What’s on this November at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst

Release date: 27 October 2022

  • Christmas at Kew celebrates its 10th sparkling year - book now!
  • Glow Wild returns to Wakehurst, with a brand-new route and 11 bespoke invitations
  • Horticultural highlights include continuing autumn colour at Kew Gardens and a celebration of shape and texture at Wakehurst with weird and wonderful fungi, set within a tapestry of autumn colour
  • Coming soon: Orchids 2023

Kew Gardens

Christmas at Kew

From Wednesday 16 November 2022 to Sunday 8 January 2023, Christmas at Kew, a much-loved highlight of London’s festive calendar, returns for its tenth year. This year’s trail features a host of firm seasonal favourites alongside pioneering new light installations, illuminating Kew Gardens’ UNESCO World Heritage landscape with vibrant bursts of colour and over a million twinkling lights. A celebration of nature by night, and the wonder of biodiversity, this is an enchanting seasonal experience like no other, for visitors of all ages.
Pre-booking essential.

Christmas at Kew
Christmas at Kew, Jeff Eden © RBG Kew

Short courses

Why not sign up for a short course at Kew, choose from a botanical bead and wire workshop or a masterclass in growing winter crops and learn a brand-new skill? Led by a selection of experts, these one-day courses offer unique opportunities to develop fresh skills within the stunning surroundings of Kew’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Botanical pen and ink: Intermediate | 16 - 18 November | 10:30am - 4pm | Museum No.1 | £365 (includes entry to the gardens)

Join Lucy T Smith for this three-day course, suitable for intermediate participants who know the basics of botanical pen and ink but want to improve their skills. This course will introduce drawing complex subjects, rendering, flower dissection and the enlargement of details, as well as including a tour of Kew’s Herbarium and selected works from the Library, Art and Archives Collection.

When Flowers Dream

Continuing in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art is the debut London exhibition for acclaimed Australian artist Tanya Schultz, known as Pip & Pop. When Flowers Dream showcases an eclectic, playful and immersive mix of vibrant artworks and a brand-new bespoke installation created especially for Kew Gardens- an imaginary landscape brimming with foods of the future.

Horticultural highlights

Horticultural highlights on display this month at Kew include the continuation of vibrant autumnal hues of Kew’s arboretum, which can be enjoyed from a unique perspective with a seasonal stroll along the Treetop Walkway. At Wakehurst, visitors can roam the wild landscape, surrounded by stunning autumn colour throughout the gardens, whilst looking out for weird and wonderful fungi on the forest floor.

Shaggy parasol (Chlorophyllum rhacodes). Mushroom on woodland floor with a shaggy cap.
Shaggy parasol mushrooms in the Gardens, Andrew McRobb © RBG Kew

Kew Publishing Book of the Month: Arboretum by Tony Kirkham and Katie Scott

Trees are some of nature's most majestic and beguiling life forms. Arboretum is a beautifully illustrated celebration of trees from around the world, and sheds light on the vital role they play in every part of human life. From trees associated with ancient mythology, to the rarest and most unusual specimens, wander the arboretum and meet mighty oaks and towering redwoods. Learn just how ancient trees like the gingko and monkey puzzle are, and trace the complexities of the wood wide web. Exclusive to Kew until March 2023.

Online courses from David & Charles

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and David & Charles have partnered to deliver a selection of new online learning courses, available to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Courses are delivered through a mix of video tuition and downloadable instructions and include a materials kit to provide established and amateur artists alike with the tools they need to develop their skills. Courses now live include Capturing The Inner Beauty of Flowers in Pen & Ink with Hazel Wilks, Painting Roses in Watercolour with Trevor Waugh, and Botanical Watercolour Vegetables with Rachel Pedder-Smith.

Coming soon: Orchids 2023

Back bigger and better than ever for 2023, Kew Gardens’ much-loved Orchid festival returns to the Princess of Wales Conservatory from Saturday 4 February to Sunday 5 March 2023. Taking inspiration from the beauty and biodiversity of Cameroon, Orchids 2023 is a vibrant celebration of colour to brighten up the winter months, and is the first time Kew’s Orchid festival will celebrate an African nation.

