Daily guided walking tour of Wakehurst

Event details

Daily at 11.30am when availability allows. Please check at the Visitor Centre.
Venue: 
Wakehurst, meet at the guide meeting point by The Stables restaurant.
Price: 
Included with entry to Wakehurst. No need to book. Details from the Visitor Centre.

Event overview

About the tour

The guides will concentrate on the ornamental gardens close to the Mansion, looking at plants of seasonal interest as well as explaining some of the history of the house and gardens. They will also look at the vital conservation work being undertaken in the Millennium Seed Bank and by Wakehurst's horticultural team. 

Guides at Wakehurst are all dedicated volunteers with a wide knowledge and passion for the gardens. The free tour is designed for individuals and families. We have a limit of 25 people, so if you are coming with a group please book a tailored tour.

To book a tailored group tour call 01444 894067 or email wakehurst@kew.org.

Creative Writing

Event details

Tuesday 11 July or Thursday 12 October 2017, 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £70 (£60 concessions, Friends of Kew). 12 places available

Event overview

About the course

This new one day course, led by author Lynda Waterhouse, will give you the opportunity to develop your creative writing skills in a warm and supportive atmosphere. You will be provided with a writer’s notebook and be guided through a series of short stimulating walks with accompanying writing exercises. Use Kew as your inspiration and be enthused by its wonders.


The tutor

Lynda Waterhouse is an author/educator with ten published books, twenty years in primary and secondary education, and many more years’ experience devising and running creative workshops for museum and art galleries including The Wallace Collection, The Queen’s Gallery, Windsor Castle and Elsecar Heritage Centre in South Yorkshire. Tan Twan Eng, winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize 2012 says, 'Lynda is a passionate and knowledgeable writer, always generous with her time, expertise and ideas.'


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

Download the Spring/Summer adult short course brochure

Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place

Event details

25 March to 17 September 2017, 10am to 5.30pm
Venue: 
Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art
Price: 
Included with entry to the Gardens

Event overview

About Joseph Hooker

Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911) was a tireless traveller and plant collector, a founder of modern botanical classification and a close friend of Charles Darwin. Kew was at the heart of Hooker’s career and he helped add thousands of specimens to its collections.

Hooker believed that botany revolved around putting plants in their place: collecting and classifying them, better understanding their habitat and creating a place for botany to elevate its scientific status. To mark the 200 years since his birth, this exhibition seeks to commemorate the life of an influential pioneer of botany by exhibiting an eclectic range of journals, artefacts, paintings and sketches owned and drawn by Hooker himself. He once told a botanical collector at Kew to 'practice drawing incessantly', advice he certainly took himself. 

This exhibition, curated by Jim Endersby of the University of Sussex, takes a closer look at the impact he had on Kew and on the wider botanical world.


British Artists

A separate exhibition of Shirley Sherwood's collection of botanical art by British artists will run concurrently in the Gallery.

British Artists in the Shirley Sherwood Collection


A series of tours and talks takes place during the exhibitions


Exhibition tour of Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place – Thursday 27 April 2017, 12 noon – FULLY BOOKED

More about the tour of the exhibition

Conservator's talk – Thursday 18 May 2017, 12 noon – FULLY BOOKED

More about the conservator's talk

  • Tours are free although booking is essential as places are limited

  • Please call 020 8332 3622 or email the Shirley Sherwood Gallery to book a place


Admission to the Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place exhibition is included with day entry to the Gardens. 

Save on the price of your ticket when you book online

Wild Wood

Event details

27 May to 29 May 2017, 10am to 5pm
Venue: 
Wakehurst
Price: 
Included with entry to Wakehurst

Event overview

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
  • Archery
  • 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).

Haçienda Classiçal – Kew the Music 2017

Event details

14 July 2017, 6pm to 10.30pm
Venue: 
The Great Lawn
Price: 

Adults: £45

Adults reserved enclosure: £65

Under 16s: £27

Under 16s reserved enclosure: £47

Booking fees and transaction fees apply

Event overview

Having sold out two dates at the Royal Albert Hall, Haçienda Classiçal returns to London for its third ever concert.

Mike Pickering and Graeme Park, the DJs who shaped The Haçienda's sound, perform with Manchester Camerata Orchestra.

An updated set for 2017, expect a night of iconic, dance music and club anthems played by a full orchestra.

