Celebrate Day of the Dead with all the family at Kew Gardens during October Half Term.
Immerse yourself in the vibrancy of Mexican culture with a whole day of fun, family activities, from dress-up stations, carnival dance workshops, parades, through to our unique art installations in the Temperate House that bring Mexico to life. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for our slumber of jungle sloths!
Join Mandinga Arts to discover the stories and ‘characters’ of Day of the Dead through playful movement and games.
Following the workshop, show off your moves in the parade. Join giant skeleton puppets and dancers in traditional costume, all in front of the Temperate house.
Look out for the dress-up station, where you can try on hats and headdresses, and take a photo with your family until 4:30pm.
Storytelling with the Crick Crack Club
22- 23 and 29 - 30 October at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Bold, magical, and humorous storytelling, performed by Crick Crack Club in the Davies Exploration House. Inspired by Day of the Dead, the storytellers dig into the underworld of global myth, folklore, and fairytale.
Mariachi Las Adelitas
(Saturdays and Sundays 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm. Performances last 30 minutes, except Sun 30 October 10:30am, 12pm and 1pm)
Join us each weekend throughout October as we celebrate traditional Mexican music with a not-so traditional twist. You'll find live performances from Mariachi Las Adelitas, an all-female mariachi band.
Eating and drinking
Close to the Temperate house, you’ll find Kew’s Pavilion Bar and Grill.
Guest Chef at the Pavilion Bar and Grill
During the festival, enjoy a bespoke menu celebrating Mexican cuisine designed by chef Edson Diaz-Fuentes.
Family Kitchen & Shop
Stop by our new multi-sensory Family Kitchen & Shop – a perfect pitstop for a family day out.
A vibrant celebration of plants, art, and culture.