Orchid festival
Orchid festival, Jeff Eden © RBG Kew



Glow Wild - Book now | Selected evenings 24 November 2022 to 1 January 2023 | 4pm - 10pm

Wakehurst’s enchanting winter lantern trail is back for its ninth year, featuring a brand-new route and packed full of other surprises. This year, Glow Wild celebrates the spectrum of colours in nature, inviting you to explore how we see colour and the role it plays in our daily lives. Quiet sessions and family tickets are available and pre-booking is essential.

Moon and star lanterns, deer installation, tallest-living Christmas tree and lanterns at Glow Wild 2022
Glow Wild 2022 © RBG Kew


Willow deer making workshop | Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 November, Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 November | 10am – 4:30pm | Adults: £89, Wakehurst and Kew members: £80

Create a stunning willow deer for your garden. Workshop leader Martin Brockman will offer a step-by-step guide to weaving willow, coppiced hazel and other hedgerow materials over the course of the day.

Christmas wreath making workshop | Friday 25 – Sunday 27 November | 10:30am - 12:30pm or 2pm – 4pm | Adults: £50, Wakehurst and Kew members: £45

Get festive, learn a new skill and create a beautiful Christmas wreath to make sure your door is the best dressed in town. Owner of Chestnut Flower Company, Gemma Laver, will host this relaxed and fun workshop, where you will be shown step-by-step how to make your own unique wreath. Entry to the gardens is included in your ticket, as well as tea, coffee and mince pies!


Surviving or Thriving: An exhibition on plants and us | Daily, 10am – 3:30pm | Millennium Seed Bank | Included with entry

This exhibition brings Kew’s State of the World’s Plants reports to life, telling the story of why some plants are only surviving, while others are thriving. Through film, audio, models, and a futuristic garden, explore the challenges that plants face and discover the vital role of fungi too.

Wooden tree surrounded by glass exhibition
Millennium Seed Bank Surviving or Thriving Exhibition, Visual Air © RBG Kew

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About Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world-famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding collections and scientific expertise in plant and fungal diversity, conservation, and sustainable development in the UK and around the globe. Kew’s scientists and partners lead the way in the fight against biodiversity loss and finding nature-based solutions to the climate crisis, aided by five key scientific priorities outlined in Kew’s Science Strategy 2021-2025. Kew Gardens is also a major international and top London visitor attraction. Kew’s 132 hectares of historic, landscaped gardens, and Wakehurst, Kew’s Wild Botanic Garden and ‘living laboratory’, attract over 2.5 million visits every year. Kew Gardens was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 260th anniversary in 2019. Wakehurst is home to the Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world and a safeguard against the disastrous effects of climate change and biodiversity loss. RBG Kew received approximately one third of its funding from Government through the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and research councils. Further funding needs to support RBG Kew’s vital scientific and educational work comes from donors, memberships and commercial activity including ticket sales. For tickets, please visit www.kew.org/kew-gardens/visit-kew-gardens/tickets. In the first six months since implementing a new accessibility scheme for those in receipt of Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Legacy Benefits, Kew has welcomed 10,000 visitors with £1 tickets.

About Wakehurst

Please note that Wakehurst is referred to just as Wakehurst, not Wakehurst Place. It is not a National Trust property.

Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex is home to the Millennium Seed Bank and over 500 acres of the world’s plants including temperate woodlands, ornamental gardens and a nature reserve. It is situated in the High Weald of Sussex, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and focuses on wild plant collections. The Millennium Seed Bank houses and protects seed from the world’s most substantial and diverse collection of threatened and useful wild plants, making it the most biodiverse place on earth.

RBG 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. 

In March 2021, RBG Kew launched its 10-year strategy Our Manifesto for Change 2021. The institution’s ultimate goal is step up to help to end the extinction crisis and contribute to creating a world where nature is protected, valued by all and managed sustainably. In the wake of a global pandemic, and with the future of the planet in peril, the strategy represents a public commitment by RBG Kew to do everything in its power to reverse the environmental devastation of biodiversity loss and climate change.  The five key priorities are 1) Delivering science-based knowledge and solutions to protect biodiversity and use natural resources sustainably 2) Inspiring people to protect the natural world 3) Training the next generation of experts: 4) Extending our reach 5) Influencing national and international opinion and policy.

On May 25 2021 RBG Kew launched its new Sustainability Strategy – committing to become Climate Positive by 2030 and marking a step-change in our urgent action to tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis.