Handmade at Kew

Event details

Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 October 2017, 10am to 6pm

Kew Gardens, Kew Palace lawn pavilion


£16 in advance, £18 on the door (including entry to the Gardens)

Friends of Kew: £6 in advance, £8 on the door

Event overview

From Thursday 12 October until Sunday 15 October, this prestigious international craft event from Handmade in Britain is set to return, offering you the opportunity to buy beautiful ceramics, glass, jewellery, furniture and fashion directly from over 200 makers and world-class craftspeople.

This is a very special chance to invest in beautiful and unique products at a show where you can buy, browse and even commission directly from the maker. You can also unearth the stories, inspiration and processes behind the exquisite works on offer, most of which can't be found on the high street. 

See the list of exhibitors

Tickets for Handmade at Kew are on sale now and include entry to the Gardens.

Buy tickets for Handmade at Kew


Gifts in Wills information tour: world's most valuable bank

Event details

Thursday 15 June, Wakehurst

Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst


Free. Booking is essential. Please call 020 8332 3249 or email legacies@kew.org at least one week in advance. 

Event overview

Kew's Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) has a vast subterranean vault for long-term storage of seeds for research and conservation. Guided by an MSB scientist, you will explore the largest seed conservation partnership on the planet, as well as learn how you can help Kew protect biodiversity with a gift in your Will.

Booking is essential. Please call 020 8332 3249 or email legacies@kew.org at least one week in advance.

Find out more about legacies at Kew, and watch our new film featuring Kew’s supporters.


Weird and wonderful woodland life

Event details

30 May to 3 June 2017, 11am–3pm
Wakehurst, ‘Cherry on the top’ tent
£3 per child, accompanying adults need to purchase a ticket to the Garden.

Event overview

May half-term

Have fun learning weird and wonderful facts about our trees at Wakehurst.

Bark-rubbing and woodpecker hats

Activities are based in the ‘cherry on the top’ tent, where children can produce their own bark-rubbings. They will unleash their creativity by turning these into a wonderful woodland hat, complete with a woodpecker or two!

Heading outside, children can follow the ‘weird and wonderful trail' where they will discover lots of interesting facts about Wakehurst’s trees and plants, and the woodpeckers that live in them. 

Natural play spaces

Don’t forget there are over 500 acres to discover and explore at Wakehurst. Natural play spaces are dotted throughout the grounds – perfect for letting off steam. Take them Trunk Hopping or venture down to Tree Trunk Trek hidden in our woodlands. Pick up a guide when you arrive at the Visitor Centre.

Built up an appetite? There is a freshly prepared children’s menu in The Stables restaurant. 

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Early Opening for Friends of Kew

Event details

Monday 1 May to Saturday 30 September 2017*, 8am–10am daily
Entry/exit before 10am is via Victoria Gate only.

Free. Exclusively for Friends of Kew and their usual accompaniment of guests.

Event overview

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Gardens every morning* before the gates open to all. 

Take a refreshing walk, have a leisurely picnic or relax in the Victoria Plaza café – what better way to start the day!

Victoria Plaza Café will be open to purchase refreshments between 8-10am. Please note, the remaining catering outlets, glasshouses and galleries will open at the normal time of 10am. 

Membership card(s) must be presented on entry at Victoria Gate. 

* Except 8 & 9 May, 16 & 17 September. 

Not a Friend yet?

Find out more about membership and become a Friend of Kew

Free smoothie for our first 50 Friends at weekends

For an early-morning treat, and as a thank you for your support as a Friend of Kew, every weekend during Early Openings we are offering a free smoothie to the first 50 Friends who visit on the day. Keep an eye out for our friendly garden staff who will be handing out the vouchers at Victoria Gate, on entry to the Gardens.


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Mary J Blige – Kew the Music 2017

Event details

16 July 2017, 6pm to 10pm
The Great Lawn

Adults: £50

Adults reserved enclosure: £70

Under 16s: £32

Under 16s reserved enclosure: £52

Booking fees and transaction fees apply

Event overview

Iconic Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter Mary J Blige is one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era.

With eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards and 32 nominations, a 2012 Golden Globe nomination and five American Music Awards, she is a global superstar.

Influenced by the music of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, Blige has her own gritty, urban-rooted style – fusing hip hop, soul and honest lyrics. Loved for her passionate string of chart-topping hits including Be Without You, No More Drama, Just Fine, Love Is All We Need, Real Love and Family Affair, Mary J Blige has reinvented R&B along the way. 

Supported by Lauren Faith. With cuts on both Craig David’s latest chart-topping Gold rated album Following My Intuition and Kaytranada’s critically acclaimed album 99%, up and coming talented 21 year old singer/songwriter Lauren Faith is already making waves within the industry.

Buy tickets to Mary J Blige

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.

Secret Structures: inside the story of plants and fungi

Event details

Daily, 10am to 5pm
Millennium Seed Bank Atrium
Free with entry to the garden

Event overview

The exhibition enables us not only to marvel at plants and fungi, but to learn from them and to understand our need to protect them.

  • An interactive Digital Table invites you to peel back the layers of intriguing, scanned objects; a Brazil nut, a piece of oak, an orchid and a carved walnut shell.
  • An excavated oak tree will reveal its complex root system, usually hidden deep underground.
  • Artist in Residence for Secret Structures, Perdita Sinclair explores the dynamics of seed dispersal. Her artwork will take the form of a beautiful light sculpture depicting the windborne dust-like orchid seed.

Fascinating multimedia displays will tell you more about:

Brazil nuts
These desirable fruits pose many challenges, the fruits are risky to harvest and almost impossible to crack. The tree only flourishes in the wild and has a complex relationship with the local communities that depend on it.

Oak specimen
These ‘Kings of the Forest’ are part of a vast web of life, supporting more biodiversity than any other of our UK native tree species. From the top of the canopy to the tips of the roots, they are full of surprises.

Look beyond their beauty to discover the complex processes of propagating orchids and the crucial role that Kew Science has played in this process.

Have you heard the warning not to sleep in the shade of a walnut tree? It secretes chemicals to poison nearby plants—so be warned! Uncover an extraordinary walnut carving using our interactive Digital Table.

The excavated oak tree, which you will see as you enter the atrium, was featured on the BBC4 programme Oak Tree: Nature’s Greatest Survivor. It was kindly given to Wakehurst by East Malling Research Station. Revealing itself in its entirety, it will be the first chance for many visitors to witness its sprawling root system which is normally hidden.


Admission to the Secret Structures exhibition is included with entry to Wakehurst. 


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