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Magical Meadows Festival

Celebrate the beauty and importance of meadows, the plants that make them special, and the traditions and wildlife that depend on them, at the Magical Meadows Summer Festival.

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There's something for everyone

Step back in time to see teams of cutters put their scythes to the test as they compete in our inaugural Scything and Cider Festival in July or learn how hay was harvested in the traditional fashion during the Bringing in the Hay weekend in August. 

You can visit the ‘Meadow Folk’ exhibition which runs till the end of the year or put your botanical knowledge to the test in the Magical Meadows Wildflower Challenge trail from May to August.

Weave your way around the Gardens by following our new ‘Inspired by Nature’ willow sculpture trail, featuring some of our most iconic wildflowers, amazing seed pods and mega mushrooms.

Kids activities

Children playing in natural play area at Wakehurst

For the younger explorer there are activities all through the summer holidays including:

  • watching the birds of prey displays, meeting the birds and making a paper flying bird to take home
  • making a ‘minibeast mover’ to fly around the gardens spotting beasties
  • weaving friendship bracelets from freshly-cut hay
  • making lucky dip meadow sticks

Want unlimited entry to Wakehurst year round?

A group of children explore the grounds of Wakehurst

Why not treat yourself to the Wakehurst Season Ticket? Benefits include free entry to the Gardens and Millennium Seed Bank all year round with free car parking - all for £25 by direct debit or £30 by cash or credit card.

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