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UPDATED: MAD weekend at Waddesdon Manor NOT being held this year

MAD About Waddesdon Festival at Waddesdon Manor - thousands turned out to enjoy the weekend in 2013

MAD About Waddesdon Festival at Waddesdon Manor - thousands turned out to enjoy the weekend in 2013

 

Waddesdon Manor has announced that the widely popular MAD weekend will not be held this year.

The arts and music festival which has been headlined in the past by stars including Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and Jools Holland has been a part of the Vale summer calendar since 2006.

Waddesdon Manor said the event was ‘taking a break’ in 2014 but would return in 2015.

Simon Wales, head of visitor experience, said: “We have run the MAD About Waddesdon Festival every year since 2006, and it is not uncommon for established festivals – such as Glastonbury – to take a break on an occasional basis, to develop new ideas and rejuvenate formats.

“The time feels right for us to do this in order to plan for the festival’s return in 2015.

In the meantime we are presenting many new exciting events at Waddesdon during the summer months, including Colourscape (June 27-29), Oakleigh Country Fair (August 9 & 10), our ‘Roman Weekend’ (August 16 & 17) and the Summer Nights Film Screenings on September 5 & 6.”

MAD takes place in June and includes entertainers, several stages, presentations around the grounds and an opportunity for local arts groups to present their work.

Thousands of young people participate in music, art, dance and drama, with thousands of visitors enjoying their work.

The highlight of the weekend is the evening open air picnic concerts on the Friday and Saturday.

The big name artists have helped to raise funds to support the running of the festival.

 

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