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Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest 2023, UK

1 September 2023 - 3 September 2023

£17.20 – £18.20

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The Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest promises to be the hottest event of the summer. The manor house built for the Baron de Rothschild in the 1870s to entertain guests and exhibit his works of art, will be turned into a chilli festival for one weekend in late August.

Some of the country’s most loved independent suppliers will descend upon the 19th Century manor house for a weekend of spicy feasting with artisan producers, live music, and fun for the family, as well as salsa lessons. Take the opportunity to explore the house and wander around the wonderful gardens, as entrance is free with a Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest ticket.

Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest Stallholders

Chilli Fest 2017. Image Adam Hollier (c) National Trust, Waddesdon manor (2)
Chilli Fest 2017. Image Adam Hollier (c) National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

More than 70 stallholders will sell everything to do with the chilli, from cakes to cheese and chutneys to oils. A full list of the food and drink producers at the fair can be found here.

For more inspiration to attend read Mark Bibby Jackson’s Great Escape to Waddesdon Manor.


Chilli Fest face painting. Image, Adam Hollier (c) National Trust, Waddesdon Manor
Chilli Fest face painting, Adam Hollier (c) National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

There will be live music from local performers and entertainment for the kids. Further details can be found here.

Chilli Festival tickets allow you entrance to Waddesdon Manor itself.

When is the Waddesdon Manor Chilli Fest?

1 to 3 September 2023, (10am to 5pm), Saturday 10am to 8pm.

Chilli Fest 2017. Image Adam Hollier (c) National Trust, Waddesdon manor (3)
Chilli Fest 2017. Image Adam Hollier (c) National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

Where is the Chilli Fest?

Aviary Gardens, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH.


There is a charge of £17.20 (£18.20 on the door) for the Chilli Fest, which includes normal grounds charge. Admission is from 10am. Purchase your tickets here.

If you like your summer food festival more fragrant than spicy why not try the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival. Alternatively, dig into our round up of Summer Food Festivals in the UK and Ireland.

More information about Waddesdon Manor

Can be found here and for the Chilli Fest click here. Cover image Nina Mistryi (c) National Trust, Waddesdon Manor.


1 September 2023
3 September 2023
£17.20 – £18.20


Waddesdon Manor
Aylesbury,BuckinghamshireHP18 0JHUnited Kingdom+ Google Map
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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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