Orchids Festival at Kew
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Kew After Hours: Orchids Festival

Join us after hours for exclusive experiences including Thai dance performances, massage and spa treatments, cocktails and insect-tasting. Over 18s only. 15, 16, 22, 23 February and 1, 2 March 2018.

Event details

15, 16, 22, 23 February and 1, 2 March 2018. 6pm to 9.30pm.

Princess of Wales Conservatory. Entrance via Jodrell Gate only.


Buy tickets (choose from three sessions: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm)
£16. Carers go free.

A tropical paradise

Join our celebration of Thailand’s vibrant colours, culture, and magnificent plant life at the Orchids Festival: After Hours event. Enjoy exclusive access to the tropical paradise of the Princess of Wales Conservatory, and wander among the vibrant displays of orchids after the crowds have left for the day.

There will be traditional Thai cuisine for you to purchase and enjoy, and a themed bar serving cocktails and other drinks - as well as edible insects!

So get together with your friends and enjoy a night out like no other.

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Traditional Thai dance performances

Be entertained by graceful and talented dancers.

Thai dancer (Image: Kru Tony Moore, CCbySA4.0)

Authentic Thai head massage and spa treatments

Experience wellness and serenity, in body and mind, which are important in Thai culture.

Zen stones (Image: Swati, CCbySA4.0)

Thai art of vegetable carving

Enjoy demonstrations of this intricate and exceptional art, and see the chef create patterns almost too good to eat.

Thai vegetable carving (Image: CCbySA3.0)

Traditional Thai dress

Learn about Thai traditional dress and enjoy the most tropical selfie opportunity you’ll get this winter.

Thai silk cloth (Image: JJ Harrison, CCbySA3.0)

Perfume expert

Delight in the aroma of orchids, and learn how they attract pollinators with gorgeous (and not so pleasant) scents.

Orchids Festival at Kew

Kew's orchid experts

Meet Kew's experts and discover how the orchid festival was built - and how important orchids are to our ecosystems.

Kew horticulturist installing the Orchids Festival

Everything you need to know

  • Over 18s only.
  • Your After Hours ticket does not include entry to the Gardens during the day.
  • Tickets must be booked in advance. Online booking only.
  • Access to the event is through Jodrell Gate (TW9 3DS), which is accessed via Kew Road. It is equidistant from Kew Bridge station and Kew Gardens station.
  • The event takes place inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory, which is a short walk through the Gardens from Jodrell Gate. The path will be lit and stewards will show you the way.
  • Regrettably, the Princess of Wales Conservatory is not fully accessible. Wheelchairs are permitted but mobility scooters are not.
  • For the safety and security of everyone we will 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.