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  • The Wind in the Willows live theatre at Kew
    The Wind in the Willows Live theatre production for children from Wednesdays to Sundays 23 July to 28 August 2016.
  • The Great Broadwalk Borders
    Celebration Weekends Join us on 30 and 31 July to learn about the history and design of the new borders.
  • Kew Science Festival 2016 artwork
    Scientist for a day Unearth the world of plants and fungi in our first-class Gardens
  • The Hive at Kew Gardens
    The Hive A multi-sensory experience, exploring bees and pollination.
  • The Dream Fairies. Adventure through bubble land
    The Dream Fairies Interactive theatre production for younger children. Wednesdays to Sundays 30 July to 28 August 2016.
  • Write on Kew 2016
    Write on Kew 2016 Our literary festival returns on 22-25 September 2016, with a line-up of over 70 authors.
  • The Mediterranean Garden at Kew
    Plant of the month tour Take a guided tour behind the scenes with Kew Horticulture and Kew Science. Every Tuesday.
  • Early opening for Friends Enjoy the Gardens from 8-10am before the gates open. Until 30 September.
  • Runners in front of Kew's Palm House
    Richmond Runfest Join the only Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k to run inside the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. On 18 September 2016.
  • Margaret Mee Don't miss the exhibition from this pioneering artist running until 29 August 2016 in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art

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6 August 2016

Daily walking tours

Bees forage for Nigella pollen
Themed tours will take place at various times throughout the day. Get an introduction to the Gardens, learn about plants and their pollinators or discover the Great Broad Walk Borders.
Event date: 
1 July 2016 to 30 September 2016
Price: 
Included with admission price to the Gardens
Venue: 
Meet at the Information Desk at Victoria Gate Plaza

The Hive explained

The Hive at Kew Gardens artist impression
Meet our specially trained ‘Hive Explainers’ who will be on hand to enhance your journey through this unique structure.
Event date: 
18 June 2016 to 30 October 2016
Price: 
Included with admission price to the Gardens
Venue: 
The Hive

Plant of the month tour: August 2016

Bog sage (Salvia uliginosa)
Hear fascinating facts about a different plant or fungus each month, including its history, horticulture and biology. August tours will feature salvias.
Event date: 
2 August 2016 to 30 August 2016
Event details: 
Tours take place on TUESDAYS ONLY at 11.30am AND 2.30pm and last approx 90mins
Price: 
Adults £5; Friends of Kew £4; Children £1; NB: Tickets do not include entry to the Gardens, which must be purchased separately.
Venue: 
Kew Gardens

Introduction to the Gardens

A guide leads a tour through one of Kew's glasshouses
Get an insight into Kew’s history, plants, science and seasonal highlights. Every day of the year except 24 and 25 December.
Event date: 
1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016
Event details: 
Daily at 11am and 1.30pm - tours last one hour
Price: 

FREE with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 
Tours start and finish at the Guides Desk, Victoria Plaza

7 August 2016

Early opening for Friends 2016

Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy Kew Gardens before the gates open to all
Event date: 
1 May 2016 to 30 September 2016
Event details: 
8-10am, 1 May to 30 September 2016 (except 9 and 10 May)
Price: 
Free, exclusive to Friends of Kew and their normal complement of free guest/children
Venue: 
Kew Gardens

The Dream Fairies

Members of the cast from The Dream Fairies
Watch a live performance of The Dream Fairies – Adventure through Bubble Land performed by the Australian Shakespeare Company in the grounds of Kew Gardens.
Event date: 
30 July 2016 to 28 August 2016
Event details: 
Performances take place at 10.30am and 2pm from Wednesday to Sunday
Price: 
Various
Venue: 
Meet at Victoria Gate

Bee Friendly Sundays

Bermondsey Street Honey
Every Sunday between July and October we will be joined by fellow bee enthusiasts who will talk about their amazing bee related projects.
Event date: 
3 July 2016 to 18 September 2016
Price: 
Included with admission price to the Gardens
Venue: 
The Hive

Pollination Trail

Bee on daisy
Follow a trail round the Gardens to learn about pollen and its relationship with bees and plants.
Event date: 
18 June 2016 to 23 December 2016
Price: 
Included in admission price to the Gardens
Venue: 
Kew Gardens

Carnivorous plant display

<em>Drosera auriculata</em>
A fascinating display of carnivorous plants showing how they trap insects, with a chance to buy your own and get expert advice on its care.
Event date: 
4 August 2016 to 7 August 2016
Price: 
Included in admission price to the Gardens.
Venue: 

Marquee on Kew Palace lawn

Bee films

Bees forage for Nigella pollen
Gain an insight into the lives of bees with these short films telling the story of bees.
Event date: 
2 July 2016 to 30 October 2016
Price: 
Included with admission price to the Gardens
Venue: 
Princess of Wales Conservatory film room

Captured at Kew photography exhibition

A chance to see some of the most beautiful pictures taken at Kew from the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition.
Event date: 
28 May 2016 to 4 September 2016
Event details: 
The exhibition runs during Garden opening hours
Price: 
Included with entry to the Gardens
Venue: 
The area outside the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art and the Marianne North Gallery

Georgian cookery demonstrations

Children watching georgian cookery demonstrations in the Kew Palace kitchens.
Find out what type of food King George III was eating during his time at Kew Palace at these drop-in cookery demonstrations in Kew Palace kitchens.
Event date: 
28 May 2016 to 2 October 2016
Event details: 
Various dates between 28 May and 2 October
Price: 
Drop-in – no payment or booking needed
Venue: 
Kew Palace kitchens

Georgian cookery demonstrations

Children watching georgian cookery demonstrations in the Kew Palace kitchens.
Find out what type of food King George III was eating during his time at Kew Palace at these drop-in cookery demonstrations in Kew Palace kitchens.
Event date: 
28 May 2016 to 2 October 2016
Event details: 
Various dates between 28 May and 2 October
Price: 
Drop-in – no payment or booking needed
Venue: 
Kew Palace kitchens

Kew Science Festival

Kew Science Festival 2016 artwork
Join Kew's scientists for a weekend of hands-on experiments and behind-the-scenes tours with the special theme of carnivorous plants.
Event date: 
5 August 2016 to 7 August 2016
Price: 
Included with admission price to the Gardens.
Venue: 
Various
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