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Summer Fest Waddesdon

OMG, I can't wait! Waddesdon's Summer Fest (Sat 6 - Sun 7 July) is going to be *awesome*. Here are the best bits to see, PLUS win 2 family tickets!

A relaunch of Waddesdon Manor’s super popular summer Feast that’s been running for the past four years, Summer Fest is promising a bigger and better event on the weekend of Sat 6 – Sun 7 July, with funky street performers, a shopping village with over 20 arty makers in the Aviary Glade, live music and, of course, loads of brilliant food and drink stalls from local and regional suppliers. Pack a picnic blanket and sit amongst Waddesdon’s beautiful gardens, the jewel in the crown of the National Trust, or sit at a table on the North Front amongst the performers, flowers and miles of colourful bunting. Can’t wait? Me neither, it’s going to be AWESOME.  Here’s a little taster of what to expect on the day.


Anyone for tennis?

Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray (you got me, it’s not really them but go with it) play a live match on a tiny tennis court- a dead posh umpire, pristine patch of astroturf, plus slow motion replays, tantrums and live commentary. Just like Wimbledon, but a little (okay a lot) smaller. 


Bullzini Family

I’m getting vertigo just looking at this! Funambulist (tightrope walking to you and me) group the Bullzini Family put a contemporary spin on high-wire walking with their new balancing act Equilibrius performed on a 10 meter rope, 8 metres up in the air (*gulp*).



No need to do your hair before you get to Summer Fest, OSADIA has you covered. The Spanish street artists turn hairstyling into theatre by inviting audience members up on stage to have their hair and make up done. I’ll admit, it’s a little more provocative than my usual do, but I’ll give it a go!



Photo: Robyn Clarke Photography

10 foot tall flamingos, Issiah and Florence, will be strutting their feathers around Waddesdon’s grounds with their handler Harriet Bird across the weekend. Selfie, anyone?


Mr Wilson’s Second Liners 

Quintessential New Orleans meets Nineties club classics if you can imagine such a thing. This rabble of  mischievous northerners relive the heyday of Manchester’s Haçienda and impresario Tony Wilson with their unusual renditions of dance floor fillers from the 90s. Colourful and crazy, they’ll be powering up the nostalgia in their unique dixie-sound way.


Pif-Paf’s Submercycle and Flycycle

Captain Bigshot and his Flycycle and Captain Calypso and his Submercycle will be peddling around the festival and picking up passengers who want to hitch a ride for a unique mix of story telling, time travelling and the odd bit of turbulence.

Looks brilliant don’t you think? Very creative, lots of fun for kids, and Waddesdon is the National Trust’s self-styled ‘Jewel in the Crown’, so anyone who has seen it in the flesh will know it’s super-beautiful too.


Summer Fest, Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Bucks, HP18 0JH. £5, £2.50, £12.50 for an adult/child/family ticket on the day (plus grounds admission which is £14/£7,£35).

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