Water Terrace Cafe & Ai Wei Wei Exhibition at Blenheim Palace | Woodstock

The last of this year's warm sunny Sunday was spent at the beautiful Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. It was Winston Churchill's birthplace, now the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was awarded in 1987.

Blue glazed porcelain Bubbles by Ai Weiwei

We were also lucky that Ai Weiwei's largest UK art exhibition just launched at the Blenheim Palace. It will be running until 14th December 2014. This exhibition sees over 50 of the artist's artwork dotted around the palace rooms and garden space. He had Coca-Cola logo printed on a Han Dynasty vase, photos taken of him hung sideways giving the finger towards stately homes and buildings around the world, a wooden handcuff on Winston Churchill's birth bed, and many more that gets you thinking about the contrast and irony of his art with its surroundings. A thought provoking art exhibition.

2,300 porcelain replicas of freshwater crabs represented the number of guests Ai Weiwei invited to a party before the government destroyed his studio in Shanghai.

Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold

Chicken and leek pie with mash

Sausage and mash

The sausage and mash, and chicken pie was very well cooked and had very good ingredients. What could be better than to have a proper British meal in the sun, with such an amazing view of the garden and beautiful fountain.

Blenheim Palace’s own pure mineral water, sourced and bottled on the Blenheim estate, & scones.

The Blenheim Palace Natural Mineral Water had a story attached to it where Henry II built a pleasure pool for his mistress, Rosamond Clifford in the 12th Century. And according to legend, the ancient spring that used to feed the pool has never dried up. It is now named the Rosamund’s Well with which the water remains highly valued for its pure and delicious taste. 

The Water Terrace Cafe

A romantic seating area in a romantic setting

The Indian Room which we were lucky enough to take a peek. Such a beauty.

If you are visiting soon, remember to convert your day pass to an annual pass at no extra cost, so you can come back any time throughout the year.

For those of you who are interested in knowing more about Ai Weiwei, there are two documentaries you have to check out; Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case


Beautiful palace and gardens. Enjoyed the exhibition.


It is a little track from London but hey, a train and cab ride takes you here pretty comfortably.

Will I return?

Yes. I have converted my day pass to an annual one so I have all year to be back on this beautiful ground.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace
OX20 1PP Woodstock,UK
Tel: +44 (0)1993 810530


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