Roaming the manor for free

The Ermine Street Guard Roman re-enactment group
The Ermine Street Guard Roman re-enactment group

As the school summer holidays draw near children will be keen to get outdoors and enjoy all the wonderful things the Vale has to offer

And if your plans include a trip to Waddesdon Manor, August is the month to keep in mind. During that month entry to the house and gardens is free to children, writes Heather Jan Brunt.

One of the most exciting activities expected to appeal to children is the Roman Weekend over August 16 and 17 from 10am-5pm which is a free event.

Inspired by the Lod Mosaic exhibition currently on display in The Stables, the weekend will be enhanced by the Ermine Street Guard re-enactment group who will add a real touch of Roman life with military displays.

There will be a chance to explore Roman village life with artisans from potters to brickmakers, apothecaries, surgeons, coin makers and more. There will even be a chance to have your hair dressed in a Roman style!

Waddesdon CEO Sarah Weir OBE said: “This summer we hope to welcome as many of our local communities as possible to enjoy and relax in the great outdoors at Waddesdon.

“Please do come and make the most of this beautiful green space right on your doorstep.

“We have a real summer of fun on offer with lots of new things this year; from outdoor theatre performances to daily drop in activities throughout August to keep the children amused during the long summer holidays. “

The Jungle Book will be performed by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company in the early evening on August 15. Tickets for this event cost £14 for adults and £10 for children, £42 for a family (2+2).

A programme of activities for children runs throughout August including Wild Wednesday drop in sessions and bookable Fun Friday animal handling workshops.