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  • Wild Kids at Wakehurst 2016
    Outdoor events at Wakehurst A chance for the kids to enjoy a programme of outdoor activities during the summer break.
  • Wedding venues - Wakehurst mansion
    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

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

 

A weekend of family-friendly fun to celebrate autumn.

8 to 9 October 2016

Bountiful Botanics


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. 

 

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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

Brilliant Bark Trail

Bark of Black poplar, <em>Populus nigra</em>
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.

Wild play

Treetrunk Trek play space
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

Super sticky summer drop in

Children's stick fairy house
Drop-in sessions celebrating all things sticky, from sticks to slugs.
Event date: 
23 July 2016 to 4 September 2016, 11am to 4pm
Price: 
Various
Venue: 
The Paddock

Forest fun days

Photo of child at forest fun day
Enjoy a forest-school style experience in Wakehurst’s beautiful woodland.
Event date: 
1 September 2016, 10.45am to 3pm
Event details: 
This event also takes place on 31 August 2016
Price: 

£30 per child
£27 Friends of Wakehurst
Includes free garden entry and parking for one adult per family

Venue: 
Wakehurst – Meet at the Visitor Centre.

Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows by The Australian Shakespeare Company
Join Ratty, Mole, Mr Toad and all of their River Bank friends this summer! Sing, laugh and help save the day in this exciting family adventure.
Event date: 
2 September 2016 to 4 September 2016, 11am to 12.30pm
Event details: 
Performances take place at 11am and 4pm and last 90 minutes
Price: 
Adult - £15, Friends of Wakehurst - £14
Child (15 and under) - £12.90, Infant (under 1 year) - Free
Family of four - £52, Family of four (Friends of Wakehurst) - £50
Parking and entry to Wakehurst are included in the price
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Wild wood sleepover

Photo of wild wood sleepover at Wakehurst
The kids will go wild for our first ever overnight woodland camp.
Event date: 
3 September 2016, 3pm
Event details: 
Drop children off at 3pm on Saturday 3 September. Collect them at 10am on Sunday 4 September.
Price: 

£60 per child
£55 Friends of Wakehurst

Venue: 
Wakehurst Place. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

Badger watching: 6 September 2016

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

AB Special Events wedding fair at Wakehurst

Wedding at Wakehurst image Mandy Coe
Why not hold your wedding in the beautiful, romantic surroundings of Wakehurst in West Sussex. Come along to our wedding fair and see what's on offer.
Event date: 
8 September 2016, 6pm to 8.30pm
Price: 
Free entry and parking for couples visiting the fair.
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Friends of Wakehurst autumn early opening

Early morning sun at Wakehurst
Enjoy the splendour of autumn during the tranquil morning hours.
Event date: 
2 October 2016, 6.30am to 10am
Price: 
Free for Friends of Wakehurst.
Venue: 
Wakehurst Place.

Bountiful Botanics 2016

Join us for a weekend of family-friendly fun to celebrate autumn.
Event date: 
8 October 2016 to 9 October 2016, 10am to 5pm
Price: 
Entry included with garden admission ticket
Venue: 
Croquet lawn and paddock

Walks to celebrate autumn

People enjoying autumn walk in forest at Wakehurst
Celebrate the turning of the season with a variety of guided walks to suit all ages and fitness levels.
Event date: 
16 October 2016 to 19 October 2016, 10am to 6pm
19 October 2016 to 19 October 2016, 10am to 6pm
Event details: 
These guided walks will be available on two days: 16 and 19 October.
Price: 
Included with entry to Wakehurst.
Venue: 
Wakehurst Place. Meet at the Guide Meeting Point.

Glow Wild winter lantern festival 2016

Sillouette of mother and child at Glow Wild festival
Event date: 
2 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
3 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
4 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
9 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
10 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
11 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
16 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
17 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
18 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
Event details: 
Event takes place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.
Price: 

Various prices

Venue: 
Wakehurst

More from Wakehurst

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