Light relief: Waddesdon Manor brightens up the start of 2022 with its Winter Light display
Begin 2022 with sparkle and bright lights, as Waddesdon Manor extends its Winter Light programme into the new year.
Visitors to the manor can see the gardens awash with colour and dazzling light displays until January 23, Thursday to Sunday, 2pm-8pm.
Highlights include a sound and light display projected onto the manor’s façade, immersive interactive light features and trees bathed in changing colours as part of a musical walk-through light show.
Along the Winter Light trail, visitors can also experience a tunnel of light loops, a huge ‘pixel pyramid’ that stands over six metres tall at the stables and four-metre-high Giant Dandelion sculptures.
Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury, was built at the end of the 19th century by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the style of a French early 16th-century château, as a weekend retreat where he could entertain friends and family. Baron Ferdinand was an inspired collector and the house was designed to showcase his exceptional collection of English and French paintings, French 18th-century furniture, Sèvres porcelain, and other decorative arts. When Ferdinand died in 1898 he left Waddesdon to his sister, Alice.
Upon her death the house passed to a French cousin, James de Rothschild, who inherited a substantial part of his father, Baron Edmond’s, great art collection. In 1957, to ensure its future in perpetuity, Waddesdon was bequeathed to the National Trust.
The Rothschild family continues to run Waddesdon on behalf of the National Trust through the Rothschild Foundation under the chairmanship of Lord Rothschild.
Visitors will also encounter an exhibition of light works by Leo Villareal at the Coach House Gallery. Leo Villareal is the acclaimed American light artist behind London’s Illuminated River project, a monumental public art commission that lights nine of central London’s iconic bridges and has transformed the Thames at night. This project is also the inspiration for a display of lanterns, lightboxes and boats that have been decorated by local schoolchildren and arranged to transform Miss Alice’s Drive into an illuminated woodland walk.
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To find out more and book your tickets at www.waddesdon.org.uk