Waddesdon in Gingerbread; if you want an unusual attraction in your house next Christmas, you could have it modelled in gingerbread.
The pre-Christmas period is an important season for National Trust properties, more and more are opening and dreaming up attractions to entice visitors. Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire is certainly something special, this time of year, setting the standard for others to follow. In the grounds there are amazing light shows set to music whereas in the house, there are many unusual and creative themed Christmas Trees whilst behind the house you will find a large Christmas market stocked with plenty of goodies and food.
Star Attraction – Waddesdon in Gingerbread
The impressive stables, a short walk away from the house, housed the highlight for Christmas 2016, here you could find a detailed model of the French Renaissance-style chateau in Gingerbread and Icing. It took the Biscuiteers’ team from London over 500 hours to make. They used over 30 kg of butter, 240 eggs and 216 kg of icing. The level of detail is amazing showing intricate details of the carpets, paintings and furniture. Quite something to enjoy and show off to your friends and family after Christmas dinner instead of the traditional pudding.
Waddesdon belongs to the National Trust with entry free to members, unusually it is managed by a semi-independent trust headed by Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild, who has been a substantial benefactor. Without his support it is unlikely that such a grand Christmas centrepiece would be possible. Waddesdon is located just north of Aylesbury. The house has a fine collection of French 18th-century decorative arts, 17th- and 18th-century paintings and Sèvres porcelain. The grand gardens include a Victorian Aviary, you can also visit the wine cellars housing a valuable collection of Rothchild wines.
Put a visit to Waddesdon in your diary for Christmas 2017