Chihuly Nights

Illuminated artworks and inspiring music under the evening sky at Chihuly Nights.

Dale Chihuly, 'Sapphire Star', 2010 © Chihuly Studio


15 August to 26 October 2019: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday


7.30pm-10.30pm (last entry to Gardens at 9pm)


Kew Gardens


Adult £18

Member Adult £12

Other ticket types and prices available

Light up your evenings

Experience the majestic quality of Dale Chihuly’s colours and forms when his glass artworks are illuminated under the evening sky. Relax as you stroll around Kew Gardens after dark – both out in the Gardens and inside some of the glasshouses and galleries – and enjoy a rotating line up of live musicians to complement the atmosphere. Top off your night with a tasty tipple and hot and cold food, served from one of our three restaurants.

As the sun goes down, the lights come up

If you time your visit just right, you can watch the sun set over Kew Gardens and see Chihuly’s artwork glow under the evening sky.

Unique soundscape

Enjoy beautifully elevating music commissioned by Guest Artists, and based on a composition by acclaimed composer Nico Muhly. The music features wind instruments and the human voice to reflect Chihuly’s use of breath in creating his artworks, and the glass used in many of Kew’s own iconic structures.

Other composers and live musicians will respond live to Muhly’s music during Chihuly Nights to create original and ever-changing soundscapes inside Temperate House and the Pavilion Bar and Grill to enhance your visit. Featured artists include the UK’s only glass harmonica player, Alasdair Malloy. Chihuly Nights visitors will also have the opportunity to add your own sounds to the composition, making for a truly immersive experience.

Taste the night

Why not treat yourself to a range of hot and cold food, available from Victoria Gate café and the newly opened Pavilion Bar and Grill? Serving everything from light bites through to full evening meals, there will be something to suit all appetites. Enjoy the bubbly prosecco bar and ice cream vendor on warmer nights.

Hero image: Dale Chihuly, Sapphire Star © Chihuly Studio

Further information

  • Please note that your Chihuly Nights ticket does not permit you entry to the Gardens during the day.
  • Booking in advance online is highly recommended as there are only a very limited amount of tickets on sale at the Gates.
  • Please note that access to the event is only through Victoria Gate, which is the main entry to Kew Gardens, accessed via Kew Road.
  • Please bring a torch and stay on the designated paths at all times.
  • There is no parking at Kew Gardens, please plan your route via public transport.
  • There are no covered paths so please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather.
  • For the safety and security of everyone we may carry out full security checks at the entrance gate. Your belongings and your person may be searched. Please bring only what is essential to your evening. If you see anything suspicious or any persons acting suspiciously, please tell the nearest member of staff immediately. Please do not leave any belongings unattended at any time. 
  • Last entry time is 9pm.

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