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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.

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.

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!).


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.

Mad woman dancing around – the kids were fascinated


Mad bloke playing a flute

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

Oldest Mudlet

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.

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

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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