Enter a winter wonderland at Kew Gardens this Christmas - with Father Christmas, winter tree tours, vintage carousel and roasted chestnuts!
Sat 8 Dec 2012 - Sun 6 Jan 2013
Come and celebrate the festive season at Kew Gardens this year, complete with Santa’s Grotto for the kids, late night retail therapy for avid shoppers and delicious Christmas treats for all!
Lara Mistry, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s Festival Manager, says, “Christmas at Kew is all about celebrating with your family and friends. With an array of festive activities, Kew is a great stop for a festive day out.”
For you at Kew
There is no better place to buy your Christmas tree this year than at Kew’s Victoria Plaza shop, where you can also find a variety of festive and botanically inspired presents and stocking fillers for the whole family. Exclusive products include a range of Kew-inspired St Nicholas Christmas tree decorations, as well as Jo Edwards cashmere scarves and Anna P handmade bags, available to buy from September.
Escape the bustle of the high street and take advantage of late night shopping at Kew Gardens, every Thursday in December. With a 20% discount available for night owls, you can’t afford to miss out! Alternatively spend over £100 throughout December in any of Kew’s shops and get a voucher for £20 off in January, or spend just £25 and get a free David Nash bag for life.
You can also shop online, where you will receive a 15% discount and free delivery for orders over £100.
David Nash at Kew: A Natural Gallery...
See David Nash’s magnificent sculptures, nestled amid the wonderful winter landscape at Kew this Christmas. Alternatively, escape the cold and be inspired by his works in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, the Temperate House and the Nash Conservatory. Find out more about the exhibition.
Enjoy some festive treats at Kew Gardens with roasted chestnuts and mulled wine available on weekends outside the south end of the Princess of Wales Conservatory. For something a little heartier, visit Kew’s Orangery restaurant to try our special festive menu and relax amidst the Christmas wreaths.
Once the Christmas festivities are over, bring your Christmas tree (minus decorations) to Brentford Gate during opening times and have it recycled for free by our arboretum team. Available from Boxing Day until mid January 2013.
For kids at Kew
Bring your little ones along to meet Father Christmas in his grotto, located in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, which will be open for free from Sat 8 to Sun 23 December 2012, midday until 3.30pm, with last entry at 3pm.
After the kids have visited Father Christmas, take them for a ride on our stunning vintage carousel on Kew Palace lawn, from Sat 8 Dec to Sun 6 Jan, 10.30am until 4pm daily (adult £2, child £2, an adult accompanying a child under five is £1).
For very young children, why not take a spin in our mini vintage car ride, which runs from 10.30am to 4.00pm daily (adults £3, children £2).
Whether it’s Rudolph, an elf, or even a Christmas pudding, your children will love getting their faces painted as a festive character at Climbers and Creepers, Kew’s indoor play area. 10.30am to 3.30pm daily (£4 per face, £7 for two).
Hands on sessions...
For the curious kids, big and small, Kew’s volunteer guides will be offering free sessions in the Orangery restaurant, where families can learn about symbolic plants and trees associated with the festive season. Sessions run on Wednesdays and Sundays, between 12-2pm.
Winter trees at Kew Gardens
Winter trees tour...
Take a free guided tour of Kew's trees this winter. The walks are daily and start from the volunteer’s desk at Victoria Plaza (8 Dec - 6 Jan 2013, 11am - Introduction to Kew, 12.30pm - David Nash Tour, 1.30pm - Winter Trees Tour).
If you prefer to go at your own pace, just pick up a leaflet at the gates and try a self-guided ‘Winter Walk’.
Come and see Kew’s beautiful Christmas tree at Victoria Gate, decorated with traditional twinkling lights, it is sure to create a truly festive atmosphere in the Gardens.
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- Adults £14.50, concessions £12.50, free for children under 17 (with an adult)
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- Website: www.kew.org
Sat 8 Dec 2012- Sun 6 Jan 2013:
- Gates close at 4.15pm
- Last entry to the Gardens, the Glasshouses, Galleries and the Xstrata Treetop Walkway is 30 minutes before closing at 3.45pm
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Kew receives funding from the UK Government through Defra for approximately half of its income and is also reliant on support from other sources. Without the voluntary monies raised through membership, donations and grants, Kew would have to significantly scale back activities at a time when, as environmental challenges become ever more acute, its resources and expertise are needed in the world more than ever. Kew needs to raise significant funds both in the UK and overseas. Members of the public can support the work of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership by getting involved with the ‘Adopt a Seed, Save a Species' campaign. For £25 an individual can adopt a seed or for £1000 anyone can save an entire species.www.kew.org/adoptaseed
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