Kids will love kicking off their shoes, running free and exploring our gardens and woodlands this summer.
We've got a host of workshops and drop-in activities to help them learn a new skill, talk to an expert and get creative along the way. For more information and to book online for workshops go to kew.org/Wakehurst, or drop in on the day.
Summer Explorers – summer holiday programme:
23 July - 29 July – Survival of the Species
30 July – 5 August - Outdoor Photography
6- 12 August - Stories in the Woods
13 – 19 August – Sounds of Nature
20 – 26 August – Woodland Adventures
27 August – 2 September – Natural crafts
Wakehurst - a fabulous day out for all the family
Every day at Wakehurst children can enjoy The Children’s Heritage Garden where hours can be spent having fun in the Mud Kitchen and Potting Shed. They can walk the Woodlands of the World, as many of our trees are planted in areas of origin or race around in our Natural Play Spaces interspersed throughout the grounds.
Tree Trunk Trek is a favourite for older kids who love climbing and making up their own games and the Hidden World of Tree Seeds Trail will get children looking at trees in a whole new way. These can both be found in Pearcelands Wood.
Older children will also be fascinated by watching scientists carry out their seed conservation processes from behind the glass windows in the Millennium Seed Bank.
Throughout the summer holidays – until 2 September:
Toilets and pop-up catering will be available near Tree Trunk Trek and barbequed food and ice-cream will be available in the Carriage Ring.
The Stables Restaurant, Redwoods and the Seed Café has a selection of delicious hot and cold lunches for all ages.
For more information contact Sandra Howard, Communications and Content Manager on 01444 894336
Wakehurst, Kew’s Wild Botanic Garden in the Sussex High Weald, is one of the most beautiful and significant botanic gardens in the country. It is home to Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, which houses and protects seed from the world’s most substantial and diverse collection of threatened and useful wild plants, and leads the MSB Partnership, a crucially important global science-based conservation programme which is the largest of its kind in the world. The estate includes a contemporary botanic garden, where ornamental plantings and exotic tree and shrub collections of international importance sit within native woodland. Wakehurst’s natural assets associated with its countryside location renders it complementary to Kew’s West London site, with different growing conditions, and a real emphasis on wild plant collections. Coupled with the Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst offers an inspiring, immersive, and educational day out for the whole family, and serves as a vital contribution to UK and global plant conservation.
Please note that Wakehurst is referred to just as Wakehurst, not Wakehurst Place. It is not a National Trust property.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding collections as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world. Kew Gardens is a major international and a top London visitor attraction. Kew’s 132 hectares of landscaped gardens, and Wakehurst, Kew’s Wild Botanic Garden, attract over 2.1 million visits every year. Kew was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009. Wakehurst is home to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world. Kew receives just under half of its funding from Government through the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and research councils. Further funding needed to support Kew’s vital work comes from donors, membership and commercial activity including ticket sales.