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  • Wild Food Festival at Wakehurst
    A challenge for the taste buds Learn about edible plants, cook with wild ingredients and sample tasty bugs!
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    Kew at Wakehurst A feast for the eyes at any time of year, Wakehurst is Kew’s garden in Sussex
  • Loder Valley
    Experience nature The Loder Valley Nature Reserve boasts diverse animal and plant life, bird hides, woodland, wetland and meadowland
  • wildlife
    Wakehurst's wildlife With woodlands, wetlands and meadowlands, Wakehurst provides the perfect habitat for a diverse range of animals
  • millennium seed bank
    Millennium Seed Bank Learn how scientists at Wakehurst are protecting the world's plants from extinction in this fascinating building
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    Weddings at Wakehurst Celebrate in the stunning surroundings of our 400 acre country estate.

Kew's garden in Sussex

Wakehurst, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 6TN. 

Open daily at 10am (closed only on 24 and 25 December).

The official website for Wakehurst; beautiful botanic gardens located in West Sussex and managed by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Set in 465 acres of country estate, Wakehurst boasts ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands, a nature reserve, and an Elizabethan mansion.

Surround yourself in the natural beauty of the area, enjoy afternoon tea or learn about the essential conservation work of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank. With natural play areas for the children, and wildlife all around, there is something to keep everyone entertained.

Plan your visit


Coming up

Wild Food Festival at Wakehurst

Explore all things wild at Wakehurst’s inaugural Wild Food Festival this summer.

2-3 July 2016

Wild Food Festival

 

Alfresco family picnic at Wakehurst

A unique alfresco dining experience with a picnic at a giant straw table and some wild cookery workshops

21 July to 13 August

Alfresco dining

 

Photo of child at forest fun day

A programme of outdoor activities to keep the children occupied during the summer.

23 July to 4 September 2016

Wild kids

 


50 Years of Kew at Wakehurst

50 years of Kew at Wakehurst logo

In 2015 we celebrated the golden jubilee of Kew’s management of the Wakehurst Estate. 

Much has been achieved, from the Millennium Seed Bank project and the creation of the Loder Valley and Francis Rose Nature Reserves to the introduction of the Visitor Centre, the Seed café and Stables restaurant.

Wakehurst has become a world class visitor attraction.

Attractions

Child explorer with binoculars at Wakehurst
There is always plenty to see at Wakehurst, from the blossom and blooms of the formal gardens to the diverse animal and plant life of the Loder Valley Nature Reserve. 

 

See all attractions

 


Eat and drink

Homemade cake by Peyton and Byrne

Stop for a bite to eat in the Seed Café with its panoramic views and open-air terrace, or visit The Stables, a licensed, self-service family restaurant, where you can enjoy lunch or afternoon tea.

Eat and drink

What's on

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Brilliant Bark Trail

Go on the Brilliant Bark Trail by downloading our Discover Kew app
Event date: 
1 January 2016 to 23 December 2016, 10am to 3.30pm
Event details: 
Trail is available during garden opening hours.
Price: 
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Free daily guided tour at Wakehurst

Join us on a daily tour lasting 1-1½ hrs giving visitors the chance to see plants of seasonal interest and discover the fascinating history of the estate.
Event date: 
1 January 2016 to 23 December 2016, 11.30am to 1pm
Event details: 
Tours take place at 11.30am and 2pm when availability allows
Price: 
Included with entry to Wakehurst. No need to book. Details from the Visitor Centre.
Venue: 
Meet at the guide meeting point adjacent to The Stables restaurant.

May half term adventure: home sweet home

Hotel for creepy crawlies
Bring the children to Wakehurst during the May half term holiday to take part in creative activities, learning about bugs and making a bug hotel for your garden.
Event date: 
31 May 2016 to 6 June 2016, 10.30am to 3.30pm
Event details: 
Children’s school holiday activity, open to all
Price: 
Activity £3 per participant, plus normal admission price to Wakehurst. See Wakehurst ticket prices.
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Wild play

Treetreetrunk Trek
Wild play spaces to be explored include our new adventure play space, Treetrunk Trek.
Event date: 
1 June 2016 to 31 October 2016, 10am to 5pm
Price: 
Free with entry to Wakehurst.
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Badger watching: 7 June 2016

Enjoy an evening of badger watching in the Loder Valley Nature Reserve at Wakehurst, a delight for anyone who loves nature.
Event date: 
7 June 2016, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Price: 
£12 Adults, £6 Children
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Badger watching: 14 June 2016

Enjoy an evening of badger watching in the Loder Valley Nature Reserve at Wakehurst, a delight for anyone who loves nature.
Event date: 
14 June 2016, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Price: 
£12 Adults, £6 Children
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Badger watching: 21 June 2016

Enjoy an evening of badger watching in the Loder Valley Nature Reserve at Wakehurst, a delight for anyone who loves nature.
Event date: 
21 June 2016, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Price: 
£12 Adults, £6 Children
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Badger watching: 28 June 2016

Enjoy an evening of badger watching in the Loder Valley Nature Reserve at Wakehurst, a delight for anyone who loves nature.
Event date: 
28 June 2016, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Price: 
£12 Adults, £6 Children
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Wild Food Festival

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Challenge your taste buds at Wakehurst’s inaugural Wild Food Festival this summer.
Event date: 
2 July 2016 to 3 July 2016, 10am to 5pm
Price: 
Included with entry to Wakehurst. See Wakehurst ticket prices. Some activities are pre-bookable and attract a participation fee in addition to garden entry. Cash payment only on all activities / stall produce. Cash back is available in the visitor centre shop only with a purchase (max £30).
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Badger watching: 5 July 2016

Enjoy an evening of badger watching in the Loder Valley Nature Reserve at Wakehurst, a delight for anyone who loves nature.
Event date: 
5 July 2016, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Price: 
£12 Adults, £6 Children
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Badger watching: 12 July 2016

Enjoy an evening of badger watching in the Loder Valley Nature Reserve at Wakehurst, a delight for anyone who loves nature.
Event date: 
12 July 2016, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Price: 
£12 Adults, £6 Children
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Badger watching: 19 July 2016

Enjoy an evening of badger watching in the Loder Valley Nature Reserve at Wakehurst, a delight for anyone who loves nature.
Event date: 
19 July 2016, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Price: 
£12 Adults, £6 Children
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Wakehurst Willow 8k run

A rare opportunity to join us after-hours for a fun run around Wakehurst, suitable for all abilities.
Event date: 
20 July 2016, 7.15pm
Price: 
Entry fee £10 (£8 for Friends of Wakehurst)
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Woodland banquet

Photo of cocktails
Outdoor cookery at its finest and a unique dining experience.
Event date: 
21 July 2016, 7pm to 10pm
Price: 

Adult: £65 
Friends of Wakehurst: £59
Sorry no under 17s

Venue: 
Wakehurst, meet at the Visitor Centre

Outdoor cookery days

Adventures in wild foods with Hunter Gather Cook.
Event date: 
23 July 2016, 10am to 6pm
Event details: 
This event will also be held on Saturday 13 August
Price: 

Adults: £130
Friends of Wakehurst: £120

Venue: 
Wakehurst, meet at the Visitor Centre

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Wakehurst for kids

A kids's guide to Wakehurst Place

An action-packed guide to children's activities at Wakehurst.

Free daily guided tours

Discover the history of the Wakehurst estate

Friends of Wakehurst

Open gate in the Henry Price walled garden at Wakehurst

Enjoy unlimited year-round entry and other special benefits.

Millennium Seed Bank

Visitors in the Millennium Seed Bank Exhibition

Find out more about our vital work saving seeds