Georgian cookery demonstrations

Event details

Various weekends between April and August 2017, 11am to 5pm
The Royal Kitchens
Included with entry to the Gardens

Event overview

Join the cooks at the Royal Kitchens at Kew as they prepare food for King George III and his family in these drop-in sessions. Find out what treats the glorious Georgians liked to indulge in.

The drop-in demonstrations take place in the Georgian kitchens near Kew Palace. There is no need to book in advance, just turn up to the kitchens any time between 11am and 5pm on the day to see the chefs in progress.

They take place on the following weekends:

1–2 April
15–17 April
29 April–1 May
17–18 June
15–16 July
26–28 August

Admission to the Georgian cookery demonstrations is included with day entry to the Gardens. 

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All Saints – Kew the Music 2017

Event details

13 July 2017, 6pm to 10.30pm
The Great Lawn

Adults: £40

Adults reserved enclosure: £60

Under 16s: £22

Under 16s reserved enclosure: £42

Transaction fees apply

Event overview

At the turn of the new millenium, All Saints were the irrepressible girl-band touched by sharply honed influences from The Shirelles through 90s hip hop, disco and slouchy club electronica.

They had 12 million+ record sales, five number one singles, two multi-platinum albums, a string of impeccable street-pop hits and double Brit award-winning generational anthem Never Ever behind them.

The newly ignited, reinvigorated, unbreakable All Saints recently returned, back on top, with their new album Red Flag.

Supported by incomparable Melanie C. Pushing the boundaries by shaking up her sound, Melanie C’s latest lushly-atmospheric album Version of Me reveals a reinvention. It’s Melanie as you have always known her – adventurous, honest, infectious pop – but as you’ve never heard her before.

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Visit the Kew the Music official website for everything you need to know about our picnic concerts including how to get here, accessibility, site map, what food is available and FAQs.

Moomin Adventures Easter trail

Event details

Saturday 1 April – Monday 17 April, 10.30am to 4pm daily

Included with entry to the Gardens

Event overview

Having woken from hibernation the botany-obsessed Hemulen is distraught – some of his favourite plants have been stolen by the mischievous Stinky! Pick up a Moomin newspaper at the gates and follow the trail around the Gardens on a quest to help find the missing plants. Explore the hidden depths of the Gardens learning all about Kew’s mission to collect, catalogue, understand and protect plants.

The trail culminates in the magical Moomin Festival Camp where children can report their botanical findings at Kew’s travelling herbarium and collect their reward.

Admission to Moomin Adventures is included with day entry to the Gardens. 

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Joseph Dalton Hooker bicentenary meeting

Event details

30 June 2017, 9.30am to 5.30pm, evening event 6pm to 7pm
Jodrell Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

£25 adults. £15 students. Prices includes entry to the Gardens, lunch and refreshments as well as evening view of the exhibition Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place.

Event overview

There will be a varied programme of talks and an opportunity to see Joseph Hooker collections behind the scenes at Kew. Leading scholars and researchers will consider Joseph Hooker's place in the history of science as well as his continuing influence on current botanical research in related fields.

Registration from 9.30am, conference begins at 10.15am.

Speakers include:

Jim Endersby - Reader In The History of Science at the University of Sussex

Nina Schuback - A biological oceanographer from Curtin University, Western Australia 

Cam Sharp Jones - Project Officer on the Joseph Dalton Hooker Correspondence Project

Mark Carine - Principal Curator in Charge of the Algae, Fungi and Plants Division at the Natural History Museum, London 

Seamus O'Brian - Manager of the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurrag

Sailesh Pradhan - A plantsman and Rhododendron expert from Sikkim, India

Lucy Smith - Botanical Illustrator at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Peter Ashton - Bullard Professor of Forestry Emeritus at Harvard University 

Colin Clubbe - Head of Conservation Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Lulu Rico - Honorary Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 

There will be lunchtime tours, including behind the scenes in the archive, the Herbarium and highlights of material on Joseph Hooker.

Delegates are invited to an evening event at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art (from 6pm) for a chance to see Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place, an exhibition showcasing Joseph Hooker's work through Kew's unique historic collections.

The evening view of the exhibition is included in the event price (but please make sure you select the ticket that includes this option when booking your ticket). 

This event will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of science, particularly botany, botanical illustration, exploration and empire. It will also present an attractive programme for those interested in the history of Kew Gardens as well as scientific work being carried out today at Kew and beyond.

Further details and booking information can be found on the Eventbrite listing.


Kew’s plant assessment unit

Increasing the number of species on the Red List

Identifying species at risk is a central goal for conservation. In the face of accelerating biodiversity loss and limited resources, assessment of the extinction risk of species is essential for conservation priority-setting. These assessments can be used to assist governments and conservation organisations to prioritise and guide effective conservation action and inform policy makers.

Fritillaria – a day of talks

Event details

Sunday 26 March 2017, 10am to 4pm
School of Horticulture
Free with entry to the Gardens

Event overview

The Fritillaria Group of the Alpine Garden Society host a day of talks by Kew experts looking into discoveries and research into Fritillaria. There will also be a lunchtime tour of the Davies Alpine House and the Alpine Nursery.

Talks take place in Kew's School of Horticulture, located by the Davies Alpine House (nearest gates are Victoria Gate or Elizabeth Gate).



10am 4pm, School of Horticulture


Morning lecture

11am: Fritillaria in the wild Norman Stevens and Kit Strange


Lunchtime tour

1.30pm: Tour of the Davies Alpine House and the Alpine Nursery


Afternoon lectures

3pm: Illia Leitch – New insights into Fritillaria from Kew scientific research

Laurence Hill Fritillaria kiusiana: Chronicle of a new Japanese species


The event itself is free but entry tickets to the Gardens must still be purchased:  Buy tickets for Garden entry


Conservator's talk

Event details

Thursday 18 May 2017, 12 noon, tour lasts 45-60 mins
Marianne North Gallery
Included with entry to the Gardens, although booking is essential

Event overview

Marianne North

Marianne North was a prolific 19th century painter who painted exotic plants and landscapes as she travelled the world.  On her return to England she contacted Sir Joseph Hooker, offering to build a gallery if he would agree to display her life’s work in it. In 2008 a large restoration project took place to restore the building and paintings.

About the talk

Join Kew's senior conservator, Jonathan Farley for a talk about the Marianne North Gallery.  Hear about the painstaking conservation work carried out to restore the gallery and unique paintings.

The talk is free with entry to the Gardens although booking is essential as places are limited. Please call 020 8332 3622 to book a place.

Puppet show: Mischief and Mysteries in Moominvalley

Event details

1/2, 8/9 and 14-17 April 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

£8 per person (children must be accompanied by an adult)

£7 for Friends of Kew


Event overview

Magical puppetry, an ingenious popup book set, original music and interactive play presented by Get Lost & Found will delight young audiences and encourage them to immerse themselves in a unique participatory story-telling experience. Expect snow, surprises and plenty of Moomin mischief.

Recommended for children aged 4-7 years. The show lasts for 45 minutes and is located in the Green Oak shelter, which is signposted from the Festival area. Entry is free for under 3s if they are sitting on a parent or guardian's lap.

Advance booking is recommended. To book your tickets, click on the link below and select 'find tickets' for your chosen date. Then choose your preferred time and ticket on the next page. Please note that entry to the Gardens is not included with your ticket to the puppet show. 

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