I’d recommend timing it with that in mind. Also, if you’re an NT member, don’t keel over when they ask for money – this is an ‘extra’ and costs £5 per adult and £3 per child. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat afterwards, The Crown at Granborough is 15 minutes away in the car – ideal for kids, very relaxed with decent food, lovely outdoor eating area and a large enclosed garden.

As always let me know if you make it – I hope you love it as much as I did.

Hero x

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1 comment on “Colourscape – go see!”

  • Pete May 30, 2017

    I went to Colourscape yesterday too, on your recommendation. It was one of the best things I’ve been to in a long time. Reminded me of Ibiza, 1997. My kids were blown away too. Couldn’t recommend it more. A must see.


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