'A night of soaring synth riffs, euphoric drops and massive tunes.' NME

The records that shaped a generation are renewed, adapted and arranged for the orchestra, AMC Choir and special guests. The run of classical-meets-club concerts so far have been widely praised.

'*****The atmosphere was incredible.' The Times

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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.

Razorlight – Kew the Music 2017

Event details

12 July 2017, 6pm to 10pm
Venue: 
The Great Lawn
Price: 

Adults: £40

Adults reserved enclosure: £60

Under 16s: £22

Under 16s reserved enclosure: £42

Booking fees and transaction fees apply

Event overview

Formed in 2002 around lead singer Johnny Borrell, Razorlight quickly became one of the key bands of the new millennia.

They have sold 4 million albums, they won the 2005 NME New Band Award and were nominated for two BRIT Awards and two NME Awards 'Best Band' and 'Best Album' in 2007.

Earlier this year Johnny began trying songs with guitarist David Ellis, formerly of Babeshadow, and with a new line-up the reinvigorated Razorlight are set to confirm their place as one of the most compelling, maverick guitar bands to have emerged out of the UK.

Supported by indie heroes The Bluetones, dynamic and engaging, with an impressive run of the hit singles Bluetonic, Slight Return, If and Keep the Fires Burning

Opening the concert is Reef. Frontman Gary Stringer has one of the most distinctive voices of the nineties and this Britpop band is best known for the million selling number one album Glow.

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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.

Passenger – Kew the Music 2017

Event details

11 July 2017, 6pm to 10.30pm
Venue: 
The Great Lawn
Price: 

Adults: £40

Adults reserved enclosure: £60

Under 16s: £22

Under 16s reserved enclosure: £42

Transaction fees apply

Event overview

His 2012 hit single Let Her Go reached a staggering one billion YouTube views and launched UK based singer songwriter Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger) as a global phenomenon.

This year’s Kew the Music opens with a new departure for Rosenberg, for this concert he will perform not as a solo troubadour, but backed by a five-piece band showcasing songs from his latest album as well as breathing new life into many Passenger cult classics. 

Supported by Stu Larsen. Australian folk singer-songwriter, Stu Larsen’s lyrical talents are mesmerising in such an original way, as experienced in his album Vagabond. His upcoming album Resolute (released in July) is filled with impromptu voice memos from his phone to build a primitive framework to the sound. A true soul-searcher of our time.

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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.

Kew the Music 2017

Event details

Tuesday 11 July to Sunday 16 July 2017

Event overview

Featured acts:

 

Passenger

supported by Stu Larsen

Tuesday 11 July 2017, 6pm to 10.30pm

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Razorlight

supported by The Bluetones and Reef

Wednesday 12 July 2017, 6pm to 10.30pm

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All Saints

supported by Melanie C and Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Thursday 13 July 2017, 6pm to 10.30pm

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Haçienda Classiçal

Friday 14 July 2017, 6pm to 10.30pm

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James

supported by The Sherlocks and Paradisia

Saturday 15 July 2017, 6pm to 10.30pm

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Mary J Blige

supported by Lauren Faith

Sunday 16 July 2017, 6pm to 10.30pm

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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.


 

These concerts are a collaboration between Kew Gardens, Kilimanjaro Live Ltd and Raymond Gubbay Ltd. 
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have been presenting summer concerts for 34 years.

Watercolour workshop: fungi

Event details

Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 November 2017, 10.30am to 4pm

Event overview

About the event

Using both edible and wild varieties of mushrooms and fungi we will observe and record their individual characteristics prior to drawing them in pencil. This will lead on to painting them in watercolour, either as individual paintings or making a composition of several varieties. This course is open to beginners as well as those with more experience. Some individual help will be given as well as general teaching of the whole group.


The tutor

Penny Price is a botanical artist, having initially trained as a teacher and then as a professional lettering artist. Having painted all her life she decided to become more specialised in the art of botanical painting, and trained for the Diploma in Botanical Art and Illustration (EGS) gaining a Distinction in 2013 at Chelsea. She was awarded a Silver Gilt medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2014. She presently teaches part-time at the Chelsea School of Botanical Art and runs courses in Cambridge University Botanic Garden. She is an artist member of three Florilegium Societies, including one in Sydney, Australia, where she has also exhibited her work. Her mission is to help others achieve pleasure and skills in the art of botanical painting.


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

Download the spring/summer 2017 short course brochure

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