Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

It has become something of a traditional at The Magical Christmas Wreath Company that we pop across to Waddesdon Manor for our first Christmas lunch each year. It enables us to take a breath before the super busy Christmas rush lands at our door. They also do a spiffing Christmas pudding and brandy butter ice cream that I spend all year dreaming about. For those that can't quite cope with turkey and all the trimmings just yet can grab a bite or a coffee at the outdoor pavilion or the stables.

Light artist Bruce Munro has returned to Waddesdon Manor this year with six new large scale outdoor light installations to add a little Christmas magic to the grounds once the winter sun goes down. 

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Waddesdon Manor
Aylesbury
Bucks
HP18 0JH

36 comments:

  1. What a fun tradition! Now that it is so chilly and dark, all I wanna do is eat. And that Christmas pudding with brandy butter ice cream sounds yum yum good!! Cool light show!

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    1. The elves and I get through a lot of mince pies to help us work through Christmas:)
      Some of our wreath customers even leave us out a plate of milk and mince pies!
      How nice is that!

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  2. Oh my Paul- I'd be dreaming about the pudding and ice cream too! That hazy image of the estate is gorgeous. All the lights make it look so festive-- another wonderful tour you've invited us to. Thanks for taking us to such beautiful places--
    Xoxo
    Vicki

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the trip Vicki. Everything looks even more beautiful after Christmas pud and brandy butter ice cream :))

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  3. You got me at Brandy butter ice cream!! I can taste it Paul..how wonderful.

    However is the installation produced with those large balls and swirls inside? Magical..just like your blog!

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    1. I think they contain nylon fibres which refract and bend the coloured lights beautifully Bren. It truly is magical! xx

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  4. Wow, Paul what a gorgeous place. Love that foggy photo! The building itself looks amazing. What a nice tradition! I love when you can look forward to something like that pudding! I wish I could go too. (You know how I am about monuments and food!) Here in the states we are weak on puddings and the like. Damn everyone and their low carb/fat, etc.

    The light installation is very fun. Is that a holiday boutique? I love it! Glad you could chill a bit before the onslaught! Take care Paul!
    xxKim

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    1. Next time you are in the UK you must make a detour to visit Waddesdon, I know you and the boys would have a fantastic time. Have a look a their website!

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  5. How fun! I've always wanted to visit England at Christmastime, and this will be added to my list of must sees should I ever get there during November or December. I hope you don't work too hard over the next few weeks before St. Nick arrives!

    xo Kat

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    1. The great thing about Waddesdon Manor is that they have an incredible diary of events throughout the year Kat, so you can visit at any time.
      We are already full steam ahead for Christmas, I love the energy of it all! x

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  6. it's beginning to look like christmas... :)

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  7. Wonderful Pictures, the Lightshow is brilliant and the house - wow!

    Sigrun

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  8. Dear Paul - the outdoor restaurant looks as if it has flown in all the way from Turkey! and Bruce Munro has excelled himself creating light magic in Waddesdon grounds.

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    1. It was a little nippy for me to eat outside this time, so I opted for the snug and warmth of the Manor restaurant inside right by the windows with that fab view!

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  9. How stunning Paul...... Love the sound of the brandy butter ice-cream!

    Sophia x

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    1. That brandy butter ice-cream is worth the trip alone Sophia! So yummy!x

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  10. HOLY COW

    You did it. I knew you would share some of the most magical European experiences for the holidays and the fun has only begun. Thank you Paul! Anita

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    1. It really has only just begun Anita. We haven't even hit December yet and we are living it up in the full festive spirit! Watch this space:) x

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  11. Stunning! Those lights are out of this World. Waddesdon manor is definitely your happy place. Thank you for sharing!

    This place is on my Bucket list now for sure especially would love to try that pudding and Brandy ice cream one day.

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    1. I didn't realise until this year, that I do appear to have turned into a Waddesdon super fan Pamela, it definitely is my happy place! I think I may have been a Rothschild in a former life!
      You'll love it whenever you go, there's always something wonderful happening there. x

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  12. How about the tent - are those sheepskins on the chairs to snuggle into on a chilly English afternoon while stuffing plum pud and brandy butter? Heavenly!

    Lovely place, thanks for sharing Paul - hope it has you all geared up to face the Christmas rush soon to be here.

    Hugs - Mary - where North Carolina still is golden, warmish and glorious in Autumn dress (see my post today).

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    1. Hi Mary, yes aren't the sheepskins gorgeous, all snug and cosy:)
      You know us, we are all geared up and super organised here as the Christmas rush has already started. Love it! X

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  13. That looks good Paul! I think I will join the two of you too :-) Hope your Christmas lunch at Waddesdon will be a success! The place looks really classy.

    Happy evening,

    Madelief x

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    1. Christmas lunch at Waddesdon is always a winner Madelief, you certainly needs the grounds to walk it off afterwards though, phew!

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  14. Beautiful! I love the photos and the wonderful grounds and colourful lights. That would get me in the Christmas spirit fast. Christmas pudding with rum sauce was a family tradition when I was growing up. Fond memories. :) Pamela

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    1. Bruce Munro has shown his light works at Waddesdon before and I think this is his best year yet.

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  15. Paul this looks magical, and the tasty treats sound delicious. It is a little hard to get in the Christmas spirit as it is 70 and hot but I am trying my hardest.

    Thanks for sharing your adventures and your magic, you are a very special person and your writing, humor and beautiful creations make many happy.

    Have a beautiful weekend, Elizabeth

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    1. I'm so glad I can bring a little Christmas magic your way Elizabeth.
      Remember, if the heat gets too unbearable then give me a shout and I'll bring my snow machine over to you! X

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  16. Dear Paul,
    first time this year that I felt a little bit like Christmas (though on the Kudamm they have Christmas trees already, and the many Weihnachtsmärkte in Berlin will open soon).
    The light-installations are beautiful - thank you for the photos! Britta

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    1. I'm definitely in the Christmassy mood already now Britta:)

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  17. that mist is breathtaking...and evokes all kinds of emotion for me...from fall through winter!

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  18. OMG, how far is this from Cardiff. You got me all Christmas tingly with this one!
    Where's that bloody map! JOHN, get the car fired up, were going out!
    Di
    xoxo

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    1. Ha ha, love that!
      Its about two hours from Cardiff Di and you could fill the entire day there, scoffing your face and nosing around the house and quaffing a drinkipoo or two.
      I didn't have time this trip but the interior is INCREDIBLE and houses several of my favourite paintings, you'll know which ones they are when you see them.
      The east and bachelor wings are dressed so fabulously for Christmas and worth the trip alone, completely OTT gorgeousness.
      The wine cellars are also.....very inspiring, plus the gardens. I'm a big fan. X

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