Join us right inside the heart of one of Wakehurst’s most magical spaces, as we unlock the secrets of our ancient woodland.
There is something to keep every member of the family entertained:
- Tree-climbing* and fire-lighting
- Interactive family theatre performances
- Living woodland trail of sculpture and play
- Story-telling, music and family activities
- Demonstrations and woodland products
- Woodland café and campside BBQ
- Working horses (Sunday and Monday only)
- Great Out Tours woody workshohp for kids
- Mindfulness Walks
Discover the vibrant lifecycle of the woods with our new living trail—you can nestle in a giant dormouse nest or burrow into a badger’s sett of coppiced hazel.
Gather round the woodland kiln to see the sparks fly and hear tales of old, or rest a while in the woodland shelter to share a taste of bread from the outdoor bread-oven with family and friends. Watch our woodsmen at work, making fascinating products or coppicing the woods, and a get a glimpse into what Kew at Wakehurst does to protect woodlands for future generations to enjoy.
For young adventurers there’s tree-climbing, fire-lighting, hands-on woodland crafts, not forgetting a chance to let off steam on the Treetrunk Trek.
Then it’s time to tune into the trees with tales of folklore by storytellers, live music and be entertained by our troupe of woodland performers. Stop a while to capture the magic of the woodland light—take a close-up look at nature in a drop-in photography workshop or make your mark on our woodland art wall.
Families are also invited to relax together and enjoy the woodland setting in the picnic area, pop up woodland café or campside barbecue.
Wild Wood photography workshop - for kids and teens
Learn to take inspirational photos of the woodland with Sharp Shots Photo Club. Children and parents will be taken on a photographic walk, take great photos together and learn top photographic tips.
Digital cameras provided, or you are welcome to bring your own.
A 20-minute session costs £8 per child (aged 7-15 yrs). Accompanying adult free; advance booking recommended as spaces are limited.
This workshop runs on Saturday 27 May & Sunday 28 May only.
Book your 20 minute session in advance
*Tree climbing - advance booking strongly recommended
Instructors from the Big Tree Climbing Company will help you reach new heights in a fantastic tree at Wakehurst. Climb into the tree’s canopy using ropes, knots and karabiners, while being securely attached in a harness at all times.
Half hour climbs between 10am and 5pm (last climb 4.30pm).
£8 per person. From age 6, no upper limit.
Book your half hour session in advance as places are limited
There are only a few remaining pre-bookable slots left for Saturday and Monday. Sunday’s advance slots are now SOLD OUT. A small number of drop-in tickets will be available on the day.
Experience the exhilaration of our aerial runway
Children will be hoisted up into the canopy to enjoy a brief bird’s eye view before launching out of the tree along the aerial runway on a rapid descent. Simple, fun and exciting!
£5 per person, pay on the day, for ages 4 – 7.
Some activities will also attract an additional charge (cash only).Please note that we do not have a cash machine on site, however cash back is available in the Visitor Centre with a purchase (£30 maximum cash back available).