Despite cultural organisations around the world closing their doors as a precaution to reduce the spread of coronavirus, access to bite-sized pieces of history, art and culture is arguably now more important than ever, offering much-needed respite during these anxious and uncertain times.
From archive recipes and Waddesdon junk modelling to home schooling resources, there are a number of ways to enjoy family fun at Waddesdon, the Rothschild House & Gardens in Buckinghamshire, from your home. Check out some of the simple, fun activities to do with children:
- On the website
- Try some recipes from the archive
- Join in the ‘build your own Waddesdon’ competition
- Find fun home schooling activities
- Waddesdon’s YouTube channel with over 100 films
Waddesdon Manor was built at the end of the 19th century by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. Ferdinand wanted the exterior of the house to be in the style of the French Renaissance châteaux of the Loire valley and engaged a French architect, Gabriel-Hippolyte Destailleur. Now Waddesdon is asking you to become an architect and build your very own Manor from home. Use whatever you can find…cardboard, Lego, cereal boxes or even cake!
Share your masterpiece using #WaddesdonOnline and be in with a chance to win a family ticket to visit once Waddesdon re-opens. Find out more at waddesdon.org.uk/explore-waddesdon-online/fun-for-families-online.
You can also delve into Waddesdon’s archive, and discover a selection of recipes that would have been enjoyed by Ferdinand, Alice or James and Dorothy de Rothschild. Rustle up some ginger nut biscuits or try your hand at a ‘special’ chocolate cake recipe, and share your finished bakes using #WaddesdonOnline. waddesdon.org.uk/explore-waddesdon-online/fun-for-families-online
Alternatively, Waddesdon’s fun and simple learning resources are perfect to engage and entertain the kids while schools are closed. Create origami tulips, design Baron Ferdinand’s fancy dress outfit, or make a Delft pop-up Easter card. waddesdon.org.uk/your-visit/schools/information-for-teachers/learning-resources
The social media team will also be doing their best to bring the interiors, gardens and Aviary at Waddesdon to you until the time comes when Waddesdon can open its doors again.