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  • Wild Wood 2016 A weekend of wild woodland activities for all the family
  • 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
  • Photo of couple on bridge at Wakehurst
    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

Visit Wild Wood 2016 during the spring bank holiday for traditional crafts and storytelling. 28-30 May 2016. 

Wild Wood 2016

Preparing food in the Orangery
Explore all things wild at Wakehurst’s inaugural Wild Food Festival this summer.

2-3 July 2016.

Wild Food Festival

 


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

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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

Super sticky summer drop in

Creating pictures out of sticks and twigs at Wakehurst
Drop-in sessions celebrating all things sticky, from sticks to slugs.
Event date: 
23 July 2016 to 4 September 2016, 10am to 5pm
Price: 
Various
Venue: 
Wakehurst paddock

Tree climbing

Tree climbing at Wakehurst
An outdoor activity for children over 6 years of age, provided by The Big Tree Climbing Company who will teach children tree climbing skills. Drop your children off to enjoy their climb while you explore the rest of Wakehurst, or stay with the children to join in the fun.
Event date: 
25 July 2016 to 26 July 2016, 10am to 3.45pm
Price: 

£21 per person
£19 Friends of Wakehurst
Includes free garden entry and parking for one adult per family

Venue: 
Pearcelands Wood. Get directions from the Visitor Centre

Badger watching: 26 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: 
26 July 2016, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Price: 
£12 Adults, £6 Children
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Bushcraft workshops

Learning woodland crafts at the Wakehurst summer school
Join the Bison Bushcraft team for a 2½ hour introduction to bush-crafting. Drop the children off at Pearcelands wood, then explore the rest of Wakehurst, or enjoy a snack in our café.
Event date: 
1 August 2016 to 7 August 2016, 10am to 12.30pm
Event details: 
Two sessions daily: 10:00am-12.30pm and 2:00-4.30pm
Price: 

£26 per person
£24 Friends of Wakehurst
Includes free garden entry and parking for one adult per family

Venue: 
Pearcelands Wood. Directions available from the Visitor Centre.

Kingfisher and badger watching evening

An enchanting evening in the conservation area at Wakehurst observing the nocturnal wildlife, including kingfishers and badgers.
Event date: 
1 August 2016, 5.30pm to 9.30pm
Price: 
Course Fee: £30 – Includes light snack during the evening.
12 places available
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Badger watching: 2 August 2016

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

Kingfisher and badger watching evening

Join us for an enchanting evening in the conservation area at Wakehurst, observing the nocturnal wildlife including kingfishers and badgers.
Event date: 
4 August 2016, 5.30pm to 9.30pm
Price: 
Course fee: £30 – includes light snackcduring the evening.
12 places available
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Badger watching: 9 August 2016

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

Picnic in the paddock - family event

Alfresco family picnic at Wakehurst
Wakehurst opens its doors after hours for a sunset lantern supper.
Event date: 
12 August 2016, 6pm to 9.30pm
Price: 

Adults: £8 
Friends of Wakehurst: £6
Children (4-16): £3 
Under 4s: Free 

Venue: 
Wakehurst, meet at the Visitor Centre.

Outdoor cookery day course

Adventures in wild food with Hunter Gather Cook
Event date: 
13 August 2016, 10am to 6pm
Event details: 
This event will also be held on Saturday 23 July
Price: 
Adults: £130
Friends of Wakehurst: £120
Venue: 
Wakehurst, meet at the Visitor Centre.

Picnic in the paddock - adults only

Photo of straw bale picnic at Wakehurst
Wakehurst opens its doors after hours for a sunset lantern supper.
Event date: 
13 August 2016, 7pm to 9.30pm
Price: 

Adults: £8
Friends of Wakehurst: £6
Sorry, no under 17s

Venue: 
Wakehurst, meet at the Visitor Centre.

Woodland wonders summer school

Woodland wonders summer school
A specialist outdoor event team will be providing a woodland wonders summer school for children 5-16 years old. Drop the children off at Pearcelands wood, then explore the rest of Wakehurst or enjoy a snack in our café.
Event date: 
15 August 2016 to 21 August 2016, 10.30am to 1pm
Event details: 
Two sessions daily: 10.30am-1:00pm and 2:00-4.30pm
Price: 
£24 per person
£22 Friends of Wakehurst
Discounts are available for siblings or when booking multiple sessions
Includes free garden entry and parking for one adult per family
Venue: 
Pearcelands Wood, get directions from the Visitor Centre

Badger watching: 16 August 2016

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

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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