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Waddesdon’s Fab Feast

It's not just scoffing on offer Waddesdon Manor's Feast. Check out these performers and book in for this unique festival on Sat 16 - Sun 17 June.

There are already over 70 reasons to go to Waddesdon for their Feast weekend on Sat 16 and Sun 17 June. That’s the number of stalls brimming with artisan delicacies, delicious meals to eat there and then, and drinks to quaff or take home. And of course there’s the beautiful house and gardens themselves, the jewel in the crown of the National Trust. But in case you didn’t know, Waddesdon Feast is also host to a large number of unique and crowd-pleasing performers. Here are Muddy’s top picks.

Mr Wilson’s Second Liners (Sat only)

Photo: Duncan Elliot

Quintessential New Orleans meets 90s club classics if you can imagine such a thing. This band from up North relives the heyday of Manchester’s Haçienda and impresario Tony Wilson with their unusual renditions of dance floor fillers from the 90s. Perhaps I should seek out my fluffy bra from my clubbing days? Colourful and crazy (the band, not me), they’ll be wandering Waddesdon’s lawns and powering up the nostalgia in their unique dixie-sound way.

 

The World’s Tallest Bubbleologist

I still love a bubble (and not just in my glass), don’t you? Great fun for kids and adults, the World’s Tallest Bubbleologist will amaze with smoke bubbles, fire bubbles, people inside bubbles, bubble sculptures and whale sized bubbles. I’m guessing he’s on stilts which is impressive enough in itself in my book.

 

Captive by Motionhouse

A cross between pole dancing and acrobatics, the 4 performers get themselves all tangled up inside this cage’. Impressive to watch with heart thumping music, it’s inspired by a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke and is apparently saying something about captivity. Answers on a postcard to the usual address please.

 

Snap Happy Paparazzi

Feel like a celeb for the day as these short-sighted shutter-happy photographers roam the grounds seeking the rich and famous. Total wonderful silliness.

Waddesdon.org.uk

 

The Actual Reality Arcade

Show your kids what life was like before screens through this life-sized interactive game zone inspired by classic arcade games. Become Pac-Man, build Tetris walls and shoot aliens and say ‘nah’ to virtual reality.

 

The DukeBoxes

Two 1950s duke boxes come to life as wig-wearing, puppet performing, lip-syncing performers create classic pop music videos. Might confuse the kids but I’ll be rockin’ it (another good reason to seek out the fluffy bra).

 

Time for Tea

The Bullzini family tell the story of funambulist history (tightrope walking to you and me) in this vintage family-friendly high wire show.

 

L-ve Hangman

When I can drag them from their screens, my kids love a bit of hangman. Even better in this version, they’ll get to see the condemned hanged (well, sort of). Guess the mystery words to win or he gets it.

Feast costs £5 with a grounds ticket (£17.50 for adults, £8.50 for children). Wine tasting in the Waddesdon cellars with experts from the Wine Shop costs £10.

Waddesdon.org.uk

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